Indiana Governor Mike Pence and Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett joined Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials at the statehouse for a surprise major announcement: IMS President Doug Boles announced with 23 days to go before the race, the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 is officially sold out of reserved seats as of noon today.
Reserved parking at IMS has been sold out for several weeks. Boles strongly urges everyone to show up early for the race.
“This year we celebrate the 100th running of the greatest race in the world” Governor Pence told a small crowd outside the south steps of the statehouse. “This is the most famous race in the world” Pence continued.
This marks the first time the race has sold out in over 20 years.
“I promise you that the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has never looked better,” Governor Pence concluded before handing the podium to Mayor Hogsett.
“I haven’t been this excited since Al Unser Jr edged out Scott Goodyear in 1992,” Mayor Hogsett added before talking the financial aspects of this feat. He expressed his belief that this will bring more people to Indianapolis, and possibly create more citizens in Indianapolis. Mayor Hogsett concluded saying “I could not be more proud of this great city.”
“Nobody can celebrate a major sporting event like the city of Indianapolis” said Senior VP of Events for Hulman Motorsports Allison Melangton. She adds that hotels from as far as Muncie and Bloomington are seeing increases in reservations for this year’s race.
“The month of May here is the Indy 500,” Melangton adds.
Boles concluded with saying “It doesn’t happen without an entire community working together.”