The day before the Indy 500, Legends Day presented by Firestone honors the immortal names and machines of more than a century of the Indianapolis 500
8 am - Public Gates Open
9 am - 10:00am - Indianapolis 500 Full-Field Autograph Session
10:30-11 am - Public Drivers Meeting
3:30-6 pm - Firestone Legends Day Concert featuring Sam Hunt
6 pm - Public Gates Close
The rich heritage of the magical Roadster Era at the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil will be celebrated through a variety of activities.
One of the most beloved car styles in "500" history will enter the spotlight on center stage just one day before the sleek, new-look Verizon IndyCar Series car makes its highly anticipated debut in "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" on Sunday, May 27.
Activities on Legends Day Honoring the Roadster Era presented by Firestone include a roadster display and track laps by many roadsters. Drivers in roadsters won every Indianapolis 500 from 1953-64 on Firestone tires.
Many star drivers secured their legend with Indianapolis 500 victories in roadsters, including A.J. Foyt, Parnelli Jones, Bill Vukovich and Rodger Ward. Chassis designers and builders such as Quin Epperly, Frank Kurtis, Eddie Kuzma, Lujie Lesovsky and A.J. Watson also became iconic figures in the history of the race due to their roadster creations during this era.
Grammy Award nominee and multi-platinum superstar Sam Hunt will headline the Firestone Legends Day Concert, and Canaan Smith and Filmore will serve as opening acts for the concert, which starts at 3:30 pm on the Firestone Stage inside Turn 4 of the IMS oval.
Grammy Award nominee, American Music Award winner and MCA Nashville breakout star Hunt is one of music's most talked-about talents. Hunt's February 2017 single, "Body Like A Back Road," landed on the Billboard "Hot 100" chart as his highest-debuting single. It also premiered at No. 1 on iTunes charts. Since then, the single has smashed records, becoming the fastest country song to reach 100 million and 200 million streams. It has become an RIAA-certified triple platinum hit and spent a record-breaking 35 consecutive weeks atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. The single also climbed pop and adult airplay charts, making it a crossover hit. Hunt consequently earned two 2018 Grammy nominations for "Body Like A Back Road" in both the "Best Country Song" and "Best Country Solo Performance" categories.
This spring, Hunt is curating and headlining his inaugural Nashional Music Festival, featuring a multi-genre lineup that spans country, hip-hop, rock and R&B. Held April 20-21 at Nashville's Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, the festival will feature Fetty Wap, Brothers Osborne, Judah & the Lion, Lanco and Kyle. Hunt also will join Luke Bryan's "What Makes You Country XL Tour," which kicks off May 31 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. The tour will hit 13 other stadiums in the U.S. and Canada.
Since the 2014 release of "Montevallo," Hunt has accrued over 2.5 billion streams and has earned an additional 10.5 million units in RIAA single certifications.
Mercury Records artist Canaan Smith released the singles "This Night Back" and "Like You That Way" in 2017. In 2015, his self-titled EP and debut full-length studio album, "Bronco," were released, with "Bronco" debuting at No. 4 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. The single "Love You Like That" reached No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart in July 2015 and was certified platinum by the RIAA.
Virginia native Smith has toured as a headliner and in support of country superstars Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley and Florida Georgia Line.
Missouri native Filmore is a country singer-songwriter based in Nashville. His latest single, "Slower," was released earlier this month.
Other featured events on Legends Day presented by Firestone include the annual Public Drivers' Meeting on pit road adjacent to the Tower Terrace grandstand, autograph sessions with the starting field of 33 drivers in the 2018 Indianapolis 500 and with former Indy 500 drivers, and an Indianapolis 500 memorabilia show.
Tickets: $35 and up. Children 3 and under are admitted free. Fans with tickets for the Firestone Legends Day Concert will be admitted free to Legends Day presented by Firestone activities during the day at IMS. General admission for Legends day only is $10, with children 15 and under admitted free.