500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc.

Honor Indiana's mayors, hear from racing legends

Held at the Plaza Pavilion at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, guests will enjoy a hearty Hoosier breakfast and hear from racing legends like Unser, Rutherford, and Mears. Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard will salute the Hoosier mayors attending this celebration of the Month of May and the 500 Festival Queen will be crowned. This action-packed day also includes an opportunity for ticket holders to drive their car around the famed oval track (weather permitting) before enjoying the afternoon qualifying session for the Indianapolis 500.

2015 Speakers

Three of racing’s most influential women - Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. James and Alice Hanks - will come together to discuss the evolution of women in racing at the 2015 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc. While women continue to make advancements in racing, just 60 years ago they were not permitted to set foot in the garage area - let alone competitively race. St. James, Guthrie and Hanks will discuss their experiences as trail blazers for women in auto racing and provide insight into racing's evolution as women continue to push the sport forward. The panel will be moderated by television sports announcer, Bob Jenkins. 

  • Janet Guthrie: In 1977, Janet Guthrie made headlines across America when she became the first woman to qualify and compete in the Indianapolis 500. A pioneer for women in the racing industry, Janet's helmet and race suit can be found in the Smithsonian Institution and she has been inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and the International Women's Sports Hall of Fame.
  • Lyn St. James: Lyn St. James made history in 1992 when she was the first woman to win the Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year award. St. James went on to start seven Indianapolis 500 races and was named one of Sports Illustrated for Women’s Top-100 Women Athletes of the Century.
  • Alice Hanks: The wife of 1957 Indianapolis 500 winner, Sam Hanks, Alice Hanks was part of the racing world during a time when women were not allowed in the garage area or on pit lane. Because of the strict regulations surrounding women in racing, Ms. Hanks watched her husband take the checkered flag from the grandstands.

 

 

The 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard is sponsored by Midwestern Engineers, Inc. Ice Miller LLP, Crowe Horwath LLP, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and WIBC.

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