Tickets Available Now For Celebration Of Automobiles Dinner May 12

Tickets for the general public are available for the Indianapolis 500 Celebration of Automobiles Awards Dinner on Saturday evening, May 12 at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown.

One of the highlights of the dinner will be a lively question-and-answer session between legendary Indianapolis 500 team owner Roger Penske, Indianapolis 500-winning drivers Rick Mears, Tom Sneva and Bobby Unser, and Indianapolis Motor Speedway Historian Donald Davidson.

The dinner starts with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. It will serve as the climax for the second annual Indianapolis 500 Celebration of Automobiles, which pays tribute to the rich heritage of automotive development at the track for more than 100 years.

Tickets for the dinner are $125 per person. Mail checks payable to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to Peggy Swalls, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, P.O. Box 24152, Speedway, IN 46224 or call Swalls at (317) 492-6706. All tickets will be mailed unless requested to be held for pick-up. Attire is country club casual.

During the elegant dinner, a team of expert judges will reveal its choices for several new awards, including the prestigious Road & Track Trophy, the Media Choice Award and the People's Choice Award. First-place awards and other special trophies also will be presented.

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 2012 Celebration of Automobiles, scheduled for Saturday, May 12 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. An Emerging Tech Showcase also has been integrated into the event. The new addition is an Automobile Festival, featuring hundreds of current and late model vehicles, and displays from aftermarket accessory and automotive product companies.

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 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.