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Celebrity “Dunk Tank,” Singer Carrie Lee, IndyCar Drivers Part of Exciting Evening at Speedway’s “Festival on Main” Friday

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Open Wheel Racing Topics:  Indy Family Foundation

Celebrity “Dunk Tank,” Singer Carrie Lee, IndyCar Drivers Part of Exciting Evening at Speedway’s “Festival on Main” Friday

Tom Blattler
May 5, 2014


IFF Charity Event A Great Family Fun Event in Speedway

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SPEEDWAY, Ind. (May 5, 2014) – The second annual Indy Family Foundation “Festival on Main” presented by Firestone (#IFFfest) charity extravaganza this Friday night (May 9) will be a spectacular kickoff to the month of May activities at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Last year’s inaugural affair proved to be a “must see” for racing fans and families with a wild variety of events including the Celebrity “Dunk Tank,” Zipline, Custom Car and Motorcycle Show, Kids Zone, Craft Beer Garden and ClusterTruck Food Trucks just to name a few.

The City of Speedway’s Main Street is set for a sensational list of entertainment venues featured in an opening weekend of the 2014 Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race set from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The “Festival” is free to the public and will have something for all ages Friday night. The event will take place “rain or shine.”

The IFF “Festival” presented by Firestone Racing has secured an outstanding list of celebrities for the evening and many of them will participate in the entertaining CMC Global “Dunk Tank” exhibit including the irrepressible Robin Miller, the outspoken auto racing journalist of some 40 years, plus Indy Star’s Curt Cavin, Fox59’s Chris Hagan and Jennifer Ketchmark, WTHR-TV’s “Sports Guy,” Rich Nye, 1070TheFan radio host JMV and the beautiful UFD Girls. Local Speedway dignitaries will be part of festivities along with many of the Indy 500 racers.

Many of the competitors from this year’s Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis 500 will be on hand for the charity event including 2013 Indy 500 pole sitter Ed Carpenter, whose family (with wife Heather and children Makenna, Ryder and Cruz) is hosting the fun Friday night affair.

Other drivers expected include 2013 Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan, recent Long Beach winner Mike Conway, 2012 Verizon IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, 2013 Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon and Mid-Ohio winner Charlie Kimball.

Country singing star Carrie Lee will perform on the Ice Miller Music Stage Friday night and the Indiana Pacers Friday game will be shown on several big screens also.

2011 Indy 500 runner-up J.R. Hildebrand will be among the guest judges in 500 Automotive Power by Chevy Custom Car and Motorcycle Show.

All proceeds from Friday’s “Festival on Main” will go to the Indy Family Foundation, a charity that aids those in the motor sports community (regardless of the sanctioning body), who find themselves in financial need due to hardship caused by illness, injury or death.

A variety of events are schedule throughout the “Festival on Main” including Lids Foundation Kids’ Zone, Honda Robotic Demonstration, Allison Transmissions Family Zone, Barnes & Thornburg Sports Screen Sports Entertainment Stage; Indiana Grand Casino Craft Beer Gardens and Aerodine Composites Nine13sports bicycle area.

The “Festival on Main” is located in front of the Dallara IndyCar Factory and Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, a few blocks from the legendary 16th and Georgetown entrance to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The custom car and motorcycle show will be displayed on Main Street in Speedway. The winning machines will be awarded with various passes good for entry into the IMS during the month of May as well as special Firestone karting tire awards. Pre-registration is available at www.indyfamilyfoundation.com.

For additional information on the “Festival on Main,” please go to the Indy Family Foundation website at www.indyfamilyfoundation.com or contact 317-402-6478.

About the Indy Family Foundation: The mission of the fund is to aid those in the motor sports community (regardless of the sanctioning body), who find themselves in financial need due to hardship caused by illness, injury or death. Their assistance is available to not only race car drivers, but to all licensed participants in racing, including crew members, course workers, support and administrative personnel, public relations and media representatives and team owners, as well as, their immediate family members. The Benevolent Fund of Motor sports is operated solely by volunteers who delegate all money raised to the fund except for a small portion for administrative fees that allow the fund to stay in operation. In 2007, the Indy Family Foundation, Inc. was formed, allowing individuals to volunteer as "friends of the foundation" and participate in the social and developmental activities of the fund. With the help of the community and racing family since 2001 thru 2012, they were able to successfully raise funds to personally help numerous members of the racing community. Since that date over $450,000 have has been paid out.

Contact: Heather Carpenter, heathernicolecarpenter@gmail.com, 317-402-6478
Myranda Annakin, Myranda@porchlightpr.com, 317-771-2217
Tom Blattler, tomblattler@earthlink.net, 317-525-5692



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