Scoring pylons are a fixture at racetracks around the world, but you’d be hard-pressed to find anything quite like the one at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Over the offseason, IMS updated the famed scoring pylon that stands on the main straightaway. The key difference fans will notice is that the definition is much better this year than in years before, giving a cleaner, crisper image that can be seen from Turn 4 to Turn 1.
All those changes mean that photos of the scoring pylon will turn out better than ever before!
Fans will get their first look at the upgraded pylon next Friday when the speedway throws open the gates and kicks the Month of May into high gear.
IMS President Doug Boles stopped by Daybreak on Friday to talk about the updated scoring pylon and what fans can expect from the Month of May.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been hard at work during the off-season, and they’re ready to show off their latest upgrades in this week’s episode of Behind the Bricks.
Zach Horrall, Social Media Specialist at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, joined us Friday morning live in the studio to share more information!
Fans can expect a better experience than ever before, with changes that will make the track more interactive, engaging, and enjoyable for everyone.
IMS President Doug Boles is excited to showcase all of the off-season upgrades and improvements that have been made to the track.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is ready to welcome fans back with open arms and an upgraded fan experience.
From the expanded Midway Zone to the new viewing mounds and video boards, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Don’t miss out on the chance to be a part of the action! Watch the full interview above to learn more details!
Indianapolis Motor Speedway is at its busiest when cars are on the track and fans are in the stands, but there can sometimes be a lot of action in the offseason, too.
Over the last few months, crews have been busy with IMS offseason upgrades to improve the fan experience at the track .
On this episode of Behind the Bricks, IMS President Doug Boles takes an up-close look at some of those upgrades, including updated viewing mounds, a refreshed scoring pylon, and an expanded Midway Zone!
Zach Horrall, social media specialist at IMS, stopped by “Daybreak” on Friday to talk about the recent improvements.
Legends has been the Official Merchandise partner of IMS since 2014, and today Jason Orton, Director of Merchandise at Legends, stopped by to share more about this year’s merchandise.
This episode of Behind the Bricks shows how Legends brings merchandise, such as shirts, to life. It’s a four step process:
- Burn the screens
- Wash out screen
- Machine Set up
- Printing of t-shirt(s)
A majority of the 2023 IMS/Indy 500 merchandise line is now available at shop.ims.com and will be available on site at IMS this May!
Visit the IMS Shop or IndyCar Shop to pick up race day gear from Legends.
For a lot of race fans, a trip to the track isn’t complete without a new hat, koozie, or T-shirt — and a place like Indianapolis Motor Speedway demands some equally amazing merchandise.
Fortunately, the team at Legends Global Merchandise Group is up to the task. The team at Legends designs and creates most IMS and IndyCar merchandise and runs the online and trackside stores.
On this episode of Behind the Bricks, IMS President Doug Boles gets a behind-the-scenes look at how Legends brings your favorite T-shirts, hats, and other must-have items to life.
Jason Orton, director of merchandise at Legends, stopped by “Daybreak” on Friday to talk about how its merchandise is made and highlight some of the items already available for this year’s Indianapolis 500.
Visit the IMS Shop or IndyCar Shop to pick up race day gear from Legends.
This week’s Behind the Bricks segment gives race fans insight into the lake located inside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway that features repurposed history from the famed 2.5-mile oval, as well as how the other bodies of water on the property benefit the Racing Capital of the World. Zach Horrall, Social Media Specialist at the IMS, joined us today!
The lake was created during the construction of the Brickyard Crossing golf course. When legendary golf course architect Pete Dye re-designed Brickyard Crossing in the early 1990s, he needed elevation. He had tons of dirt excavated from the IMS infield to be used across the 18-hole course, which left a spot for a beautiful lake inside the track.
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In this week’s episode of “Behind the Bricks,” we take a look at the history of the lake located inside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
IMS President J. Douglas Boles takes us to the lake inside the racetrack and explains how and why the lake was created during the golf course redesign of the early 1990s, as well as what pieces of the historic racetrack you can find and see around the lake!
Zach Horrall, social media specialist for IMS stopped by “Daybreak” on Friday to talk about the history of the golf course and the race track.
“In the early nineties, we decided to redesign our golf course and the legendary Pete Dye redesigned it. The goal back in the early 1900s was to have a flat piece of land for the race track, and then when I came in, he was designing a golf course. He was like ‘you need to have some elevation.’ He dug up a huge portion of the infield so that he could put dirt in other areas and they had this big empty piece of land and they said we dug it up and we might as well fill it up with the lake and then we use pieces of our race track to build it up.”Zach Horrall, Social Media Specialist for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
In this week’s episode of “Behind the Bricks,” we leave the familiar confines of Indianapolis Motor Speedway for somewhere a bit warmer: Palm Springs!
Palm Springs recently hosted IndyCar Content Days — known in the past as Media Days — which gives teams and drivers a chance to meet with the media, pose for photos, take part in interviews, and handle sponsor obligations.
Matt Purkes, the director of photography for Penske Entertainment Content Group, played a major role in planning and executing Content Days. He stopped by “Daybreak” on Friday to talk about this year’s event.
IndyCar’s Indianapolis 500 race will be May 28.
One of the most iconic features of Indianapolis Motor Speedway is sporting a new look after receiving some much-needed TLC.
On this episode of Behind the Bricks, IMS President Doug Boles talks about…the bricks! The famous Yard of Bricks at the track’s start/finish line has been spruced up for the racing season ahead.
“We actually decided it was time to go through bricks because we haven’t done anything in 20 years because they looked spotless. But, if you look at them, you can see that the mortar was different. You know, we’ve had some challenges just trying to make sure it was safe. So the team said it’s time to take up those 576 bricks and we’ll get them all cleaned up. We had to replace a few, but for the most part, the same bricks that have always been there have been put back down,” Boles said.
Boles stopped by “Daybreak” to tell us more.
Have you ever wondered what happens to all of the photos people take at Indianapolis Motor Speedway? About 5 million photos — along with millions of negatives that have never seen the light of day — are stored inside a special fireproof vault at the IMS Museum.
On this episode of Behind the Bricks, IMS President Doug Boles takes us on a tour of the IMS Photo Vault.
The photo vault is on the second floor of the IMS Museum, but it’s not open to the public. The photos and negatives it holds serve as an archive of everything that’s happened at the speedway in its 113-year history, from last year’s Month of May festivities to the first Brickyard 400 and beyond.
“We’ve got over five million photos that were taken and are still up there in negative form, and then we take about a million photos a year — digitally — of the events that take place here at the speedway as well as the NTT IndyCar series. One of our favorite things for our collectors is the panoramic photos that people took of the starting field and the cars. I think we’ve got one of those from 1911,” Boles said.
Chris Owens, the manager of photo operations at IMS, stopped by “Daybreak” to tell us more.