Record Purse Up for Grabs in 57th
Less / Remy International Little 500
By Kyle Larson
Speedway and Little 500 Festival officials cancelled the Pay Less / Remy
International Little 500 Race and Festival press conference scheduled for
Thursday afternoon due to the forecast of heavy rain.
A record number of drivers are expected to compete for the largest purse ever in
the 57th Pay Less / Remy International Little 500 at Anderson Speedway on
Saturday, May 28. A record purse of nearly $123,000 is scheduled to be awarded
in the richest asphalt Sprint Car race in the country. 2004 winner Eric Gordon
bagged over $27,000 for the prestigious victory last May.
Several former winners have pre-entered for the event including Eric Gordon, who
has won the previous four events. Other former winners that will compete in the
57th Pay Less / Remy International Little 500 include three-time champion Jeff
Bloom and all-time pole leader Dave Steele.
California’s Tony Hunt, who finished in the top five the previous three events
and was the 2002 Rookie of the Year will also be involved in the 2005 event.
Last year’s runner-up Aaron Pierce, Texas’ Paul White, Levi Jones of Illinois
and Indiana racers Jason McCord, Brian Tyler, Tracy Hines and Tony Elliott have
also pre-entered for the 57th Pay Less / Remy International Little 500
The format of the 57th Pay Less / Remy International Little 500 is unique to
Sprint Car racing. The starting grid is comprised of thirty-three cars in 11
rows of three, charging to the green flag. Two mandatory pits stops are required
during the challenging 500-lap event. Billed as the most entertaining event in
auto racing, fans will be filled with anticipation in the most exciting start to
a racing event.
The United States Auto Club has designed this historic event as a special
sanctioned race. The format, rules and race control are officiated by Anderson
Activities for the 57th Pay Less / Remy International Little 500 kick off on
Wednesday, May 25, with practice beginning at 11:15 a.m. The USAC Valvoline
National Sprint Car Series will compete in its Central Indiana Chevy Dealers 50
on Wednesday evening.
The 57th Pay Less / Remy International Little 500 round one pole qualifying is
set for Thursday, beginning at 1:30 p.m. On Friday, the 33-car field will be set
with the second round of qualifications. On Saturday, May 28, the 57th Pay Less
/ Remy International Little 500 green flag waves at 8 p.m.
Tickets are available for legendary 57th Pay Less / Remy International Little
500 at $25 for reserved seating. For more information, contact the Anderson
Speedway Ticket Office from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For additional information, contact Anderson Speedway at (765) 642-0206.
The Little 500 Festival includes activities such as the Mayor’s Cup Grand Prix
go-cart race in downtown Anderson on the first Saturday in May, a comedy night,
children and family activities, a 5K Fun Run/walk, a '50s street party/dance and
Tips for Tots at all Anderson Pay Less Stores begins on May 1, kicking off the
Little 500 Festival in May. Other events include 500 Laughs, a good clean fun at
Millcreek Center in Chesterfield, Madison County Shriners Parade and a night at
Anderson Fine Arts Center on May 14, events at Paramount Theatre and Bowl’s For
Kids Safety on May 20.
The final week of the Little 500 is full of activates with May 21 events
including 5K Run/Walk scheduled at Shadyside Park, Big Wheel Race at Cross
Street Pay Less, Bicycle Safety Fair at Main Street Pay Less and the Little 500
dance and classic cruise-in at Anderson’s new Town Center located downtown.
On Sunday, May 22, a pair of events are scheduled with the Antique Car Show and
Model Airplane Fly-In at the Payless on Scatterfield Road and the Baby Derby
Race. On Thursday, May 26, Chickens for Charity is set for the YMCA and the Free
Senior Lunch will take place at Anderson Speedway sponsored by Community
Hospital, Key Bank and Pay Less.
For more information on the Little 500 Festival, visit