In what is becoming the unofficial start to each year’s Indianapolis 500 countdown, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway confirmed today that the track will once again host a “100 Days Out” party leading up to May’s 103rd running.
Started in 2016 as a support event to the historic 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500, the party has been held each year since with the occasion falling in mid-February each time. The 2019 event will be held at IMS once again, this time on Friday, February 15.
In years’ past, the gathering has featured an opportunity to take pictures with the Borg-Warner Trophy, kiss the (very cold) Yard of Bricks, autograph sessions with select drivers, and a roundtable discussion with Speedway president J. Douglas Boles and a pair of Indianapolis 500 drivers for that year.
Drivers on hand for last year’s event included three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves, 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi, Ed Carpenter Racing’s Spencer Pigot, and Juncos Racing’s Kyle Kaiser.
As part of today’s confirmation that Jim Cornelison will be back to perform “Back Home Again in Indiana,” the release from IMS noted that Cornelison will also perform at this year’s “100 Days Out” party.
“Performing at the Indianapolis 500 is one of the ultimate highlights and privileges of my career, as the electricity and magic of race day is incredible,” says Cornelison, the National Anthem singer for the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks.
“I’m so grateful for the warm welcome from Indy 500 and IndyCar Series fans around the world and I’m excited to sing at more events.”
Historically there has been no cost of admission for the “100 Days Out” party. In 2018, IMS sent out a Tweet one week before the party with instructions on how to RSVP – though space was limited and the gathering did “sell out.”
Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for further announcements from the Speedway near the start of February. We will also share the news on our social media platforms once it is released and there are opportunities to RSVP.
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