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The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is adding to the events surrounding the day before this year's 98th running of the Indianapolis 500. Country music star Jason Aldean will headline the concert stage on Legends Day, which will also feature autograph sessions and pay tribute to one of the sport's greatest drivers, Mario Andretti. February 10, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - "Firestone Presents Jason Aldean at the Indy 500," starring country music's hottest entertainer, will take place Saturday, May 24 on the new Turn 4 infield stage at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The inaugural Legends Day concert will feature Aldean's high-energy show, and follows a long string of sellouts for the multi-platinum star across the country including some of the nation’s most legendary venues like Madison Square Garden, Wrigley Field, the Hollywood Bowl and two-nights at Fenway Park. The ACM nominee and reigning "Male Vocalist of The Year" is kicking off the year hot on the heels of what was a career-defining year, most recently announcing his 2014 "Burn It Down Tour," which kicks off May 1 in Roanoke, Va.
"Over the last several years we have continued to add reasons for our fans to visit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway the day before the Indianapolis 500 to celebrate our current drivers and the legends of the race as part of Legends Day," said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. "Adding a concert featuring an outstanding entertainer like Jason Aldean is a fantastic way for fans to cap off a day of honoring our current and past drivers and get geared up for 'The Greatest Spectacle in Racing' that will take place the next day."
Aldean has tallied 12 No. 1 singles at Country Radio and has sold over 8.5 million albums to date, with his current album "Night Train" scoring the biggest debut by a male artist in five years, earning platinum certification in only four weeks.
As the Official Tire of the IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500, Firestone's sponsorship of the inaugural Legends Day concert represents its longstanding relationship with IMS.
"Firestone is a legendary brand, so it is fitting that we honor a legend in Mario Andretti with a legendary event featuring Jason Aldean," said Philip Dobbs, Chief Marketing Officer at Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. "Integrating the diehard fan bases of Firestone, racing and country music will only add to the excitement and tradition of the world’s most historic track, a place where legends are made."
The concert will begin at 5:30 p.m. (ET) featuring up-and-coming country music sensation Tyler Farr, who is an ACM nominee for New Artist of the Year. Recognized by country music fans everywhere for his platinum No. 1 single "Red Neck Crazy," Farr had the highest debut by a male country artist on the 2013 Billboard Top 200.
Current ticket-holders to any 2014 IMS events are eligible to receive discounted general admission tickets for $25 or a VIP ticket for $40. Advance general admission tickets are $30, and day of show tickets are $35. VIP tickets are available for $50 in advance and $60 day of show.
For tickets and additional information, visit www.ims.com.
Fans with tickets for the Jason Aldean concert will be admitted free to "Legends Day Honoring Mario Andretti presented by Firestone" activities. Children under 12 are admitted free to Legends Day when accompanied by a ticketed adult, with children 3 and under also receiving free admittance to the Jason Aldean concert.
The action-packed Legends Day includes the Public Drivers Meeting, autograph sessions with the Indianapolis 500 starting field of 33 drivers, 1969 Indianapolis 500 champion Mario Andretti and other former Indy 500 drivers and a memorabilia show.
2014 ticket information: Ticket information is available for the four events in 2014 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – the Grand Prix of Indianapolis, 98th Indianapolis 500, Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard and Red Bull Indianapolis GP.
Fans can order tickets at www.ims.com/tickets, by calling 800-822-INDY or 317-492-6700 between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday or by visiting the IMS Ticket Office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday.
Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are available. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at (866) 221-8775 for more information.
Source: Indianapolis Motor Speedway