The riveting countdown to “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” begins now! The 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil will take place Sunday, May 26, 2019.
The 2019 Corvette Grand Sport will serve as the Official Pace Car for the 2019 Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, leading 33 drivers to the green flag for the 103rd running of the legendary race.
It marks the 16th time a Corvette has served as the Pace Car, starting in 1978, and the 30th time a Chevrolet has led the field dating back to 1948, when a 1948 Fleetmaster Six convertible paced the race. No other brand or vehicle has served as the 500 Pace Car more than Chevrolet and the Corvette, respectively.
Fan favorite Jim Cornelison will sing "Back Home Again in Indiana." Known to sports fans everywhere as the powerful voice behind "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Chicago Blackhawks' home games, Cornelison also has captivated Indianapolis 500 fans and viewers for the last two years, generating widespread praise and social media applause since taking the "Back Home Again in Indiana" mantle in May 2017.
He became the first performer to sing "Back Home Again in Indiana" in consecutive years since the retirement of Jim Nabors in 2014. Nabors sang the tune 36 times during Indy 500 pre-race ceremonies between 1972-2014.
Cornelison is a 1992 graduate of the Master of Music program at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and has been the popular singer of the national anthem before all Blackhawks' home games at the United Center in Chicago since the 2008-09 season. His soaring vocals and spirited style have welcomed millions of network viewers to the Stanley Cup Finals over multiple championship runs for the team.
He has performed nationally and internationally with some of the biggest names in opera, including Placido Domingo and Zubin Mehta, and with opera companies in the United States, United Kingdom, Belgium, France and many other locations.
Race Day Schedule:
5 am - Parking Lots Open
6 am - Gates Open
7 am-3:30 pm - Snake Pit
12:30 pm - 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 Presented by Gainbridge
5 pm - Gates Close
Taking place at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the world's largest single-day spectator sporting event has something for everyone, from children to those who have been attending for generations. Whether you're continuing a tradition, or starting a new one, this is a race that can't be missed.
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May 1 - 500 Festival Kick-Off to May
May 4 - Delta Dental 500 Festival 5K
May 4 - OneAmerica Mini Marathon
May 4 - Rev
May 11 - Chase Rookie Run
May 11 - Chase Kids' Day
May 14-18 - Indy 500 Practice
May 17 - Indy 500 Fast Friday
May 18 - Breakfast at the Brickyard
May 18 - Crown Royal Armed Forces Qualifying
May 19 - Crown Royal Armed Forces Qualifying
May 20 - Indy 500 Practice
May 22 - Zoopolis 500
May 24 - Memorial Service
May 24 - Miller Lite Carb Day and Concert
May 25 - IPL 500 Festival Parade
May 25 - Firestone Legends Day and Concert
May 25 - Off the Grid
May 26 - Snake Pit
Tickets: $35 and up.