INDIANAPOLIS – 2018 Indianapolis 500 winner Will Power unveiled the ticket for the 103rd Running of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” on Monday, complete with a design capturing the color and emotion of his stirring victory last May.
Power, the 2014 NTT IndyCar Series champion from Toowoomba, Australia, earned his first Indianapolis 500 victory in his 11th career start in the 2018 race. The win was the record-extending 17th for Team Penske in the world’s most prestigious auto race.
The 103rd Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for Sunday, May 26 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Tickets are available at IMS.com. The race will air live on NBC at 11 a.m. ET, except in the Indianapolis market.
A photo of Power’s emotional victory celebration is the centerpiece of the 2019 ticket. He is exalting toward the crowd with his left fist aloft, the winner’s wreath around his torso and drops from the winner’s traditional drink of milk still evident on his face.
The raw excitement of Power’s celebration also is captured in the photo, as he is being lifted off the ground by Team Penske crew members in triumph.
“Very cool – that is a great photo,” Power said after unveiling the ticket in a ceremony at the Rhythm! Discovery Center in downtown Indianapolis. “That captures everything. The excitement, teamwork, the milk. Great job, fantastic job. I can’t wait to sign hopefully thousands of those tickets.”
Indianapolis bronze badges honor Andretti’s 1969 Indy 500 win
The 50th anniversary of Mario Andretti’s historic Indianapolis 500 victory in 1969 will be honored on the bronze badge for the month of May at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
A bronze badge provides gate admission and Gasoline Alley access every day IMS is open during May except for race days for the INDYCAR Grand Prix (Saturday, May 11) and the 103rd Indianapolis 500 (Sunday, May 26).
“It is one of the ultimate honors in Indianapolis to be on a bronze badge,” Andretti said. “I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful family at the speedway, sending accolades in such a magnificent way.
“Since I am almost at a loss for words when I look at the bronze badge, I can only express my appreciation with a sincere and profound thank you. I’m going to embrace the honor, and I’m ever so grateful for the recognition.”
Bronze badges may be purchased at ims.com/bronzebadge for $135 each through March 31. The price increases to $150 on April 1. Bronze badge holders must be 18 or older and are required to sign a waiver.
A limited number of silver badges also are available for $500 each. Silver badges add pit lane access to the same perks as the bronze badge. Prerace (cold) pit passes for INDYCAR Grand Prix and Indianapolis 500 Race Day can be added to Silver Badges for an additional $1,000.
For more information on bronze and silver badges, call the IMS credential office at 317-492-6500.