Batesville Racing For Indy 500 Award

Posted On May 16, 2012

(Batesville, Ind.) – The City of Batesville is in the running for a $20,000 prize from the Indianapolis 500.


Batesville is one of ten finalist cities across the state still competing for the 2012 Indianapolis Motor Speedway “Back Home Again in Indiana” Community Outreach Program award. The other finalists are Albion, Angola, Bloomfield, Brownsburg, Greenfield, Greensburg, Lake Station, New Haven and Veedersburg.


An independent group of judges will decide which city takes home $20,000 from Indianapolis Motor Speedway for community improvements. Second and third-place communities each will receive $2,500.


Participating communities in the program are celebrating the Month of May in many ways, including holding parades and decorating main streets, city centers and town squares in an Indianapolis 500 theme selected by residents.


Batesville’s entry said the funds will go towards the construction of a public facility in the downtown area that will include public restrooms, a trailhead, and informational kiosk about the city and the surrounding area. The project will also include recognition for George Schebler, inventor of the carburetor.


The “Back Home Again in Indiana” program was started by IMS owner Tony Hulman soon after World War II. It was reintroduced last year during the race’s 100th anniversary. More information is available at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/backhomeagaininindiana.


The Indianapolis 500 takes place Sunday, May 27 at noon. Eagle 99.3 will have coverage of the race live from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway beginning at 11:00 a.m.