2014 Last Row Drivers Sage Karam, Sebastian Saavedra and Buddy Lazier
Receive their checks for 31 cents, 32 cents and 33 cents
More photos from the Last Row Party to come soon!
Three students receive journalism awards and internship at Indianapolis Motor Speedway at the Last Row Party
Scott Goodyear still has his check for 33 cents from 1994!
Photo Courtesy of IMS
THANK YOU TO OUR LAST ROW PARTY SPONSORS
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DRIVERS IN LAST ROW
RECEIVE CHECKS FOR 31, 32 and 33 cents
FROM THE INDIANAPOLIS PRESS CLUB FOUNDATION
INDIANAPOLIS – (May 23, 2013) -- A great Indianapolis 500 tradition continued
today as the Indianapolis Press Club Foundation awarded the race’s last row
drivers Conor Daly, Buddy Lazier and Katherine Legge checks for 31 cents, 32
cents and 33 cents in a ceremony at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Officials from the foundation and IMS also announced big changes for the Last
Row Party, the 40-year-old event at which the checks usually are presented.
The Last Row Party will take a hiatus this year, but will come back next year in
a bigger venue inside the Speedway. In years past, the party had been held in
downtown Indianapolis and just outside the Speedway.
Leaders from both organization said the changes are a product of a stronger
partnership between IMS and the press club foundation, which provides
scholarships for needy Indiana high school and college students.
“We’re thrilled that the Last Row Party will continue – not only because it’s
such a fun evening, but because we at IMS know that it’s great way to have a
good time while doing things for the community,” said Doug Boles, IMS chief
Boles said that he first attended the Last Row Party when he was a college
“I don’t think I ever laughed as hard as I did at that party. And it was just
great to be able to see drivers up close,” Boles said.
John Krull, the foundation’s president, said IMS’s support would make the
party even better than before.
“Moving the Last Row Party inside the Speedway will make a great event even
better for race fans – and, in the process, allow the Indianapolis Press Club
Foundation to help even more deserving Indiana students,” Krull said.
“That’s why the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is such a great corporate
citizen. Not only do the folks there do the right thing, but they show that
it’s possible to have a lot of fun while you’re doing the right thing.”
Details about the 2014 Last Row Party will be posted soon on the Indianapolis
Press Club Foundation’s web site, www.indypressfoundation.org
LAST ROW PARTY TO TAKE ONE-YEAR HIATUS
The Last Row Party is taking a one-year hiatus, meaning there will be no Last Row Party in May 2013. We are in discussions with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to bring the party back in 2014, bigger and better than before.
For the past 40 years, the party has recognized – through humor, toasts and roasts – the three drivers who qualify at the back of the pack. We’ve written 120 checks for 31, 32 and 33 cents to drivers to “honor” their last-row qualifying spot in the Indianapolis 500.
We thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you next year.
AT THE 2012 LAST ROW PARTY
Simona de Silvestro signs autographs
Sarah Fisher poses for a photo with a fan
MOURNING DAN WHELDON
Along with the rest of the racing world, the Indianapolis Press Club Foundation mourns the death of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon.
Our hearts go to his family and the entire racing community.
Thanks to everyone who made the
2011 Last Row Party a great success.
Our 2011 Last Row drivers, from left: Ryan Hunter-Reay, Ana Pippen and Ana Beatriz!
One of the Indy 500's best peripheral events for fans, the Last Row Party gives attendees an opportunity to mingle with drivers, share a laugh at the drivers’ expense and support a great cause.
The event benefits the Indianapolis Press Club Foundation, which annually presents thousands of dollars in scholarships and cash prizes to journalism students who attend Indiana colleges and universities.
Since 1973, the Last Row Party has paid tribute to the resilient drivers claiming the 31st, 32nd and 33rd spots in the Indianapolis 500 field.
Many open-wheel racing legends have occupied a space in the back row of the Indianapolis 500 field in the past, including former “500” winners Mario Andretti, Gordon Johncock, Buddy Lazier, Johnny Rutherford, Tom Sneva and Al Unser.
The 2010 Last Row Party attendees were Tony Kanaan, Sebastian Saavedra and Takuma Sato, all shown above with a party T-shirt.
The back-row qualifiers are awarded special jackets, checks for 31, 32 and 33 cents, respectively, and have their names affixed to a trophy honoring all 11th-row starters. A highlight of the evening’s festivities is the Press Club Foundation’s silent and live auctions of racing and other sports memorabilia, tickets to major sporting events, vacation trips, restaurant gift cards and entertainment gift certificates.
The 2009 Last Row Party honorees are shown below: Nelson Philippe, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Alex Tagliani
The 2008 Last Row Party honorees are below: Buddy Lazier, A.J. Foyt IV and Marty Roth