INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Just days from race day for the Indianapolis 500, Thursday’s fourth episode of “100 Days to Indy” will feature the season’s first three events and the first three winners of the IndyCar season.
The hourlong Episode 4 premieres at 9 p.m. Thursday on WISH-TV.
Thursday night’s episode, titled “Stay on Track,” features two preeminent teams, Penske and Chip Ganassi Racing.
Penske driver Will Power will be featured during the race at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama as he works toward another Indy 500 win in the race on May 28.
Another IndyCar driver to be featured in Episode 4 is Agustín Canapino, an Argentine who is a rookie at the Indy 500 this year.
Stream earlier episodes of “100 Days to Indy” free on The CW website. Episode 4 will be available on the website on Friday.
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — As we inch closer and closer to race day for the Indianapolis 500, Thursday’s third episode of “100 Days to Indy” can give viewers an early racing fix.
Episode 3 premieres at 9 p.m. Thursday on WISH-TV.
Thursday night’s episode, titled “California Dreamin,” visits IndyCar’s Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Stream earlier episodes of “100 Days to Indy” free on The CW website. Episode 3 will be available on the website on Friday.
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — As we inch closer and closer to race day, Thursday’s new episode of 100 Days to Indy can give you an early racing fix.
Episode 2 premieres Thursday at 9 p.m. on WISH-TV.
“Knocking at the Door” chronicles Chip Ganassi Racing securing a win, with Marcus Ericsson taking the top spot at St. Petersburg; and Andretti Autosport aiming to return to form.
On the latest episode of “Behind the Bricks,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles goes on a journey around the Racing Capital of the World to show you how NBC Sports and IMS photographers capture those historic images of the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard Weekend through several TV and photo platforms located around, on top of, and below the iconic facility.
Zach Horrall, social media specialist for Indianapolis Motor Speedway, joined us Friday on “Life. Style. Live!” to share more about what goes into the great camera coverage of IMS races.
The “Behind the Bricks” series can now be viewed on WISHTV.com.
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The excitement from Sunday’s Indy 500 extended into Memorial Day as three-time World Accordion Champion Cory Pesaturo sought out to break a Guinness World Record at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Monday.
Racing legend Mario Andretti drove him around the track in a two-seater Dallara IndyCar at the average speed of 200 miles per hour while Pesaturo played his custom accordion.
If approved, they will have the Guinness World Record for the fastest a vehicle having been driven with an on-board live performance.
This Guinness World Record attempt was particularly challenging because the accordion requires multiple human actions to play the instrument; these include both hands and arms using all the fingers while moving the accordion bellows in and out simultaneously while coping with the G-forces created by the speed of 200 miles per hour and handling the corners of the racetrack, and perhaps even reaching 220mph at the end of the straights.
Previously, Cory Pesaturo set a new Guinness World Record in 2017 for the longest accordion performance playing his accordion for over 32 hours.
As a lifelong major motorsports enthusiast and historian, Cory Pesaturo has developed a personal friendship, over the past year, with both Mario Andretti and Giampaolo Dallara, president of Dallara Automobili S.p.A, who was also in attendance.
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Soccer meets racing this weekend as these communities come together to support one another while showing off their 500 fashion!
Josh Mason, vice president of marking & strategy for Indy Eleven, and Luisa Macer, community outreach and fan engagement manager, joined us Thursday on “Life. Style. Live!” to talk 500 fashion and discuss their partnership.
This is the final week for #500Fashion in the Month of May, and Indy Eleven is hosting its annual “Racing Indy” game on Saturday, May 28 at 4 p.m. vs. New Mexico United.
This is the first time Indy Eleven has hosted a Saturday afternoon match during 500 weekend, allowing AES 500 Festival Parade attendees to make a full day of it in downtown Indy.
This is the Eleven’s third season featuring “Racing Indy” themed merchandise, and the first time it has been co-branded in partnership with Indianapolis Motor Speedway, helping Indy’s hometown soccer club tie into the entire Indy 500 weekend experience more than ever.
Fans can support this final #500Fashion Friday this May by purchasing a special edition racing jersey and scarf curated specifically for race and soccer fans in Indy!
On game day, the Brickyard Battalion supporters group is also hosting their annual “BYB 500” tricycle race in the Tailgate Lot. Lot B opens at 1:00 p.m. Kids races start at 1:30 p.m. and adults at 2:00 p.m.
