Preparations are underway at the Lucas Estate in Carmel as it will play host to the first Indy 500 Soiree.
Lucas Oil founder Forrest Lucas and his wife, Charlotte, threw a big Super Bowl Party and now Lucas Oil has teamed up with IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard to present the new Indy 500 annual tradition. It will be held at the Lucas Estate Friday, May 25 at 6 p.m.
Garth Brooks, meet Indy 500 winners Arie Luyendyk and Kenny Brack, watch Jeanette Lee “the Black Widow” perform her billiards trick-shooting, taste A.J. Foyt’s wine, smoke a cigar and dance the night away to live performances by country, jazz and dance bands.
"I want this event to be where it's an event you have to come to every single year because it's exciting and it's a blast," said Bernard.
The event will also raise money for Garth Brooks’ Teammates for Kids Foundation, which will build a Child Life Zone at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. The zone allows children to escape the hospital atmosphere and spend time with their families in a relaxed environment.
"I think it's real important that the IndyCar and Indy 500 go out and do something very special for the community and we felt it was something very good to have Build a Child Zone at Riley Hospital," said Bernard.
He said his friendship with Brooks was key to pulling the event off in a matter of weeks.
“Garth and I are friends," said Bernard. "He's just one of the most gracious men that you will ever know and humble. And I mean, he'll wanna be here the whole time shaking everyone's hand and meeting everybody and getting ready for the Indy 500."
Beyond charity, Bernard and Lucas want the event to put the spotlight on Indianapolis and leave a lasting impression for out of town guests.
"I could see me living her for the rest of my life! And I think that when you come here and start meeting people and you see this beautiful place, what a great representation for the city of Indy," said Bernard.
General admission tickets cost $300 and VIP tickets cost $750.
You can buy tickets or support the Indy 500 Soiree through sponsorships or donations online. You can also call the event planner at 317-423-3590.