CELEBRATION OF AUTOMOBILES: MAY 10-13
The second annual Celebration of Automobiles will feature an expanded lineup of events Thursday, May 10 through Sunday, May 13 that continues to pay tribute to the rich heritage of automotive development at the track for more than 100 years.
A Vintage and Historic Car Show featuring some of the most beautiful and rare cars from 1920-70 once again will be the focal point of the 2012 Celebration of Automobiles, with an Emerging Tech Showcase also being integrated into the event. The new addition is an Automobile Festival, featuring hundreds of current and late model vehicles, and displays from aftermarket accessory and automotive product companies.
“It’s a great thrill for everyone at IMS to welcome back an expanded Celebration of Automobiles,” said Jeff Belskus, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation president and chief executive officer. “Last year’s inaugural event during the 100th Indianapolis 500 was such a rousing success with car owners and enthusiasts that we wanted to grow this event into another wonderful annual tradition of the Month of May at the Speedway.”
The Celebration of Automobiles is open to the public from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Opening Day for the 96th Indianapolis 500, with the new IZOD IndyCar Series car also making its IMS competitive on-track debut. All activities are included in public gate admission of $10, with children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.
Other activities scheduled May 10-13 for Vintage and Historic Car Show participants include a golf event, Welcome Reception, track laps and Awards Dinner featuring legendary Indianapolis 500 team owner Roger Penske.
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