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Indy 500 Program price raised to $12, contains many extras
The Official Program for the 2009 Indianapolis 500, the largest and most comprehensive ever produced for "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing," celebrates 100 years of competition at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and will be available for purchase Friday, May 1.

The Centennial Era Edition program consists of 260 pages, including a special Centennial Era section of 100 pages.

Fans can purchase this commemorative program for $12 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, at the Brickyard Authentics store at the Indianapolis International Airport, online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com or by calling (800) 955-INDY.

The double-pane cover of the program features the painting "Indy Excitement" by famed artist Thomas Kinkade. The program also includes a special envelope and inserts with reproductions of historical documents from the Speedway, including:

1909 Auto Race Meet Ticket
1909 Brick Contract to purchase the 3.2 million bricks that were used to pave the Speedway.
1910 Aviation Meet postcard
Entry ledger for the first Indianapolis 500 Mile Race in 1911
1934 Indianapolis 500 Credential
1961 Indianapolis 500 Race Day ticket
Centennial Era Logo decal
Other special Centennial Era features in the 2009 program include:

100-year timeline following the history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Feature stories about the inaugural race at IMS in 1909, a balloon race, and the Centennial Era Balloon Festival presented by AT&T Yellow Pages on May 1-3 at IMS
Concours d'Elegance on the grounds of IMS in 2010
There also are a variety of feature stories about current IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights drivers and features about exciting new IndyCar Series and Indianapolis Motor Speedway consumer partnerships with IZOD and Mattel - Hot Wheels.

Fun fan features include driver biographies for the Indianapolis 500 and Firestone Freedom 100, race entry lists, statistics, track records, a track map, schedules, lists of sponsors, lap prize sponsors and lap awards, a 2009 merchandise order form and a 2010 ticket order form.

The 2009 Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for Sunday, May 24.

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