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Speedway’s “Festival on Main” Event Gains Support With Rising List of Sponsors For May 9

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Speedway’s “Festival on Main” Event Gains Support With Rising List of Sponsors For May 9

Tom Blattler
April 30, 2014

Charity ‘Family Affair” to Enjoy Variety of Activities for Everyone


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SPEEDWAY, Ind. (April 30, 2014) – The upcoming “Festival on Main” presented by Firestone Racing (#IFFfest) in Speedway is gaining enthusiasm and excitement as the second edition of popular charity street party has announced a stellar list of corporate sponsors and partners.

All proceeds from the Friday, May 9 (6 p.m. to 10 p.m.) spectacular will go to the Indy Family Foundation, a non-profit organization that aids those in the motorsports community who find themselves in financial need due to hardship caused by illness, injury or death.

The May 9 event will take place “rain or shine” and general admission is free.

Speedway’s Main Street will be transformed into a giant extravaganza including a celebrity “dunk tank,” custom car and motorcycle show, live music, a kids’ and family zones, a zipline, food trucks, craft beer gardens and other entertaining activities.

Firestone Racing, the official tire of the Verizon IndyCar Series, is the presenting sponsor of the kickoff event for the 2014 Indianapolis Motor Speedway monthly schedule with the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis (May 10) and 98th running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race (May 25).

“We want to thank our sponsors and partners for their outstanding contributions to the ‘Festival on Main,’” said Heather Carpenter, president of the Indy Family Foundation. “Led by Firestone Racing, this event brings in a great group of supporters to assist us in growing the popularity of the Festival. We want to make this kickoff event an annual affair that raises a large amount for the needy in our racing community.”

In addition to Firestone Racing, the “Festival on Main” has secured companies such as Lids Foundation for the Kids’ Zone; 500 Automotive Powered by Chevy for the Custom Car and Motorcycle Show; Ice Miller for the Music Stage; Honda for the Robotic Demonstration with Speedway High School; Allison Transmissions for the Family Zone, Barnes & Thornburg for the Sports Screen Sports Entertainment Stage; Indiana Grand Casino for the Craft Beer Gardens: Aerodine Composites for the Nine13sports bicycle area and Ruth Chris’ for supplying special catering.

The “Festival on Main” is located in front of the Dallara IndyCar Factory and Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, just a block from the famed 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. 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.

Tom Blattler
TB Communications
1021 Tuckahoe St.
Indianapolis, IN 46260

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