Registration for solo riders and teams is free here. This event is open to all fans, and the BYB encourages everyone to join in the fun!
The Honda Fun Zone in the stadium’s east lawn area opens when gates do at 3 p.m. and will feature large inflatables for kids. The limited-edition Indy Eleven/IMS Racing Indy jersey and scarf will be available only on gameday with limited availability. Fans wanting to purchase one are encouraged to get inside when gates open at 3 p.m.!
These events are becoming a special and growing part of the Indy and Memorial Day experience. Indy Eleven knows that May in Indy is more than just an event, it’s a part of our city’s fabric and rather than compete against it, they really want to embrace it.
With IMS increasing its footprint on “race day eve” in downtown this year, and the Eleven willing to experiment with its kickoff time, it’s just one more example of how the greatest sports city in the country collaborates to benefit fans.
PICSWalk-up ticket special: Anyone who shows a ticket or ticket stub from the AES 500 Festival Parade or any “Month of May” event at IMS will receive a Sideline Section seat for $11.11 (normally $25). Offer good via walk-up at the Carroll Stadium Box Office, which opens at 2:30 p.m. on game day
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Indy 500 race week is almost here, and if you want to look fresh and stylish, you’ll want to start by wearing the Indiana-based brand, MELI!
Luisa Macer, community outreach and fan engagement manager for Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and Monty Matuka, MELI founder, joined us to share what you need to know about their partnership and to give you a fashion show featuring MELI’s clothing pieces created exclusively for the Indy 500 season.
MELI is a sophisticated, streetwear clothing brand that seeks to promote equality and cross-cultural awareness. We aspire to provide an opportunity to amplify positivity and explore the unknown through our means. Their purpose is to inspire those who wear MELI and articulate the concepts of confidence, community, and mindfulness.
MELI is partnering with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for their “Race for Equality & Change” initiative by producing garments in collaboration with the Month of May, including this weekend’s GMR Grand Prix and the Indy 500, as well as Brickyard Weekend this July.
They’re going to increase engagement and bridge the gap with the untapped, diverse markets and educate those who have not been introduced to Indianapolis Motor Speedway experiences in the past and present.
How else can people support MELI going into the INDY500 this year?
MELI clothing is the perfect way to celebrate #500Fashion Fridays this year. They encourage the Indianapolis community to wear their checkered flag or racing-themed gear on the four Fridays during the month of May.
Be sure to tag or mention them on Instagram especially on #500Fashion Fridays, and if you’re able, shop our looks.
If you want to visit the showroom just direct message them on Instagram as they are appointment only.
Also, be sure to tag @IMS when you show off your #500Fashion MELI gear.
You can shop MELI through 3 different channels:
#1 – Web Store: MELI-INTL.COM
#2 – Instagram; @MELI_INTL
#3 – In Person: The MELI Showroom located in Downtown, Indianapolis in the Murphy Arts Center.
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A brand-new partnership between The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and WISH-TV is here!
New episodes of “Behind the Bricks” can now be found on the WISH-TV website and All Indiana Podcast Network. They are also released on the IMS social media channels and YouTube channel.
This week’s episode of “Behind the Bricks” features an exclusive interview with Dario Franchitti, who is celebrating the 15th anniversary of his first Indianapolis 500 win in 2007.
Franchitti is one of six three-time winners in Indy 500 history. He won the Indianapolis 500 on three occasions: 2007, 2010 and 2012.
He recently returned to the Yard of Bricks to speak with Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles.
The result of their conversation is a two-part episode of the IMS series full of exclusive stories Franchitti had to tell.
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We’re really excited to bring Behind the Bricks to WISH-TV. We’ve told some incredible stories through this content series and given fans a great behind-the-scenes look at the Racing Capital of the World.
Dario Franchitti is truly a modern legend of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, having three Indianapolis 500 wins and four INDYCAR SERIES championships.
It was fascinating to talk to him about the start of his Indy 500 career in 2002 because he always had an appreciation for the history of the Indy 500, and as you watch you’ll understand that he really was honored to be able to compete in this race.
You’ll also see on this episode that his first win in 2007 was so unique because he didn’t get to celebrate in Victory Lane. It rained, and he had to celebrate in what we call the Green Room.
