May 19, 2014
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway expanded its entertainment offerings on May 23 -- Coors Light Carb Day – as the Formula Off-Road Presented by TRAXXAS series competes on the world's most famous racetrack.
The Stadium Super Trucks will race on a modified course on the frontstretch of the oval and a portion of the infield road course, which will incorporate man-made ramps at multiple locations.
"My first trip to Indy as a competitor was in 1993 driving for A.J. Foyt," said series founder Robby Gordon, who is a 10-time Indianapolis 500 competitor. "I grew up watching Rick Mears, A.J. and others race at the Speedway and dreamed of driving there, but I never imagined we would race off-road trucks at Indy. I have a lot of great memories from Indianapolis and this will be another one added to the list."
Coors Light Carb Day schedule:
11 a.m.: Verizon IndyCar Series Practice
12:30 p.m.: Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Freedom 100
2 p.m.: Tag Heuer Pit Stop Competition
3:15 p.m.: Menards at the Brickyard Formula Off-Road by Traxxas Practice
3:30 p.m.: Coors Light Carb Day Concert with Sammy Hagar and the Wabos and Sublime With Rome
4:40 p.m.: Menards at the Brickyard Formula Off-Road by TRAXXAS Race
Mark Cuban to be Indy 500 honorary starter
Indiana University graduate Mark Cuban, an entrepreneur and owner of the Dallas Mavericks, will be the honorary starter of the Indianapolis 500 on May 25.
"Whether it's winning an NBA Championship or the honor of waving the green flag to start the Indianapolis 500, there are certain sporting events that are monumental for any true sports fan," Cuban said. "I am excited to come back to Indiana, not just to attend, but actually participate in this historic race."
10-time Indy 500 starter Sir Jack Brabham dies
Sir Jack Brabham, a four-time Indianapolis 500 starter and patriarch of a racing dynasty that includes 10-time Indianapolis 500 starter Geoff Brabham and Indy Lights driver Matthew Brabham, died May 19. He was 88.
"Every time an Indy car runs at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, you can find roots that trace back to Jack Brabham's rear-engined Cooper Climax T54 that he drove to ninth place in the 1961 Indianapolis 500," Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles said. "In addition to starting the rear-engine revolution at IMS, Brabham competed in four Indianapolis 500 Mile Races and designed race cars that competed in the ‘500.’ ’’
Pick a category, get $2 tickets to Firestone 600 ...
Texas Motor Speedway has rolled out a "Kurt Busch's Two for Two for $2" ticket promotion at www.texasmotorspeedway.com/double, where fans have an opportunity to secure two frontstretch grandstand tickets to the Firestone 600 on June 7 for $2 based off correctly predicting his finishes in the Indianapolis 500 and the NASCAR race in North Carolina on May 25.
Busch is the fourth driver to attempt the double, and seeks to be the first driver since Tony Stewart in 2001 to complete the 1,100 miles. There are five general finishing categories from which to choose.
... and enter to win free tickets to Houston doubleheader weekend
Fans who purchase tickets to the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston before 10 a.m. May 25 will receive a full refund if they correctly pick the winning driver of the Indianapolis 500. Get more info by watching the video below or visiting www.grandprixofhouston.com/indy-500-pick-to-win.