Tuesday 21st of May 2019 until Tuesday 28th of May 2019
2019 Indy 500 - Escorted by Willie Kay - 7 Nights - from $8630* per person (ex Auckland with Sporting Tours).
No other motor sports facility in the world has the rich history and tradition of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and “The Greatest Spectacle In Racing” which continues with the 103rd running of the Indy 500 on Sunday May 26th 2019. The Indy 500 is a showcase of achievement, providing unprecedented action, thrills, speed and spills. The quest for innovation, more skill, more speed and glory will explore the limits of man and machine. The city of Speedway comes alive with supporting events in support of this historic icon of auto racing.The largest gathering of people on earth, the richest motor race in the world and the largest single day sporting event makes this race a spectacle not to be missed. Join me for an insider's experience and the trip of a lifetime, at the 103rd running of the Indy 500.
Your Host: Willie Kay, a former speedway and circuit driver, a car owner and Indy Car crew man, was a Director of Speedway NZ for eleven years, and promoter of Western Springs and Baypark tracks for nineteen years. Willie has escorted motorsport tours including Indianapolis 500, Formula One Grand Prix, vintage car events, V8 super cars, major speedway races and aviation events for thirty five years. Motorsport in its many facets has been his life and work, and Willie takes no greater pleasure than in sharing his experience, knowledge and contacts for the benefit of tour members.
Return economy Class airfares, return airport transfers (Full Package) All airline levies, fuel surcharges NZ & USA departure taxes (Full Package) • Seven nights at Drury Inn Indianapolis • Daily cooked breakfast at Drury Inn • Evening “Kick Back and Relax” sessions with hot food and cold beverages at the Drury Inn • Get together drinks with your host • Group transfers by minivan for the duration of the tour • Entry to Indy 500 and Pit/Gasoline Alley access • Tickets to Terre Haute Speedway, Freedom 100 race, Silver Crown Hoosier 100 race, Carburation Day, Legends Day, Indy 500 Parade and Anderson Speedway Sprint Cars Reserved Grandstand seat for Indianapolis 500 • Boxed lunches on the days of Indy 500 Parade and Indy 500 • Indy 500 Victory Awards Celebration Banquet • Local sightseeing in Indianapolis • Sporting Tours merchandise • Services of tour host Willie Kay (subject to a minimum of 10 persons travelling)
TUESDAY 21 MAY
1.00pm Latest check in at Air New Zealand counter. Please ensure you are in possession of a valid passport with more than 6 months validity from departure from the USA and a visa if you are travelling on a passport other than New Zealand or Australian. It is imperative you have your ESTA (Electronic System Travel Authorisation) with you when travelling in the USA. Sporting Tours will not be held responsible for any incorrect documentation.
4.00pm Depart AUCKLAND on AIR NEW ZEALAND flight NZ02806 12.40pm Arrive HOUSTON You will be met on arrival by your host Willie Kay (please look for the Sporting Tours Indy 500 Tour sign)
4:20PM Depart HOUSTON on UNITED AIRLINES flight UA4186 7:38pm Arrive INDIANAPOLIS.
On arrival tranfer to the Drury Inn DRURY INN 9320 N. Michigan Road, Indianapolis In the evening you will enjoy “get together drinks with your host Willie Kay”
WEDNESDAY 22 MAY
Visit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, tour the Hall of Fame Museum, take a lap around the track and visit the souvenir stands. This evening visit Terre Haute for the “Tony Hulman Classic” USAC Sprint Cars and supporting events on the Half Mile dirt track.
THURSDAY 23 MAY
Visit the Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Head Quarters where you will get an insider's view of an Indy Car work shop, visit a private racing car collection, the Indianapolis Museum restoration shop and other points of interest. Visit gasoline alley and the garage area, see the famed Indy 500 track for the Freedom 100 practice and qualifying. This evening attend the Silver Crown Hoosier 100 race at the Indianapolis State Fairgrounds.
FRIDAY 24 MAY
Carburation Day. This is the last chance for the final chassis tuning for the Indy Cars and is a great opportunity to watch the action. Following the Indy Car practice the Indy Lights cars race for 40 laps in the Freedom 100. At the completion of the Freedom 100 race, the Indy Car teams hold their Pit Stops competition, competing for US$50,000. This evening at leisure to enjoy the fabulous night attractions Indianapolis has to offer.
SATURDAY 25 MAY
Pre-race festivities for the Indy 500 begin with Legends Day at the Indy track including vintage race car displays and autograph sessions. Attend the public Indy 500 drivers meeting then watch the parade through downtown. The second largest parade in the USA this event reflects America’s love of parades and it is a spectacle well worth watching. In the evening attend the 67th running of the Little 500 on the 1/4 mile high banked paved oval at Anderson Speedway. Thirty three non-winged sprint cars start three wide for 500 laps in this “mini” Indy race that has become a tradition and a fitting climax for the build up to the Indy 500.
SUNDAY 26 MAY
The day we have all been waiting for, the highlight of the Tour, the INDIANAPOLIS 500 Gates open at 6.00am and prerace ceremonies including a spectacle of bands, a vintage race car demonstration, celebrity introductions, driver introductions, renditions of “America the Beautiful”,” God Bless America”, the united States National Anthem, the Invocation, the playing of the “Taps” and a military fly over provide the entertainment until “drivers to your cars” at 12.06pm, followed by the singing of “Back Home Again in Indiana”. The command “start your engines” is given at 12.17pm and the green flag waves for the start of the race at 12.20pm. For the next three hours watch the greatest spectacle of motor racing. Grandstand seats that we believe to be the best in the house have been reserved for you.
MONDAY 27 MAY
Rain day for the Indy 500. In the evening we are privileged to attend the official Indy 500 Victory Awards Celebration Banquet. Join celebrities, former drivers, sponsors and team owners to hear the Indy 500 drivers make their acceptance speeches as they receive their prize money cheques and awards. More than US $13 million is distributed at this exclusive event which is televised live and is a great ending to the tour. A table has been reserved for tour members. Business attire (jacket & tie recommended).
TUESDAY 28 MAY
Transfer to the airport 5.15pm
Depart INDIANAPOLIS on UNITED AIRLINES flight UA4014 6.54pm Arrive HOUSTON 10.15pm
Depart HOUSTON on AIR NEW ZEALAND flight NZ029
THURSDAY 30 MAY 06.05am Arrive AUCKLAND
Booking Terms: A non - refundable deposit is required to secure a reservation. Full Package $3000 per person / Land Only Package $2000 per person. Non Refundable balance of tour cost is due 60 days prior to departure. Sporting Tours reserves the right to amend the deposit amounts based on the composition of your final package or as required by the various suppliers.
General Conditions: Prices shown are per person land only unless stated otherwise and are in NZD. All packages are subject to availability at the time of booking. Prices are correct at time of publication however are subject to change until full payment is received or due to events outside of our control, such as currency fluctuations and supplier price increases. A minimum non-refundable deposit is required to place a booking. Full payment dates will be advised upon booking.