Elite Vintage Car To Receive First Road And Track Trophy At IMS‏

New award to be highlight of Celebration of Automobiles, Indy 500 Opening Day May 12

Many of the world's finest classic and vintage automobiles will compete for the prestigious Road & Track Trophy, which will be presented for the first time at the second annual Celebration of Automobiles on Saturday, May 12 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Road & Track, published by Hearst Magazines, is the longest-running and most trusted automotive magazine brand in the United States.

 Road & Track editors will select the winner of the trophy from nearly 200 vintage entrants at the second annual Celebration of Automobiles based on the car they would most like to drive or race. Participating in the judging will be Matt DeLorenzo, editor-in-chief of Road & Track, and the magazine's editor-at-large, John Lamm, among others to be announced at a later date.

 "The Celebration of Automobiles at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway promises to be one of the premier events on the calendar for all automotive enthusiasts," DeLorenzo said. "We are honored and excited to be a part of the opening weekend at Indy."

For more than 20 years, Road & Track has presented awards at some of the world's most highly acclaimed classic and vintage car shows, including the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, and Gordon McCall's Motorsports Revival.

 "The addition of the Road & Track Trophy to our awards program at the Celebration of Automobiles will add tremendous prestige to a very special event at the Speedway," said Jeff Belskus, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation president and chief executive officer. "Road & Track is one of the most respected automobile authorities in the world, with a passionate readership that understands and appreciates the automobile. It's only fitting that one of the magnificent cars in this year's Celebration of Automobiles will be the first to win the Road & Track Trophy."

 The Celebration of Automobiles debuted last May at IMS, featuring more than 200 classic cars from 1911-61 - including many award winners from Concours d'Elegance competitions at revered venues such as Pebble Beach and Amelia Island.

 This year, a Vintage and Historic Car Show featuring some of the most beautiful and rare cars from 1920-70 once again will be the focal point of the Celebration of Automobiles, with an Emerging Tech Showcase also being integrated into the event. The new addition is an Automobile Festival featuring hundreds of current and late model vehicles on display in manufacturer-and model-specific groups inside the infield of the IMS oval.

 The Celebration of Automobiles takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Opening Day of the 96th Indianapolis 500, with the new IZOD IndyCar Series car also making its IMS competitive on-track debut. All activities are included in public gate admission of $10, with children 12 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

For more information on the 2012 Celebration of Automobiles, visit  indianapolismotorspeedway.com/celebrationofautomobiles.

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2012 Indianapolis 500 tickets: Tickets are on sale for the 96th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on Sunday, May 27, 2012 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Race Day ticket prices start at just $30. Fans can buy tickets online at www.imstix.com , by calling the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700, or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, or by visiting the ticket office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday-Friday.

Children 12 and under will be receive free general admission to any IMS event in 2012 when accompanied by an adult general admission ticket holder.

 Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are on sale. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at (866) 221-8775 for more information.

About Road & Track Magazine: Road & Track ( RoadandTrack.com), published by Hearst Magazines, is the longest-running and most trusted automotive magazine brand in the United States.

 The content provided by Road & Track across a variety of platforms is intended for the passionate automotive enthusiast and contains information about cars and driving blended with wide-ranging feature stories, entertainment and racing coverage.

Road & Track's road tests and comparison tests are the most complete and technically accurate in the industry, focusing primarily on domestic and imported sports cars and sports sedans that are a cut above the ordinary in performance, handling, engineering and efficiency - cars that are above all, fun to drive.


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