By: Tanner Watkins
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has released further details about their annual ‘100 Days Out’ party which, for many, begins the official countdown to the Indianapolis 500.
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 from 7:00 to 9:30 PM in the Pagoda Plaza’s Pavilion.
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.
This year’s drivers will include 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi, his Andretti Autosport teammate Zach Veach, and Arrow Schmidt Peterson rookie Marcus Ericsson. World-famous performer Jim Corneilson will also be on-hand as a special guest. Corneilson has sung the pre-race staple “Back Home Again in Indiana” since 2017.
“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.”
There is no cost to attend the event, though space is limited so those that are interested in attending need to RSVP at this link.
Header image by Chris Owens/INDYCAR.