(TOLEDO, Ohio - November 1, 2012) - It's the weekend of December 8, 2012, and you're a competitor in or supporter of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. You've made it to Indianapolis, tuxedo and dresses in tow for the series' annual Championship Awards Banquet.
You're ready to salute champion Chris Buescher and Roulo Brothers Racing, or maybe another driver and race team altogether. You've got your tickets - information available here - but there's still time before the big trophy presentations at the Convention Center. What do you do?
The Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association offers a comprehensive collection of ideas on its official site, VisitIndy.com.
You know the landmark Indianapolis restaurant St. Elmo's Steak House and its famous shrimp cocktail, but what else is there?
Check out this restaurant finder from VisitIndy.com to preview places like Shapiro's Delicatessen, R bistro, and more:
In a sightseeing mood? Monument Circle is a good choice. Thinking about live music? Indy offers that in many forms as well. Maybe you're up for shopping, so Circle Centre Mall - very close to the Convention Center - is a good place to start.
For more ideas, take a look at this Insider's Guide to Indy, from VisitIndy.com:
As a reminder, the dress code for the function is formal (tuxedos for male attendees are required), so please plan ahead for proper attire.
The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards has crowned 30 ARCA national champions in 60 seasons since 1953, and has toured over 200 race tracks in 26 states since its inception. The series has tested the abilities of drivers and race teams over the most diverse schedule of stock car racing events in the world, visiting tracks ranging from 0.375 mile to 2.66 miles in length, on both paved and dirt surfaces as well as a left- and right-turn road course in its most recent season. This year, the series visited Alabama's Mobile International Speedway and Minnesota's Elko Speedway for the first time. Next season, ARCA will appear for the first time at Road America in Wisconsin.
Founded by John and Mildred Marcum in 1953 in Toledo, Ohio, the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is recognized among the leading sanctioning bodies in the country. Closing in on completing its sixth decade after hundreds of thousands of miles of racing, ARCA administers over 100 race events each season in three professional touring series and local weekly events.