INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 29, 2014)-- Central Indiana Verizon IndyCar Series fans anxious for the 2015 season to begin will get a taste of the great action to come when an innovative and exciting new tradition rings in the New Year in downtown Indianapolis.
As part of a new community-wide, public New Year’s Eve event on Dec. 31, a Verizon IndyCar Series race car, suspended by a boom and a crane, will begin its 75-foot descent over the pedestrian mall on Georgia Street at 11:59 p.m. When the car lands on the ground at midnight, a fireworks display will signal that the year 2015 has begun.
"Originally, when I heard a car was going to drop I thought it was a light representation of car. But it is a car! An Indy car!" said Mayor Greg Ballard.
This is the first time the City of Indianapolis has hosted a New Year's Eve drop.
What do other cities across the country "drop" on New Year's Eve?
The most famous of all New Year's Eve celebrations is the ball drop in New York City. The tradition in Times Square started in 1907.
In Vincennes, Ind., a giant melon is hoisted above the southwestern city to highlight all the melon farms in the county.
Former Indiana House Speaker John Gregg will pull a cord to release 15 watermelons.
In Hagerstown, Md., it's the Krumpe Donut Drop! The glazed donuts are a local favorite and the paper mache donut is dropped before midnight to allow children the chance to join the fun!
In Idaho - you guess it - a big potato!
In Atlanta, a peach is lowered to count down to the new year.
Then - there's the opossum drop in Brasstown, N.C. But, for the first time in 20 years, the animal will not be alive. PETA fought the tradition.
And in Key West, "Sushi" the drag queen is lowered while sitting in a giant stilletto. It's the eleventh year for the tradition above Duval Street.
The IndyCar drop will be the culmination of a full afternoon and evening’s entertainment that will include an Indiana Pacers-Miami Heat NBA game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse at 3 p.m., followed by free live music on Georgia Street by the White Panda, An Innocent Band, Corey Cox, The Groove Factor, Greta Speaks and House DJ, DJ Lockstar. Additional outdoor attractions include an alpine slide, food trucks, a beer tent and a cornhole tournament.
Click here for a list of other New Year's Eve events in Indianapolis.