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Two Classic Races, One Ticket: Indy 500 And Kentucky Derby Team Up

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On: Wed, Apr 11, 2012 at 1:45PM | By: Chris Weiss


Two Classic Races, One Ticket: Indy 500 And Kentucky Derby Team Up

Depending on your disposition and personal history, if you were asked to name the United States' most famous race, you might be inclined to say either the Indy 500 or the Kentucky Derby. The races are the pinnacles of their respective sports, and now they're teaming up to give you all access.

This is one of those promotions that makes you wonder: Why's it never been done? The two events each hold relatively equal prominence in racing lore, occur around the same time of year, and are located about two hours apart in a pretty straight north-south line. A promotional team-up seems so damn logical, yet it's taken more than 100 years to happen (the first Indy 500 was held in 1911 and the first Kentucky Derby in 1875).

The Horsepower and Horsepower package represents the first time the two events have teamed up for a promotional combination package. It is available in two levels: the $115 party pack and the $995 Club Pack.

The Party Pack gives you general admission to the Kentucky Oaks, a preliminary race on Friday, May 4, and the Derby on Saturday, May 5. Later in the month, you'll have a ticket to Miller Lite Carb Day, the traditional final practice day for the Indy 500 on Friday, May 25, and the actual race on Sunday, May 27.

In addition to the final practice, Miller Lite Carb Day includes the Firestone Freedom 100 Firestone Indy Lights race, the Indy 500 Pit Stop Challenge and a concert featuring Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band Lynyrd Skynyrd. Party Pack buyers get access to the Snake Pit on Indy race day and a specially designated section near the front for the Lynyrd Skynyrd concert.

That's not a bad little combo for 115 bills, especially if you live close enough to drive to both events.

The Club Pack ups the prestige with grandstand tickets and lunch buffets for both events. For that kind of a bump in price, though, I'd settle for general admission and buy my own lunch.

The Club Pack will be sold through Sunday, April 15, while supplies last. The Party Pack will be available through Thursday, May 3. Both packages can be purchased at www.ChurchillDowns.com or www.imstix.com.

This year represents the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby and the 96th Indy 500 race. This is a pretty cool cross-market promotion, if ever we've seen one.




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