INDIANAPOLIS — official release — Chris Owens photo — Fans are invited to mingle with the stars of the Verizon IndyCar Series during the INDYCAR Championship Celebration on Sunday, Aug. 31, at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles.
The Championship Celebration will take place the day after the title-deciding MAVTV 500 in prime time at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., and culminate with the presentation of the Astor Cup and $1 million bonus to the Verizon IndyCar Series championship-winning team and driver.
A limited number of tickets are available for purchase by the public by calling the Indianapolis Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-822-4639. Live entertainment, beverages and catering by Wolfgang Puck are included in the $100 per ticket price. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. (local). INDYCAR Nation members can purchase tickets through the INDYCAR Nation Offers & Experiences page.
Club Nokia, which features theater-style seating, is part of the L.A. LIVE complex that also includes the Nokia Theatre and Staples Center in the heart of the entertainment capital of the world.
A Southern California venue will host the Championship Celebration for the third time since 2005, when the Verizon IndyCar Series champion and award winners were honored at the Paramount Theatre in Hollywood. In 2013, the Globe Theater at Universal Studios Hollywood hosted the event.
Other Championship Celebrations have been held at the Murat Theatre in Indianapolis (2000), the Speedway Club in Fort Worth, Texas (2001) and the House of Blues in Chicago (2002). Disney’s Epcot Center and the cruise ship Disney Wonder hosted the Championship Celebration in 2003 and ’04, respectively. Indianapolis Motor Speedway hosted the event in 2006, 2007 and 2012, while the 2008 event was held at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
The 2009 and 2010 Championship Celebrations were held at the W South Beach. The 2011 champions were recognized during a 2012 season kickoff event at the Hilbert Circle Theater in Indianapolis.