From IndyCar driver to team owner to successful business owner, Fisher will discuss her life in racing
INDIANAPOLIS (May 9, 2018) – The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events and programs that celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500®, today announced that racing trailblazer and Indianapolis 500 veteran, Sarah Fisher, will speak at the 2018 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc. The event will be held on Saturday, May 19 at 8:30 a.m. at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
A nine-time Indianapolis 500 starter, the most by a woman, Sarah Fisher holds many records. She is the first woman to win the pole position for a major North American open-wheel event, the fastest woman to ever qualify for the Indianapolis 500 and the current track record holder at Kentucky Speedway. Fisher spent eight years as an INDYCAR team owner, driving for herself in three of those years and leading Josef Newgarden to his first two victories in INDYCAR. She was voted “Most Popular Driver” four times in two separate series (INDYCAR and Nascar). Today, Fisher is a team racing consultant, the IndyCar pace car driver and business owner. Her newest venture, Speedway Indoor Karting and 1911 Grill, is an indoor karting facility and racing restaurant that has quickly become a hub of activity on the bustling Main Street of Speedway, Indiana. Fisher is active within the community and serves on the 500 Festival Board of Directors.
“We’re excited to have Sarah Fisher 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. “From driver to team owner to racing mentor to business owner, Sarah’s lived much of her life in racing and she’s got a truly unique perspective. Sarah has some great stories and we can’t wait to hear her conversation with Bob Jenkins! It’s going to be a great day at IMS.”
2018 marks the 60th anniversary of this 500 Festival event. Formerly called the Mayor’s Breakfast, the event was held in downtown Indianapolis for many years. In 2004 it was moved to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and its name was changed to Breakfast at the Brickyard to reflect the new location. For 60 years, the event has continued the tradition of honoring Indiana’s mayors for their tireless work to improve communities around the state. This year, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett will host more than 70 Hoosier mayors from across the state who will gather to celebrate the month of May in Indiana.
The 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc., attracts race fans, business and civic leaders from all corners of the state. During the event, attendees will enjoy a hearty Hoosier breakfast and hear from Sarah Fisher, as well as IMS and 500 Festival executives, before the announcement of the 500 Festival Queen Scholar. Ticket holders will have the opportunity to drive their car around the famed oval track at IMS (weather permitting) and tour the garages before enjoying the afternoon qualifying session for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500.
Individual tickets are available for $75 and corporate tables are available for $850. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit 500Festival.com/breakfast or call 317-614-6400. Or, you can search #BrickyardBreakfast on social media.
Corporate partners of the 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard are: Midwestern Engineers, Inc., Ice Miller, Business Furniture, 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 that celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500® and foster 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.