INDYCAR Team Owner Chip Ganassi to speak at Breakfast at the Brickyard

Tue, Mar 26, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS (March 26, 2013) – INDYCAR Team Owner Chip Ganassi will highlight the 2013 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by ProLiance Energy on Saturday, May 18 at 8:30 a.m. at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s Plaza Pavilion.

Ganassi is the owner of Target Chip Ganassi Racing and Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing in the IZOD IndyCar Series. With more than 30 years in racing, his teams have won multiple Indianapolis 500 races including with Emerson Fittipaldi (1989 as co-owner of Patrick Racing), Juan Pablo Montoya (2000), Scott Dixon (2008) and Dario Franchitti (2010, 2012) and championships in 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. In 2010, Ganassi became the first owner in history to win the “Triple Crown” of American auto racing by winning the Daytona 500, Indianapolis 500, and Brickyard 400 in the same season and then made it a “Chip Slam” when he added the Rolex 24 At Daytona the following January. Click here for a photo of Chip Ganassi.

Ganassi, who also has teams that compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series, started his racing career as a CART driver in 1982 and competed in five Indianapolis 500 races (1982 -1986) with a best finish of 8th in 1983.

During this event, guests will enjoy a hearty Hoosier breakfast, take a lap around the famed oval in their vehicle (weather permitting), tour the garages and experience Pole Day Qualifying for the 2013 Indianapolis 500® (immediately following the event). Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard will salute Hoosier mayors from across the state in attendance in celebration of the month of May in Indiana. In addition, the 2013 500 Festival Queen will be crowned.

This event is open to the public. Individual tickets are available for $60 and corporate and community tables are available for $750. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call the 500 Festival at (317) 614-6400.

The 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by ProLiance Energy is sponsored by Ice Miller, AAA Travel, Crowe Horwath, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, WIBC and WTHR Channel 13.

The mission of the 500 Festival is to advocate and celebrate the spirit, heritage and legacy of the Indianapolis 500®. Through social, cultural and educational events and programs, the 500 Festival enhances the quality of life for all citizens of our communities.

The 500 Festival, a not-for-profit volunteer organization, was created in 1957 to organize civic events celebrating the greatest race in the world. Over the past 56 years, the 500 Festival has grown to become one of the largest festivals in the nation.

Last year, more than 500,000 Hoosiers and visitors participated in nearly 50 events and programs throughout the month of May. Whether they were athletes running the Mini-Marathon, fourth grade students participating in the Education Program, families enjoying the state’s largest festival for kids or spectators being dazzled by one of the nation’s premier parades, they were there, celebrating the legacy.

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