Breakfast at the Brickyard: An Indianapolis Tradition

May in Indianapolis is officially in full swing. With last weekend’s chilly running of the 34th annual Indianapolis 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, Indy residents embraced the first waves of  race season excitement in in the Circle City. And the city can begin preparing now for the next big event celebrating the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race (the Indy 500): the 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard.

Breakfast at the Brickyard takes place at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the plaza pavilion. Roll out of bed bright and early for this fun-filled Indianapolis event; you don’t want to miss out on a hot, hearty Hoosier breakfast. You’ll need to fuel to prepare for your exciting day of touring the pits in Gasoline Alley and cheering on your favorite drivers as the compete for a coveted spot in the 33-driver lineup on race day. You’ll even get to see the 500 Festival Queen herself crowned after breakfast with Mayor Greg Ballard.

The day will begin with a Q&A session with two Indy 500 driving legends over a sophisticated brunch. If you’re a racing fan, you likely recognize the names Parnelli Jones and Tom Sneva. These two men are an integral part of Indianapolis history, due to their past Indy 500 victories and long, decorated IndyCar careers.

Other distinguished guests at Breakfast at the Brickyard will include mayors from all across the state. Mayor Ballard will personally salute these Indiana politicians in commemoration of the month of May in Indianapolis. This year’s event is presented by Proliance Energy and sponsored by Ice Miller law firm,  the AAA Hoosier Motor Club, Crowe Horwarth, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, WIBC radio, and WTHR Channel 13 News.

After you enjoy brunch and listening to the guests of honor, get ready to walk off some of those calories as you take part in one of the most exciting days of the Spring season here in Naptown. Pole Day is an honored tradition at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, even for those who aren’t die-hard race fans.

Any good Indianapolis partier knows that the track is a perfect place to get that first golden tan of the summer. Kick off your flip-flops up in the bleachers, or set up your lawn chair and mini-grill out in the infield. Pop the tops of your Miller Lite cans and enjoy a little fun in the fun at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. You’ll feel like a part of the action even if you can’t name a single driver!

If you’re planning to attend this year’s Breakfast at the Brickyard, head for the official 500 Festival Website for information on purchasing tickets. And if you’re just planning on a fun day of outdoor games, grilling, and soaking up the sun, visit the Website for rules about tailgating, where to park, etc. And don’t forget to visit the hisotorical Indianapolis 500 Hall of Fame Museum and pick up a souvenier checkered flag at the gift shop.

500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard

Indianapolis Motor Speedway
4400 W 16th St
Indianapolis, IN 46222-2512

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