|INDIANAPOLIS 500 BRONZE BADGE
|History of the Bronze Badge
The race fan possessing a Bronze Badge gets free
admission into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the
month of May, except race day. Perhaps more importantly,
it also allows them daily access to the garage area where
they can get up close to the drivers, race teams and race
Current pricing (2016) for a Bronze Badge is $150.
Cardboard or laminate badges were utilized from the
inaugural Indianapolis 500 in 1911 through 1937, and were
assigned only to event participants.
Beginning in 1938, more durable metal badges were used
before IMS Bronze Badges made their debut in 1947 and
were initially sold to the general public in the early 1990s.
Today they all are cherished collectables.
These badges are also made in silver and are appropriately
called Silver Badges. These get you into the pits These are
not available to the general public. (Some photos below are
of the silver badge.)
This page contains photos of all the Indy 500 Bronze Badges