It was a chaotic scene, and Dario has some incredible stories in this episode about his first memories of pulling into this temporary Victory Lane and the celebration that took place after.
Talking with Dario just gets me more excited for the Month of May, and guess what: it’s here! One week from today, cars will be on-track getting ready for the GMR Grand Prix on the IMS road course. Practice and qualifying is on Friday, May 13 while the race is on Saturday, May 14.
Let me tell you, the weather is looking perfect for NTT INDYCAR SERIES racing next weekend. So, grab the kids, grab the lawn chairs and come hang out at the Racing Capital of the World for a great day of racing.
The 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 is May 29. Tickets can be purchased here.
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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Indiana State Department of Health is extending the mass-vaccination clinic dates at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Multiple dates have been added throughout May so fans can get vaccinated during race events.
“We are going to be back on track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500,” said Doug Boles, president of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, during a Thursday news conference with state health leaders.
While IMS will be adding fans back into the race-day tradition this year, they are also adding dates for mass vaccination clinics.
- May 10, 17, 24: Johnson and Johnson and Pfizer vaccines
- May 11-16: second doses of Moderna and Pfizer
- May 21: follow up to the family day event from April for the second dose of Pfizer.
“We are going to continue the mass vaccination here, which is continuing to service our community,” said Dr. Kris Box, state health commissioner.
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IMS is truly transforming to “the greatest spectacle in vaccination” by offering inoculations during drivers’ practices inside the track.
“We want to make sure we give everybody an opportunity to get that vaccination here at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway,” Boles said.
Inside gates 1, 6, and 9, there will be first-aid stations where fans can get vaccinated while attending events in advance of the Indianapolis 500 on May 30.
If the experience of getting vaccinated at the track isn’t enough, fans who check the box this month will get a special race themed T-shirt.
At the track during May, the Indiana State Department of Health could administer 30,000 first doses and 20,000 second doses of vaccine. It’s a challenge that Boles, Box and Dr. Lindsay Weaver, Indiana’s chief medical officer, think they can accomplish especially as a new age group becomes eligible for the shots.
“What is really important about the Pfizer vaccine is that it is available for people 16 and older, and we do expect that here in the next week they are actually going to expand that down to the age of 12,” Weaver said.
During the news conference, Box also mentioned a new statistic regarding breakthrough cases. Close to 100 people in Indiana, or 0.05% of those who have been fully vaccinated, have reportedly contracted COVID-19. Box says state leaders will discuss that fact further in a Wednesday news conference with Gov. Eric Holcomb.
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — El jueves comenzó la segunda ronda de vacunaciones masivas en el Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“Es algo muy gratificante, es muy rapido, muy, muy bien todo”, dijo Luis Aguayo, residente en Indianapolis.
IU Health y Indianapolis Motor Speedway abrieron una clínica de vacunación temporalmente durante 16 días. La clínica ofrecerá 6.000 inyecciones por día de la vacuna de una sola dosis de la farmacéutica Johnson y Johnson. Los organizadores del evento dicen que su objectivo es administrar alrededor de 96.000 vacunas durante el mes de abril.
Aguayo se vacunó en el Indianapolis Motor Speedway el jueves. Él dice que es importante que la gente se vacune.
“Es protección para ya estar un poquito mejor y ayudar este país, este planeta, el mundo”, dijo Aguayo.
“Para mi eran mitos el chip, que van a instalar un chip, que van a regular la población para mi son mitos y yo confio bastante en el sistema de salud de este pais”, dijo Aguayo.
Se requiere registrarse con anticipación a traves del sitio web ourshot.in.gov o puedes llamar al 211. Para encontrar la clínica del Indianapolis Motor Speedway use el código postal 46224.
La clínica estará en vigor de 9 a.m. a 7 p.m. hoy hasta el sábado, del 13 al 18 de abril y del 24 al 30 de abril. La autopista está en 4790 W. 16th St. La entrada es la puerta 2 de 16th Street. Se pide a todos que usen una máscara mientras se vacunan.
La vacuna COVID-19 es gratuita para todos en Indiana. No es necesario que tenga seguro médico. Además, el estado eliminó el requisito de prueba de residencia y otras barreras para recibir la vacuna contra el coronavirus.