Johnny Rutherford to Speak at 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc.

Johnny Rutherford to Speak at 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc.

INDIANAPOLIS (May 11, 2017) The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events that celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500, today announces that Johnny Rutherford, one of the most prolific drivers in the history of the Indy 500, will headline the 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc. Individual tickets are still available. The event will be held on Saturday, May 20 at 8:30 a.m. at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Rutherford is one of just nine drivers to have won the Indianapolis 500 three or more times, making trips to the winner’s circle in 1974, ’76, and ’80. Fittingly named “Lone Star JR” due to his Texas roots, the three-time winner retired from racing in 1994 and went on to serve as an IndyCar pace car driver for many years.

Earlier this week, it was announced that Rutherford, who won two Indy 500’s with McLaren, will serve as the McLaren-Honda-Andretti team ambassador throughout the Month of May. McLaren will be racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the first time in 38 years as they’ve partnered with Honda and Andretti to field a car in the Indy 500, with Fernando Alonso driving.

“We’re honored to have Johnny Rutherford join us for this year’s 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc.,” said Bob Bryant, president and CEO of the 500 Festival. “With more than 30 years of racing history, including a legendary run at the Indianapolis 500, we know Johnny has a lot of great stories. We can’t wait to give him the stage and relive those moments before a great day out at IMS.”

The 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc., honors Indiana’s mayors and attracts race fans and civic leaders from all corners of the state. Attendees will enjoy a hearty Hoosier breakfast and hear from Rutherford, as well as IMS and 500 Festival executives, before the coronation of the 500 Festival Queen. Ticket holders will have the opportunity to drive their car around the famed oval track and tour the garages before enjoying the afternoon qualifying session for the 2017 Indianapolis 500.

Individual tickets are available for $75 and corporate and community tables are available for $850. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please click here or call 317-614-6400. Or, you can search #BrickyardBreakfast on social media.

The 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard is sponsored by: Midwestern Engineers, Inc., Centaur Gaming, Ice Miller, Business Furniture, Crowe Horwath LLP, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, WIBC, The Indianapolis Business Journal, and WISH-TV.

 

About the 500 Festival

Founded in 1957, the 500 Festival is a not-for-profit organization that produces more than 50 life-enriching events and programs while celebrating the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500® and fostering positive impact on the city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana. One of the largest festivals in the nation, each year more than half a million people attend an event or program produced by the 500 Festival. Since its founding, the 500 Festival has contributed more than $400 million in economic value to Indianapolis. To learn more about the 500 Festival, please visit www.500festival.com, follow us on Twitter @500festival, or on Facebook.

 

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