PLENTY OF ACTION, EXCITEMENT AT RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GP

‘The Ultimate Motorcycle Race in America’ includes great activities for all riders, fans

Photography: IMS Photo

INDIANAPOLIS – The 2012 Red Bull Indianapolis GP features exciting, 200-mph racing by the world’s best riders on exotic, prototype machinery, and there are plenty of other activities geared toward street bike enthusiasts during “The Ultimate Motorcycle Race in America” on Aug. 17-19 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

MotoGP superstars Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo and Casey Stoner will race against American standouts Nicky Hayden, Ben Spies and Colin Edwards aboard 1000cc prototype motorcycles from Ducati, Honda, Yamaha and more on the IMS road course Sunday, Aug. 19, with practice Friday, Aug. 17 and practice and qualifying Saturday, Aug. 18. Exciting competition also will take place in the Moto2 (600cc) and Moto3 (250cc) World Championship classes featuring riders from around the world.

There's also great action off the road course at IMS, both at the Speedway and around Indianapolis.
Fans can get an up-close look at the exciting world of MotoGP during the popular Red Bull Indianapolis GP Pit Walkabout, which takes place Saturday, Aug. 18. The pit lane at IMS will be open, giving fans a fantastic look at the exotic prototype machinery of MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 as mechanics prepare the bikes for Race Day.

The worlds of fashion, music, beauty and the most famous global motorcycle brand intersect at Ducati Island, located in the IMS infield during the Red Bull Indianapolis GP. Live music, fashion shows, Ducati giveaways, autograph sessions with Ducati riders, the beautiful Ducati Girls and Ducati motorcycles from all eras are among the evocative sights and sounds available in this popular area. There are a variety of special perks for Ducati owners, including gear check, special parking and more.

Major motorcycle manufacturers and aftermarket companies will display and sell their products at the Manufacturer Display area in the IMS infield and the Vendor Marketplace in the Gasoline Alley garage area.
Manufacturer representatives are available at the Manufacturer Display area to answer questions from fans interested in putting one of the beautiful new machines in their garage.

Enthusiasts can see and purchase gear from top motorcycle equipment and accessory companies at the Red Bull Indianapolis GP Vendor Marketplace, as the popular display area for aftermarket products returns for a fifth year. The Vendor Marketplace also will feature the largest selection of motorcycle apparel anywhere. The Vendor Marketplace will be open in the Gasoline Alley garages at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the entire Red Bull Indianapolis GP, Friday, Aug. 17 through Sunday, Aug. 19.

Exquisite vintage and custom street bikes will be on display and run Saturday, Aug. 18 during the return of the Cycle World Rolling Concours presented by BikeBandit.com.

Participants join the Cycle World staff on a ride from the track to a private lunch before riding back to the Speedway for judging. Bikes must complete the entire ride to be eligible for trophies in a variety of classes, as this unique event celebrates both form and function.

The beautiful machines of the Rolling Concours also will be on display Friday, Aug. 17 and Sunday, Aug. 19 in a special area at IMS.

Fans seeking a jaw-dropping display of skill on modern, cutting-edge street bikes should look no further than the fourth round of the 2012 XDL Championship Series, taking place Friday, Aug. 17 and Saturday, Aug. 18 at the Indiana War Memorial downtown Indianapolis.

The high-energy, high-thrill XDL series is the premier stunt-riding championship in the world, featuring riders from America and around the world performing the latest tricks in an action-packed format.

For those looking for a break from the intense competition at IMS and XDL, Motorcycles on Meridian is the path to a good time.

South Meridian Street in downtown Indianapolis will be transformed into a festival of the motorcycle lifestyle on Friday evening, Aug. 17 and Saturday evening, Aug. 18. The streets will fill with the roar of engines from all kinds of motorcycles and the sight of leather-clad riders.

Riders will gather on Meridian all the way from Monument Circle to South Street to share interests and celebrate the Red Bull Indianapolis GP at IMS, which has been a co-host and presenter of this popular event since the inaugural year in 2008.

For more information about the Red Bull Indianapolis GP and all of the surrounding events, visit www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com, the event Facebook page at www.facebook.com/IndianapolisGP

Tickets for the 2012 Red Bull Indianapolis GP are on sale now. Race Day tickets start at just $50, and kids 12 and under are admitted free with an adult general admission ticket holder all three days.
Visit www.imstix.com, call (800) 822-INDY or (317) 492-6700 or visit the IMS Ticket Office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday-Friday.

Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are on sale. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at (866) 221-8775 for more information.

Information on camping at IMS during the Red Bull Indianapolis GP is available at www.imstix.com. Hotel package information can be found at visitindy.com/redbull.