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Inaugural Mazda Road to Indy Victory Celebration is May 27

5.2.2012 (Via IndyCar) – Future Indianapolis 500 competitors will be honored at the inaugural Mazda Road to Indy Victory Celebration on May 27 at Sensu Restaurant and Nightclub in downtown Indianapolis.

Podium finishers of the Firestone Freedom 100 (Firestone Indy Lights) and Night Before the 500 races (Star Mazda and USF2000) will be recognized for their accomplishments at the event that follows the 96th Indianapolis 500. Roger Bailey, former executive director of Firestone Indy Lights, will be the guest of honor.

"The Victory Celebration will cap the exciting Month of May for the Mazda Road to Indy program, which includes the races and events surrounding the Indianapolis 500," said Tony George Jr., director of Firestone Indy Lights. "It also allows everyone to congratulate Roger and reflect on his 50-plus-year career in motorsports."

A painting of 2011 Indianapolis 500 champion Dan Wheldon, which motorsports artist Bill Patterson will produce during the event, will be auctioned – along with several prints — at the conclusion of the event.

Individual tickets are $50, with proceeds benefiting CARA Charities. They can be purchased at http://caracharities.org/roadtoindy.html.

"CARA is thrilled to share in the Mazda Road to Indy Victory Celebration" executive director Cathie Lyon said. "As an organization that has worked hard to promote Indy car for 30 years, we have a strong commitment to invest in the future of open-wheel racing. To be the official beneficiary of such a spectacular event is truly an honor to CARA, its Board of Directors and our members around the globe." 

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