INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.- This year will be the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 and to mark the momentous occasion, city leaders announced two major events geared towards getting race fans revved up for the big event Friday.
On May 20, starting at 5 p.m., fans can enjoy "Rock-IN-Roar 500." Organizers say 500 local musicians, along with some IndyCar drivers, will gather on Georgia Street to sing one song, all in unison.
After that, beginning at 9 p.m. fans will experience "SPECTACLE," a music and lights show honoring the spirit of the Indy 500. While "Rock-IN-Roar 500" is a one-night-only event, organizers say "SPECTACLE" will happen every night starting at 9 p.m. from May 20 until May 29. Both events are open and free to the public.
"This is the 100th running, so definitely being a part of that is something you don't want to miss," said Sherry Seiwert of Dowtnown Indy, Inc.
Other local leaders say these events will help get people into the spirit of the race, even if you don't plan on going to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
"We want to make sure that not only is the action going on at the Speedway, but we want to make sure that we bring it downtown," said Seiwert, "in addition to the annual parade and the marathon, we want to activate Georgia Street."
For more information, check out the 500 Festival's website.