500 Festival & Indianapolis 500 Education Program Rescheduled Media Day: May 8

500 Festival & Indianapolis 500 Education Program Rescheduled Media Day: May 8

Tue, 2013-05-07 11:16


This Wednesday, the 500 Festival will host a Media Day for the 500 Festival & Indianapolis 500® Education Program, presented by Indiana University Health. 500 Festival representatives will be available for comment and assistance onsite at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway® for the May 8 Study Trip. The original April 16 Study Trip Media Day was cancelled due to unsafe weather conditions.

In 2013, more than 23,000 Hoosier fourth-grade students will be learning about Indiana’s rich motorsports culture through the 500 Festival & Indianapolis 500® Education Program. This year, more than 10,000 students will participate in one of the 11 Study Trips to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway® in April or May to experience the lessons learned in the classroom. At each Study Trip, students will rotate through different stations that will teach them about driver safety, timing and scoring, careers in racing, Indianapolis Motor Speedway® history and more.

The following schools will be attending the May 8 Study Trip:

  • St. Joseph Hessen Cassel School, Allen County
  • Milltown Elementary School, Crawford, County
  • Albany Elementary, Delaware County
  • Daleville Elementary School, Delaware County
  • Laurel Elementary School, Franklin County
  • Caston Elementary School, Fulton County
  • East Side Elementary, Johnson County
  • Raymond F. Brandes Elementary IPS #65, Marion County
  • St. Christopher School, Marion County
  • St. Thomas Aquinas, Marion County
  • Stephen Decatur Elementary School, Marion County
  • Rockville Elementary School, Parke County
  • Bainbridge Elementary, Putnam County
  • Morristown Elementary School, Shelby County
  • Lafayette Christian School, Tippecanoe County
  • Tipton Elementary School, Tipton County
  • Sugar Creek Consolidated, Vigo County
  • Woodlawn Elementary, White County


2013 by the numbers:    

                               Schools enrolled: 369 with 980 classrooms

                               Number of students participating: 23,839 

                               Number of Indiana counties participating: 84 of 92

                               Number of Study Trips to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway®: 11


WHEN:                  Wednesday, May 8

                              10 a.m. – noon


Media can park in the parking lot just east of the Tower Terrace Grandstands at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway®. Media will want to enter the Speedway off 16th Street. Once you go under the track, you will take a left before you enter the Museum parking lot. Follow the bend and take the third left, the Tower Terrace Parking Lot will be on the right side.


The mission of the 500 Festival is to advocate and celebrate the spirit, heritage and legacy of the Indianapolis 500®. Through social, cultural and educational events and programs, the 500 Festival enhances the quality of life for all citizens of our communities.

The 500 Festival, a not-for-profit volunteer organization, was created in 1957 to organize civic events celebrating the greatest race in the world. Over the past 56 years, the 500 Festival has grown to become one of the largest festivals in the nation.

Last year, more than 500,000 Hoosiers and visitors participated in nearly 50 events and programs throughout the month of May. Whether they were athletes running the Mini-Marathon, fourth grade students participating in the Education Program, families enjoying the state’s largest festival for kids or spectators being dazzled by one of the nation’s premier parades, they were there, celebrating the legacy.







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