The hub for news related to all 500 Festival events & programs

Welcome to the 500 Festival newsroom – your hub for news related to all 500 Festival events and programs. The newsroom will provide you with media resources including press releases, downloadable photos, and videos, and how to request media credentials. Logos for the 500 Festival are available upon request.


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Media Contact

Lindsay Labas, Vice President, Marketing & Communications
317.614.6141 |


Media Credentials

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Request Media Credentials

Requests may be submitted all at once or at least 2 weeks prior to each event listed.

Credential Guidelines

  1. A media credential does not mean “all access.” Pay close attention to your credential and the instructions provided with them.
  2. Due to existing contractual agreements, there are restrictions on live broadcasts of some 500 Festival events.
  3. Photos may not be sold or used for advertorial purposes.
  4. Media credentials do not permit access on the running course or into athlete start and finish areas.
  5. Credential pick-up, event schedules, and further details will be sent out at least one week before each event. You are responsible for picking up your credential(s) at the 500 Festival Office Tuesdays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  6. The 500 Festival holds the right to approve, deny or revoke any and all assigned credentials.
  7. Credentials are assigned per person, and should not be transferred to another media member or non-media persons, or they will be revoked.
  8. Freelance journalists may be asked to submit a printed copy or tape of their most recent coverage.
  9. Media must wear their credentials and carry valid photo identification when covering 500 Festival events.
  10. By requesting a media credential, you agree to all terms and conditions set forth.


PLEASE NOTE: Any requests to cover events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Snake Pit, Indy 500, qualifications, Carb Day, etc.) must be submitted to IMS directly, HERE. The 500 Festival does not handle their requests.

Press Releases

March 19, 2012

IPL Renews Title Sponsorship of the 500 Festival Parade

Tue, 2011-09-06 08:54 IPL’s contributions to the parade span more than 50 years INDIANAPOLIS (September 6, 2011) – The 500 Festival announced today that Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL) has renewed a multi-year agreement as title sponsor for the 500 Festival Parade. IPL has been a committed supporter of the 500 Festival Parade since …

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March 19, 2012

Registration for the 2012 500 Festival and Indianapolis 500® Education Program opens

Mon, 2011-08-22 20:39   Program for fourth graders provides Academic Standards and Curriculum INDIANAPOLIS (August 23, 2011) – Indiana’s fourth grade students will once again be able to learn more about the 500 Festival and the Indianapolis 500’s® place and importance in Indiana’s rich culture as the 500 Festival and Indianapolis 500® Education Program gears …

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March 19, 2012

500 Festival Announces Dates for 2012 Mini-Marathon, 5K and Training Series

Sun, 2011-08-07 20:39   INDIANAPOLIS (August 8, 2011) – The 500 Festival announced today the official dates for the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, Finish Line 500 Festival 5K and 500 Festival Training Series, presented by OrthoIndy.   OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon The 36th running of the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon will take place on Saturday, …

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