Indianapolis, Ind. – The 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 is only ten days away. The Verizon IndyCar Series teams will practice again Thursday from 12 to 6 p.m.
Gates to IMS will open again at 7:30 p.m. for a special movie screening.
The Roving Cinema is part of Indy Film Fest. The Roving Cinema shows fun, cult classics in places that relate to the movie. For example, Field of Dreams was shown at Victory Field.
“It’s always been on the bucket list to do something at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and with it being the 100th Running, all the pieces fell into place,” said Craig Mince, Executive Director of Indy Film Fest. “It’s been a long time coming and it’ll be a really neat one.”
The 1969 classic film Winning, starring Paul Newman, will be shown on a 40-foot inflatable screen in Pagoda Plaza.
Newman plays a rising star on the racing circuit who dreams of winning the Indy 500.
“The track becomes a character and it’s absolutely beautifully portrayed in this movie, much like Hoosiers or Rudy that were also shot here in Indiana,” said Mince. “It’s iconic and it just makes total sense.”
Seating begins at 7:30 p.m. and the movie will start around 9 p.m.
General admission tickets are still available for $25.
“They’re going to get a once in a lifetime opportunity to see this film where it was shot, where it really makes sense, and so I think people are going to walk away with just a sense of awe in being able to experience it the way that most people will never get to see it.”
The screening is rain or shine, although no rain is expected.
Bring your own chair.
Some food vendors will be open. Normal track rules apply so you can bring your own food and drinks.