Racing Through Decades on Main to Celebrate Decades of Indy 500 Racing

Racing Through Decades on Main to Celebrate Decades of Indy 500 Racing

Wed, 2016-04-20

“Racing Through Decades on Main” to Celebrate Decades of Indy 500 Racing
May 21 Event Commences After First Qualifying Session at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

INDIANAPOLIS – The Host Committee for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 is planning a May 21 “Racing Through Decades on Main” event from 7-10 p.m. in downtown Speedway to celebrate past decades of racing at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The event will begin after the first day of qualifications.
The pub-style crawl will highlight the decades of the 1960’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, 00’s and 10’s. Six of eight downtown Speedway venues taking part in the event each will officially represent a decade. Organizers conducted a drawing on April 18 to connect each venue with a decade. The final results are as follows:

Other participating restaurants include Daredevil Brewery Co. (1151 Main St., www.daredevilbeer.com) and Rolling in the Dough Market & Cafe (1502 Main St., http://www.rollinginthedoughmarket.com/). The event will feature vintage race cars, veteran drivers, live music, delicious food, and specialty cocktails associated with the various decades on display.

The Residential Engagement subcommittee of the 100th Running Host Committee has worked with local restaurants and bars and their vendors to help plan this year’s event. The subcommittee’s goal is to “deliver programs that encourage families and friends to participate in festivities surrounding the Indy 500, celebrating personal traditions around our state’s signature event.”

The Residential Engagement team also has overseen planning for two other activities associated with this year’s race. They include:

  • Porch Party Program – Indiana residents in all 92 counties are invited to extend the 100th running of the Indy 500 into their own community with a Porch party. Porch parties are gatherings perfect for bringing together friends, families, neighbors and communities. There will also be public celebrations around the Indianapolis area.
  • Bike to the 500 – On the day of the Indy 500, up to 1,500 cyclists will ride from City Market in downtown Indianapolis to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on a pre-determined, safe route. Riders will be able to store their bicycles in a confined, secure area. After the race is completed, cyclists will navigate back downtown. The event is a collaboration with the Indianapolis Bicycle Community Advocacy Group (IndyCOG), which is dedicated to making Indianapolis a better, safer place to ride bikes.

About the 100th Running Host Committee
The 100th Running Host Committee of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil has been organized to help ensure this monumental moment in sporting and Hoosier history reaches as many people as possible. The Host Committee includes 12 full committees and 40 sub-committees with hundreds of enthusiastic community volunteers. These individuals will work together to foster pride in our state’s signature event and give all Hoosiers a chance to participate in festivities surrounding the 100th Running. The Host Committee is an offshoot of the 500 Festival, working in tandem with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame museum.
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