Watch the Daytona 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway! Wait… isn’t that like going to church to worship the Devil? Depends on how you look at it I suppose, but one thing is for sure, this event is supporting a very good cause. The official press release follows with all of the details.
IMS RACING KICKOFF PARTY FEB. 17 TO BENEFIT VOGLER SCHOLARSHIP FUND
INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, Jan. 24, 2008 – Central Indiana racing fans can take the green flag on the 2008 motorsports season by watching the Daytona 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Racing Kickoff Party on Sunday, Feb. 17.
The party will benefit the Rich Vogler Memorial Scholarship Fund, a program that began in 1990 in memory of the five-time Indianapolis 500 starter and multiple United States Auto Club Midget and Sprint Car champion who lost his life in July 1990 in an accident at Salem (Ind.) Speedway.
Eleanor Vogler, Rich’s mother, began an annual Daytona 500 party in 1991 in honor of her son and to benefit the Rich Vogler Memorial Scholarship Fund. This year marks the first time the event will take place at the world-famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Doors to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Plaza Pavilion will open at 1:30 p.m., with the race broadcast scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. Admission is free, and an all-you-can-eat picnic lunch is available for $8.95 for adults and $4.95 for children under 12.
Attendees will enjoy car displays, including one of Rich Vogler’s Midget racers, and see the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard trophy. The Allstate 400 at the Brickyard Fan Tour will be available for fans to experience in the Pagoda Plaza. Live and silent auctions also will be featured, with many exciting racing items up for bid.
Tickets for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard on Sunday, July 27 at IMS also will be on sale at the party.
About the Rich Vogler Memorial Scholarship Fund: Persons involved in motorsports, either directly or through a family member, are eligible to apply for a scholarship. Scholarships of $1,000 are awarded each year based on applications received. There has been $350,000 in scholarships awarded during the 18 years of the foundation’s existence in an effort to encourage members of the racing community to continue their education.
Donations to the Rich Vogler Memorial Scholarship Fund may be sent to:
Rich Vogler Memorial Scholarship Foundation
c/o Eleanor Vogler
7901 Sharon Ave.
Avon, IN 46123
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