By: Tanner Watkins
March 15, 2019 | 8:00 AM
As the second day of the three-day Indianapolis 500 weekend, Firestone Legends Day has grown into a fine alternative to the rock and roll seen on Carb Day and the non-stop action on race day. On Thursday, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway released some details about the 2019 edition of Legends Day, to be held on Saturday, May 25.
This year’s version of Legends Day will salute the “Sensational ’60s” as part of a continued celebration for Mario Andretti. The Speedway announced over the offseason that it would honor Andretti during the month of May with this year being the 50th anniversary of Mario’s Indianapolis 500 win in 1969. Part of that celebration includes a Legends Day focus on the 1960s.
Announced activities for Legends Day include a full-field autograph session featuring each qualified driver in this year’s Indianapolis 500, the annual public drivers’ meeting held in the Tower Terrace, an autograph session featuring retired Indianapolis 500 drivers as well as additional legends from the 1960s, and historic car demonstration laps on the IMS oval plus vintage cars on display near the trackside garages on the south end of the track.
Annually, the day has also included a memorabilia show in the IMS Pagoda Plaza, and that is expected to return again in 2019 with more details to come later.
Admission to Legends Day and all of the above-mentioned activities is $10, though fans will have to pay an additional $35 to watch this year’s Legends Day concert featuring the Zac Brown Band. The concert will start at 3:30 p.m. on that day and will be held inside Turn 4 of the Speedway. Tickets are available at IMS.com.
“There have been many great eras in the history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, but few have captivated the fans like the 1960s,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said.
“It was a transformative decade of iconic drivers and machines that helped ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing’ reach a new level of global popularity. We can’t wait to share in this celebration with our loyal fans on Legends Day presented with Firestone, and we thank Firestone for its continued support of these events that create new magic and memories.”
Highlighting the 1960s at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway brings into focus an important time period in the history of the track and this event. The 1960s brought the debut of a variety of icons, including Al Unser, Johnny Rutherford, Gordon Johncock, Dan Gurney, Jackie Stewart, Jack Brabham, Mark Donohue and Lloyd Ruby – as well as Roger Penske’s race team.
The ’60s featured winners such as A.J. Foyt, the aforementioned Andretti, Parnelli Jones, Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Bobby Unser, Jim Rathmann and Roger Ward, icons of the Indianapolis 500 for years to come.
Additionally, that decade also saw some of the most intuitive technology developments in the history of the Indianapolis 500. Who could forget the STP turbine cars developed by Andy Granatelli, or the introduction of rear-engined cars with Jim Clark’s race-winning 1965 Lotus?
Legends Day falls on Saturday, May 25 this year and will follow Miller Lite Carb Day (Friday, May 24) as part of the 103rd Indianapolis 500 race weekend. The race will be held on Sunday, May 26 with a green flag time of approximately 12:20 p.m. Tickets are still available at IMS.com.
Full Legends Day Schedule
All times Eastern and subject to change.
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. | Indianapolis 500 Memorabilia Show, Pagoda Plaza
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. | Gates Open
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. | Vintage car displays, Trackside Garages
9:00 to 10:00 a.m. | Full-field autograph session, Pagoda Plaza
10:25 a.m. | Public drivers’ meeting, Tower Terrace
11:15 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. | Historic car demonstration laps, IMS Oval
12:00 to 2:30 p.m. | Indy 500 legends autograph session, North Chalet
3:30 p.m. | Firestone Legends Day concert featuring Zac Brown Band
Image by Indianapolis Motor Speedway.