Meijer and Kentucky Speedway invite tri-state race fans to celebrate the upcoming Kentucky Speedway race season on Tuesday, May 6, during the first "Green Flag Festival" from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the Meijer located at 4990 Houston Rd. in Florence, Ky.

The event is a new endeavor between the speedway and Meijer, "The Official Supercenter of Kentucky Speedway" and sponsor of the June 14 "Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo" NASCAR Busch Series race. Admission is free.

The "Green Flag Festival" will feature four interactive Indy Racing Fan Experience properties, an ARCA RE/MAX and NASCAR Busch series driver autograph session, live country music from The Frazier River Band, a wide variety of racing showcars and other fan-friendly exhibits. Cincinnati's B-105 WUBE-FM will broadcast live along with the WCKY 1360-AM HOMER "KOI In The Pits" radio show. WLWT-TV 5, Cincinnati's NBC affiliate and title sponsor of the May 10 ARCA RE/MAX Series "Channel 5-205," also will broadcast live at the event.

The National Pork Board and Coca-Cola will provide $1.00 concessions during the festival and all proceeds will benefit the "Kicks For Kids" Charity founded by former Cincinnati Bengal and Univ. of Kentucky placekicker Doug Pelfrey.

"We're happy to be partnering with Meijer to present our first 'Green Flag Festival,'" Kentucky Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Mark F. Cassis said. "Both Meijer and Kentucky Speedway share a commitment to customer satisfaction and community involvement. This event certainly helps us achieve our goals in both areas and gets our 2003 racing season off to a great start."

The interactive properties of The Indy Racing Experience include Indy Racing Kids, which features Indy Racing League IndyCar Series peddle-car races, radio controlled IndyCar Series cars, an inflatable pit stop challenge, coloring area, an Xbox video game and more. The Indy Racing Challenge exhibit allows fans to get the feel of racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a race simulator, and the Indy Racing Pit Stop Challenge gives fans a flavor of the pits by testing their skills at changing and re-fueling IndyCar Series cars while racing against the clock.

Drivers scheduled to participate in the autograph session include NASCAR Busch Series stars Johnny Sauter and David Stremme, four-time ARCA RE/MAX Series Champion and three-time Kentucky Speedway race winner Frank Kimmel as well as tri-state ARCA RE/MAX Series drivers Jon Morley, Willie Green, Greg Sarff and others.

The Frazier River Band will play its brand of country music from the high-tech Indy Racing Live Stage beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Kentucky Speedway opens its season May 9 with The Louisville Courier-Journal Pole Night featuring a two-hour autograph session with NASCAR Winston Cup Series drivers Ricky Craven, Larry Foyt, Sterling Marlin, Jeremy Mayfield, Jamie McMurray and Jimmy Spencer. The evening also features ARCA RE/MAX Series qualifying and "Happy Hour" final practice.

Opening weekend continues with "The Channel 5-205" ARCA RE/MAX Series race on Saturday, May 10 at 8:00 p.m. The fun-filled day of racing will include a pre-race concert by country music artist Tammy Cochran, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets for both evenings are still available and can be purchased in the following ways:

  • By phone at 1-888-652-RACE (single-event ) or 859-578-2300 (season)
  • Online at www.kentuckyspeedway.com or www.Tickets.com
  • At the Kentucky Speedway corporate office at 2216 Dixie Hwy., Suite 200, in Ft. Mitchell, Ky. or the speedway's Fan Center, off of Hwy. 35, in Sparta, Ky.
  • Through Tickets.com retail outlets located at the Cincinnati Visitor's Center and in select Meijer stores and supercenters, Play-It-Again Sports and Hader Hardware locations.
Tickets.com facilitates Kentucky Speedway single-event ticket and Reserved RV camping pass sales to local clients and race fans. A complete list of retail locations is available online at www.Tickets.com, or www.kentuckyspeedway.com and by phone at 1-888-652-RACE. Tickets.com service fees will apply to all outlet, phone and Internet orders. Location:
Meijer Superstore
4990 Houston Road
Florence, Ky. 41042

  • 4:00 p.m. "Green Flag Festival" Opens - IRL Experience, show car displays and other exhibits
    WUBE-FM B-105 Broadcasts Begin
  • 5:00 p.m. Driver autograph session begins
    Johnny Sauter, David Stremme, Frank Kimmel Jon Morley, Jamie Mosely, Willie Green and Greg Sarff scheduled to appear
  • 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Frazier River Band - IRL Live Stage
  • 6:00 p.m. 1360 HOMER "In The Pits" Show
  • 7:00 p.m. Driver autograph session ends.
    1360 HOMER "In The Pits" show continues - driver interviews.
    B-105 background music resumes.
  • 8:00 p.m. Festival closes