Kentucky Speedway Sells Out Tomorrow's "Meijer Indy 300 Presented by Pepsi and Edy's"
Kentucky Speedway has sold out tomorrow's IndyCar Series "Meijer Indy 300 Presented by Pepsi and Edy's" for the first time in track history.
Remaining quantities of the 66,089 grandstand tickets available for the event were exhausted early this afternoon. The speedway will place $40 standing-room-only tickets on sale at its main entrance at 1:00 p.m. tomorrow.
The venue entertained its previous largest IndyCar Series crowd of 62,595 on Aug. 13, 2005 and the average attendance for the series eight previous events at the track is 53,600. The 2007 series race brought 56,482 fans to the facility.
The track set its all-time single-race attendance record at 73,195 earlier this season on June 14 for its eighth NASCAR Nationwide Series event. Tomorrow's capacity crowd will mark the first time in speedway history that two race events sold out during the same season.
The "Meijer Indy 300 Presented by Pepsi and Edy's" field will feature defending event champion Tony Kanaan, two-time Indianapolis 500 winner and "Dancing with the Stars" champ Helio Castroneves, current series championship leader Scott Dixon, fan favorites Sarah Fisher and Danica Patrick as well as IndyCar Series legacies Marco Andretti and Graham Rahal.
The fifth and final weekend of the 2008 Kentucky Speedway season opens today at 3:00 p.m., with IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights Fanfest. Fans will see practice and qualifying sessions for both series before the day closes with race-related infield activities and a garage-area autograph session with competitors from both circuits that begins at 8:00 p.m.
Gates open at 2:00 p.m., tomorrow and an exclusive prerace concert with indie artist Josh Kelley on the Turn 1 Concourse at 4:30 p.m. Sure-to-be-action-packed open-wheel racing begins at 6:30 p.m., with the "Meijer Indy 300 Presented by Pepsi and Edy's." The Firestone Indy Lights "Kentucky 100" will take the green flag at 9:15 p.m.
Story by Mike Schmaltz
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