City celebrates race season with #IndyWings


From left, Noblesville Parks staff members Mike Hoffmeister, Brandon Bennett and Michael Smith pose in front of the new Indy Wings banner at Federal Hill Commons. (Submitted photo)

The 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 will take place May 27, and the City of Noblesville is in the racing spirit, working with the 500 Forward organization to implement the Indy Wings campaign at Federal Hill Commons.

A 12-foot by 12-foot sign has been mounted on the wall at the park in downtown Noblesville facing Conner Street. The sign reads, “This is Noblesville. This is May.” and includes areas sized for adults, children and pets with wings – an ode to the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway “Wing and Wheel” logo. The sign will remain up through the end of the month.

“We are excited to partner with 500 Forward to celebrate the Indy 500 and what the month of May means here in Noblesville,” Mayor John Ditslear stated in a press release. “The Indianapolis 500 holds a special place in the hearts of all Hoosiers, but it means a little more to the hometowns of drivers. Noblesville has been fortunate to have Conor Daly and Bryan Clauson represent our city and showcase their talents on the national stage since 2012.”

Visitors to the park are encouraged to use the #IndyWings hashtag when posting photos of the sign on social media.

Now in its second year, the Indy Wings program is a partnership with the Arts Council of Indianapolis and artist Aaron Scamihorn, who created the art piece. Other nearby cities also are putting up signs, including Westfield.

“These fantastic wings give everyone in Central Indiana the opportunity to showcase their Indy 500 pride in a fun and creative way,” Hulman Motorsports Senior Vice President of Events Allison Melangton stated. “We’re so excited Noblesville has partnered with 500 Forward to celebrate the 102nd Running and support our décor program.”