INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 19, 2016) – The countdown to the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 is on.
At a Statehouse ceremony Friday, Mayor Joe Hogsett and Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson proclaimed Friday “Countdown to the 100th Indianapolis 500 Day.” Three-time Indy 500 champion Helio Castroneves also spoke at the event. He was joined by fellow drivers Josef Newgarden, Ed Carpenter and Matthew Brabham.
The event is part of a 24-hour promotion leading up to the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. As part of the celebration, crews brought an IndyCar into the Statehouse Friday morning, which has never been done before.
The celebration officially started at IMS at midnight, as fans were invited to gather for a special countdown.
The celebration isn’t limited to Indianapolis. At 4 p.m., attention will shift to the New York Stock Exchange, where Hulman & Company CEO Mark Miles and BorgWarner CEO James Verrier will participate in closing bell ceremonies next to the Borg-Warner Trophy.
An event at the Crane Bay in downtown Indianapolis will close Friday's festivities. The "Pursuit of Progress" gathering will be hosted by ESPN SportsCenter anchor Lindsay Czarniak and feature four-time Indy 500 champion Rick Mears, Verizon IndyCar Series Driver Marco Andretti and many other guests.