Celebrities from the silver screen, television and music once again will flock to Indianapolis this weekend for the 92nd Indianapolis 500 and events surrounding the race.
The celebrities will attend the race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway,scheduled to start at 1 p.m. (ET) Sunday, May 25.
Many of the stars will walk the red carpet in the Pagoda Plaza starting at 10 a.m. and take celebrity Pace Car laps around the famed 2.5-mile IMS oval starting at approximately 11:45 a.m.
Carlos Diaz, a correspondent for the popular entertainment magazine show "Extra," will be the master of ceremonies on the red carpet. Headlining the list of celebrities are two recent "Dancing with the Stars" winners: Julianne Hough and Kristi Yamaguchi.
Hough, a professional ballroom dancer who has won the "Dancing with the Stars" twice - most recently with two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves last fall, will sing the national anthem before the start of the race.
Her debut country music album, "Julianne Hough," was released this month. Yamaguchi was named "Dancing with the Stars" season six champion May 20.
1992 Olympic figure skating gold medalist Yamaguchi will serve as honorary starter for the "500," waving the green flag to send the 33-car Indianapolis500 field into action. Yamaguchi is the first female honorary starter inIndianapolis 500 history.
Many of the celebrities in Indianapolis for race weekend will attend or participate in community events such as the IPL 500 Festival Parade starting at noon Saturday, May 24 in down town Indianapolis and the Regions 500Festival Snakepit Ball at 6 p.m. that day at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis.
The complete list of celebrities expected to attend the 92nd Indianapolis500 (listed in alphabetical order): .
Paul Adelstein (Actor: "Private Practice," "Memoirs of a Geisha,""Intolerable Cruelty") .Marcus Allen (Former NFL superstar, 2003 ProFootball Hall of Fame inductee) .Richard Branson (Chairman of Virgin Group).Ruth Buzzi (Actress and comedian) .Kim Coates (Actor: "Black Hawk Down,""Prison Break," "Smallville," "CSI Miami") .Brad Cooper (Actor: "WeddingCrashers," "Nip/Tuck") .David Cubitt (Actor: "Medium") .Baron Davis (Pointguard for the NBA's Golden State Warriors) .
Anthony Edwards (Actor: "ER,""Top Gun") .Jenna Elfman (Actress: "Dharma and Greg") .William Fichtner(Actor: "Prison Break," "Blades of Glory") .Nicky Hayden (2006 MotoGP WorldChampion, taking an exhibition lap around the IMS oval during Indianapolis500 pre-race) .Patricia Heaton (Actress: "Everybody Loves Raymond," IPL 500Festival Parade grand marshal) .Florence Henderson (Actress and entertainer).Julianne Hough (Singer and professional ballroom dancer, "Dancing with theStars," singing the national anthem before the start of the Indianapolis500) .Drew Lachey (Singer and entertainer: 98 Degrees, "Dancing with theStars") .
Max Martini (Actor: "Saving Private Ryan," "The Unit") .CameronMathison (Actor: "All My Children," "Dancing with the Stars") .Marlee Matlin(Academy Award-winning actress) and her "Dancing with the Stars" partner,Fabian Sanchez .Ted McGinley (Actor: "Married With Children"), theIndianapolis 500 trip is a birthday gift from his wife..Candice Michelle (WWE Diva, Go Daddy Girl) .Bode Miller (Multi-time AlpineSkiing World Cup champion, U.S. Olympic skier) .Frankie Muniz (Actor:"Malcolm in the Middle," "My Dog Skip") .Jim Nabors, actor and entertainer.Luke Perry (Actor: "Beverly Hills 90210") .
Gen. Victor E. Renuart Jr.(Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command and United StatesNorthern Command) .Slash (Musician: Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver).Alison Sweeney (Actress: "Days of Our Lives," "America's Biggest Loser").Alex Tai (Chief operating officer, Virgin Galactic) .Whitney Thompson(Model: Winner of this season's "America's Next Top Model") .David Uhl(Artist: Creator of the 2008 Indianapolis 500 Official Program cover) .
MajorGen. R. Martin Umbarger, Adjutant General of Indiana, Indiana National Guard, commander of more than 14,000 Army and air soldiers and airmen..Kristi Yamaguchi (1992 Olympic gold medalist and world-champion figureskater, most recent "Dancing with the Stars" winner. First female Indianapolis 500 honorary starter) .Ian Ziering (Actor: "Beverly Hills90210")
*** Indy 500 tickets on sale:
Tickets are on sale for the 2008 Indianapolis 500on Sunday, May 25, the 92nd running of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing."
Fans can order tickets online at indianapolismotorspeedway.com, bycalling the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700 or (800) 822-INDY outsidethe Indianapolis area, or at the ticket office at the Indianapolis MotorSpeedway. Parking and camping information also can be obtained through theticket office. Hours for phone orders and the ticket office are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (ET)Monday-Sunday during May, with special hours of 6 a.m.-1 p.m. on Race Day,Sunday, May 25.
Online orders can be made at any time. Race Day ticketprices start at just $20. Indy 500 TV, radio: ABC and ESPN2 will provide live Race Day televisioncoverage of the 92nd Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 25. Pre-race coveragestarts at 11 a.m. (ET) on ESPN2, continuing at noon on ABC.
Race coveragebegins at 1 p.m. on ABC. IMS Radio Network Race Day coverage starts with a pre-race show at noon,followed by the race at 1 p.m. The radio network's coverage also will bebroadcast live on XM Satellite Radio Channel 145, "IndyCar Series Racing,"and XM Channel 144. .IMS2008-071.