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11/13/08
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Indy 500 Grill opens at new Indy Airport  With the opening of the new Indianapolis International Airport midfield terminal Nov. 12, air travelers and Indianapolis-area residents have a new dining choice featuring a legendary name: the Indy 500.

The Indy 500 Grill combines a full, eclectic menu offering a variety of appetizers, soups, small plate items, salads, burgers, entrees and desserts in an atmosphere featuring the history, pageantry and excitement of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.

"The new Indianapolis airport terminal is the gateway to Indianapolis for millions of travelers, all of whom know about this great city because of the worldwide popularity and 97-year history of the Indianapolis 500," said Joie Chitwood, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president and chief operating officer. "The Indy 500 Grill celebrates the rich tradition of 'The Greatest Spectacle in Racing' as IMS begins its Centennial Era, and the restaurant will be one of the focal points of the exciting, state-of-the-art terminal."

The Indy 500 Grill is the only full-service restaurant and bar located in the striking, spacious Civic Plaza, through which all of the estimated 8.5 million annual arriving and departing airport customers must pass. The Indy 500 Grill also can serve those who aren't traveling because the Plaza is located before security checkpoints.

The restaurant and bar d├ęcor includes scores of photographs highlighting drivers from the Indianapolis 500's storied past and its current stars.

A replica of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's iconic Scoring Pylon displays the top-five finishers from 1977 - the year A.J. Foyt won his record fourth Indianapolis 500, and the floor features familiar car numbers of Indy 500 champions, including Foyt, Bill Vukovich and Jim Clark.

The Speedway's Brickyard Authentics retail store has been a mainstay at the Indianapolis airport for many years, and passengers and diners have easy access to the store in the new airport as it moves next door to the restaurant.

The Brickyard Authentics airport location stocks apparel and collectibles for the Speedway's Centennial Era and its events, including the Indianapolis 500, Allstate 400 at the Brickyard and Red Bull Indianapolis GP, providing the perfect opportunity for travelers to purchase souvenirs.

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