The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum’s popular Distinguished Speaker Series continues with another all-star lineup for Fall 2019. Fans will enjoy insightful discussion and “insider” stories from IndyCar legends Tony Kanaan (September 24), Bobby Rahal (October 9) and Michael Andretti (November 6).
The IMS Museum Distinguished Speaker Series is open to IMS Museum members and non-members, although members receive discounted tickets to the speaker series plus many other annual benefits.
New for the Fall 2019 Distinguished Speaker Series: IMS Museum members may purchase a “season” pass for all three evenings. Tickets for each event are $40 for IMS Museum members and $55 for non-members; members can save an additional $20 by purchasing a Fall 2019 season pass for $100. Complimentary beverages and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served, along with a cash bar. Guests must be age 17 or older.
Tony Kanaan kicks off the Fall 2019 series on Tuesday, Sept. 24, with a special guest as moderator: Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles. Due to a prior commitment, Kanaan’s Distinguished Speaker Series event is 5:30-7:30 p.m. (ET), but it promises to be an extremely memorable 120 minutes with one of motorsports most outgoing and beloved personalities.
Kanaan is the 2013 Indianapolis 500-Mile Race winner and won the NTT IndyCar Series champion in 2004 – the same year he became the first driver in series history to complete every lap of every race. He has driven for four-time “500” winner A.J. Foyt in 2018 and 2019, and like Foyt, who recorded a record 35-consecutive Indianapolis 500 starts, Kanaan is one of the sport’s “iron men.” He will record his 317th-consecutive start – a streak that goes back to June 2001 – at the IndyCar season finale September 22 at Laguna Seca.
1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Rahal will headline the speaker series on Wednesday, Oct. 9 from 5:30-8 p.m., with IMS Historian Donald Davidson serving as moderator. The program will include time for audience photos and autographs with Rahal, who was inducted in the IMS Hall of Fame in 2014.
A three-time CART IndyCar series champion (1986-87, 1992), Rahal also won the Indy 500 as team owner in 2004 with driver Buddy Rice. The 2004 win delivered an emotional victory for Rahal’s longtime team co-owner: Indianapolis native and comedy legend David Letterman. Today, with Mike Lanigan as a third team owner, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing fields NTT IndyCar Series entries for Rahal’s son, Graham, and Takuma Sato.
Andretti, joined by moderator and IMS Hall of Fame member Bob Jenkins, will entertain fans from 5:30-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6, including time for autographs. Andretti was inducted in the IMS Hall of Fame in 2012, but his status as a top-tier IndyCar competitor continues to grow.
The son of 1969 Indianapolis 500 winner Mario Andretti, Michael owns Andretti Autosport, which in a relatively short period has become one of the most successful NTT IndyCar Series teams in history. Andretti Autosport has won five Indianapolis 500s and four series championships. The team competes globally, also fielding entries in Indy Lights, FIA Formula E, Americas Rallycross and Virgin Australia Supercars.
As a driver, Andretti endured heartbreak at Indy: He never won despite leading 431 laps in 16 Indy 500 starts – more career laps led than four-time winner Rick Mears. He retired from driving after the 2007 Indianapolis 500 with nine top-10 finishes at the “500,” plus 42 CART IndyCar series wins and the 1991 series championship. Andretti drove in the 1993 Formula 1 championship as teammate to Ayrton Senna at Team McLaren, finishing third at the Italian Grand Prix.
The Museum thanks our Distinguished Speaker Series sponsors: J-Cut Video and Main Event Sound & Lighting.
To maintain the exclusivity of each event, seating is limited. All of the Spring 2019 speaker series events sold out, so order your tickets soon by contacting Kelly Hartman at (317) 492-6568 or firstname.lastname@example.org. IMS Museum memberships start at just $75 per year; for information, contact Hartman or visit the Museum website at www.indyracingmuseum.org/join-and-give/membership/.
About the IMS Museum: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum is home to one of the world’s premier motorsports and automobile collections, with a focus on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and its role as a global icon of sporting tradition and innovation.
Located inside the famed 2.5-mile IMS oval, the Museum is open 363 days a year (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas). It is operated by the IMS Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization which relies on support from admissions, tours, sponsorships, annual memberships and foundation grants for operations, educational programming, restoration and preservation efforts and exhibits.