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05/11/09
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TMS giving away IndyCar tickets for just $1 each
No one ever said Eddie Gossage doesn't know how to fill up a race track grandstands, even if it means giving the tickets away essentially free.  Come and get them folks!

IndyCar Series star Helio Castroneves captured the pole position for the Indianapolis 500 on Saturday and that performance has set the pricing for "Helio’s Blue Plate Special" promotion at $1 for 300 Bombardier Learjet 550k frontstretch tickets for the June 6 event at Texas Motor Speedway.  This special price will be limited to 4 tickets per customer.

"Helio’s Blue Plate Special" was a special promotion that tied the pricing of this limited supply of tickets to his qualifying performance for the Indianapolis 500, and Castroneves responded with his third career pole at the Brickyard to provide Indy car fans with a tremendous bargain for the upcoming Bombardier Learjet 550k.

Castroneves, making his ninth start in the Indianapolis 500, won his previous two pole positions in 2003 and ’07, and now has qualified among the top five for the last five consecutive years. In eight career visits, he has qualified inside the top 10 seven times. He won the pole Saturday with a four-lap average speed of 224.864 miles per hour.

"Helio came up huge for the fans of the Bombardier Learjet 550k and gave them the best price possible with this promotion. At this price, this is not only a family event but one you can take your entire neighborhood to," Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage said. "Not only is this an exceptional price for Indy car fans, but it also is a fantastic price point for some families that have never experienced racing at Texas Motor Speedway to give it a shot."

Castroneves will be headed to Dallas on Monday to promote the upcoming Bombardier Learjet 550k with a media event where he will exchange his "Blue Plate Special" for some exquisite culinary fare. He will spend the afternoon with world-renown chef Stephan Pyles, who is going to work on Castroneves’ culinary skills and wine pairing at his downtown restaurant.

The Bombardier Learjet 550k race week kicks off Thursday, June 4 with practice and qualifying for the WinStar World Casino 400 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event as well as opening IndyCar Series practice for the Bombardier Learjet 550k. IndyCar Series qualifying will be held Friday, June 5 at 5:30 p.m. CT and will be followed by the WinStar World Casino 400 race at 8 p.m. CT. The weekend culminates Saturday, June 6 with the running of the Bombardier Learjet 550k at 8:30 p.m. CT. Tickets are available for each day by calling the TMS ticket office at (817) 215-8500 or by visiting www.texasmotorspeedway.com.

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