Although Memorial Day weekend looks a bit different this year, The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is encouraging you to embrace the spirit of the Month of May and celebrate the #500atHome. The exciting schedule of virtual and socially distanced activities culminate with an enhanced encore presentation of the 2019 Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 24 at 2 p.m. (ET) on NBC – Indy 500 Special: Back Home Again.
Here’s a few ideas on how you can join in on the fun:
VIEW THE SIGHTS & SOUNDS OF THE 500 ON THE CIRCLE
The Circle is revving up Indy 500 style – as part of our #ShiningALightIndy initiative. Each day, the National Anthem will play at noon followed by Jim Cornelison’s beautiful rendition of our beloved song, “Back Home Again in Indiana.” Every night this weekend after the Signature Salute, “Back Home Again in Indiana” will play on Monument Circle as racing elements are projected onto the IPL Building and Circle Tower.
DOWNLOAD A VIRTUAL BACKDROP
We all love a good virtual backdrop – and this weekend call for something special. Rev up your view with Indianapolis 500 virtual backgrounds. Perfect for a Friday Happy Hour!
TRACK TALK WITH ALLISON MELANGTON, SVP EVENTS, PENSKE ENTERTAINMENT CORP.
Join us for the Downtown Indy, Inc. Urban Blend, an event designed to brew up ideas, connections and conversations around a strong Downtown this Friday, May 22 at 9 a.m.
Sit back and sip (virtually) as Bob Schultz, Senior Vice President of Communications for Downtown Indy, Inc., talks with Allison Melangton, Senior Vice President of Events for Penske Entertainment Corp. The conversation will dive into her journey from the Super Bowl to the Speedway, her community-minded vision for events and the exciting road ahead.
HOST A “SOCIALLY-DISTANT” PORCH PARTY
Porch Parties are an integral part of every May, and this year is no different. Celebrate the Indy community by #SocialDistancePorching. Our friends at Visit Indy developed an awesome guide to ensure your prepped and ready to go.
SHARE YOUR #500ATHOME TRADITIONS
Will you wake up early? Will you chug an ice cold bottle of milk? Maybe you’ll still pack that cooler full of ice cold Miller Lite. Share your Indy 500 traditions on social media as you celebrate #500atHome and get ready for the unique NBC broadcast of the 2019 Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.
BIKE THE 500
Bike Indianapolis is passionate about biking to the “500,” and IMS is keeping that tradition rolling May 24. In place of biking to the racetrack, start your morning with a 2.5-mile bike ride around your neighborhood – the same distance as one lap around the Racing Capital of the World. Don’t have a bike? Opt for a walk around #DowntownIndy instead!
BRUNCH WITH THE BRICKYARD
Support local businesses by heading to a participating restaurant and picking up a Virtual Race Day takeout cooler package. IMS and Visit Indy have compiled a list of participating locations, which included Gallery Pastry Shop, The District Tap, Traders Point Creamery and many more.
ROCK YOUR 500 FASHION
You know the drill. Black and white, checkered, race day swag. Wear it all weekend!
For plenty more ideas on how you can celebrate this weekend, visit Ims.com/500atHome. Happy race weekend, #DowntownIndy~