Fans will have several opportunities to get primed for "The Belterra Casino Indy 300" from August 12-14 with The Indy Racing Fan Experience. The experience features three interactive exhibits that give fans a taste of Indy Racing League action and the Indy Racing Live stage.

The Indy Racing Challenge features race simulators that allow fans to race real Indy cars around real IndyCar Series tracks. Fans can test their skills at changing tires and refueling cars with the Indy Racing Pit Stop Challenge and children can enjoy a remote control car track and pedal cars with the Indy Racing Kids exhibit. Fans can visit the IRL Experience on the following days:

Thursday, August 12 to Saturday, August 14 - The Festival of Speed At The Great Inland Seafood Festival at Newport on the Levee - Newport, Ky.: The Festival of Speed returns to Newport on the Levee in Newport, Ky., this year as part of The Great Inland Seafood Festival. The festival opens Thursday, August 12 at 6:00 p.m.

Defending series Champion Scott Dixon, his Ganassi Racing teammate Darren Manning, 2002 "Belterra Casino Indy 300" winner Felipe Giaffone and Red Bull Cheever Racing drivers Alex Barron and Ed Carpenter will sign autographs from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 13.

See the Indy Racing Live stage, Indy Racing Challenge simulators, Indy Racing Pit Stop Challenge and Indy Racing Kids exhibit from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. both weekdays and from noon to 11:00 p.m. on Saturday. The festival also features great seafood from local restaurants and live music with local and national artists. Visit for more information.

The all Indy Racing League weekend begins at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday, August 14 with "The Louisville Courier-Journal Pole Night" featuring IRL IndyCar Series qualifying and a 100-mile IRL Menards Infiniti Pro Series race. The 2004 edition of "The Belterra Casino Indy 300" will take the green flag on Sunday, August 15 at 3:30 p.m. The day also features a pre-race concert with country music artist Blake Shelton.

Tickets are still available and can be reserved in the following ways: - By phone at 888-652-RACE - On the World Wide Web at - In person at the Kentucky Speedway ticket offices at 2216 Dixie Hwy., Ste. 200 in Ft. Mitchell or the Turn 3 Fan Center off of Hwy. 35 in Sparta. - At and outlets including all Meijer Stores."

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