Honor Indiana’s mayors, hear from racing legends
Once a year, racing fans, business leaders, Indiana mayors, and the 33 500 Festival Princesses gather at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc. Mayor of Indianapolis, Joe Hogsett, hosted more than 70 Indiana mayors as we saluted these civic leaders for their tireless work in advancing Hoosier communities.
The 2017 Breakfast at the Brickyard featured three-time Indianapolis 500 winner, Johnny Rutherford. As our honored guest, Johnny was interviewed by Bob Jenkins at the event, sharing stories of his 30-plus years behind the wheel of an Indy car.
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.
Along with hearing from Rutherford, attendees enjoyed the following as part of the day’s festivities:
- Had a hearty Hoosier breakfast at the Plaza Pavilion
- Toured the garages
- Attended that day’s Indianapolis 500 qualifications
- Witnessed the announcement of the 500 Festival Queen
- Honored 70+ Indiana Mayors
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