NDIANAPOLIS (April 29, 2019) The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events and programs celebrating the legacy of the Indianapolis 500, today announces that tickets to the 2019 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc., have sold out. The event will be held Saturday, May 18 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s Plaza Pavilion, with former IndyCar driver and current NTT IndyCar Series team owner and philanthropist, Sam Schmidt as the featured guest.
2019 marks the 61st 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 60 Hoosier mayors from across the state who will gather to celebrate the month of May in Indiana. Additional special guests attending include Governor Eric Holcomb, Lieutenant General Arnold W. Bunch, Jr., the Military Deputy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, and Adjutant General of Indiana, Major General Courtney P. Carr. Bob Jenkins, the man behind one of racing’s most iconic voices, will once again serve as the event’s emcee.
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 guest of honor, Sam Schmidt, 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 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500.
“The 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc., has been a Hoosier tradition for more than 60 years. This unique event brings together more than 60 Indiana mayors, business leaders, race fans and 500 Festival Princesses to celebrate racing’s rich history and Indiana’s deep connection to the Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” said 500 Festival president and CEO, Bob Bryant. “It’ll be an incredible experience to hear Sam’s story of overcoming adversity and using innovative technologies to improve the livelihood of people with disabilities. We’re looking forward to hosting our guests at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 18th.”
To learn more about the 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard or to sign up for the wait list for tickets, visit www.500festival.com/breakfast or search #BrickyardBreakfast on social media.
Corporate partners of the 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard are: Midwestern Engineers, Inc., Ice Miller, McDondald’s, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Eufloric Events, 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.