Unlike most tracks in the nation, the
huge Indianapolis Speedway provides
many things to do on the inside of the
Music Concerts - There many concerts during race weekends.
Some are in the Pagoda Plaza, the infield and over by the
musuem. The biggest acts play on Carb Day and Race Day.
The concerts are free too!
The Speedway Museum is located at the south end of the infield.
They have many cool race cars. While most are Indycars, not all
are. There is other memorabilia such as trophys, uniforms and
pictures inside too. They have a small theater where you can
watch films about the Speedway. There is a large gift shop
Shopping - Visit an official trackside giftshop. All types of
photos, clothings, and memorabilia is available. They are
scattered around inside and outside the track. Some, such as
the one over by the museum or over under the northern Tower
Terrace, are larger than others.
Phone number: 317-484-6400 or 1-800-955-INDY.
Website: Brickyard Gift Store On-line
Airport Store: (317) 241-1500
Downtown Store at the Circle Centre Mall: (317) 955-1500
Gift certificates available.
You can find Race Teams selling merchandise from trailers in
the parking lot east of the museum.
There will also be many vendors outside the speedway, along
Georgetown Road and 16th Street, selling stuff.
The Speedway does not give you passes to get out and back in
to the track, so you will have to check these vendors out before
you enter or after you leave the speedway.
After the race is over and everyone has left, you may find these
vendors are willing to bargain.
Also you may find someone walking around in the parking areas
outside the track selling souvenir t-shirts for $10. These will be
very low-quality tees.
Local stores through out the city often have various race related
Admission: Adults $3.00
Children 6-15 years old $1.00
Children under 6 FREE
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Christmas Day)
May Hours: 9 a.m to 6 p.m.
Phone: (317) 492-6784
Speedway Tours - There are two tours you can take. There
are busses which will take you on a lap of the Speedway on
days when race cars are not practicing. You can upgrade to
a full tour in which the bus will stop and let you out on the
track at the start finish line where you can take pictures. A
guide lets you tour the media center and the lower control
tower. Tour tickets are purchased inside the museum.
Prices for the bus ride only: Adults $3.00
Children 6-15 years old $1.00
Children under 6 FREE.
Prices for the full Grounds tour: $25 for adults
$10 for youth age 6-15
Free for age 5 and younger.
Photo Shop - There are two photo shops. The one most
people want is located over in the Tower Terrace (the stands
to the north of the Pagoda Control Tower.) You can find
photos from just a $1 all the way up to huge framed photos
for hundreds of dollars.
The other photo shop is located on the 2nd floor of the
Museum. They have an archive of negatives that go back
through all the years! You can browse through binders of
negatives, select certain frames and order prints in any size!
Car Displays - You may find these anywhere, but generally most
can be found in the Pagoda Plaza and over in the parking lot
east of the Museum. Often, car clubs park along the main road
down the center of the infield.
Gasoline Alley is the road the race cars and drivers take
between the garages and the race track during the Indy 500.
Hang out here and you'll witness a pretty constant stream of
famous people and you may get some autographs or even a
picture taken of yourself and a driver.
The best time for this activity is when the Speedway is not real
crowded, such as a practice day.
On busy days, Gasoline Alley gets packed!
Garage Passes allow you to walk around the garages that
connect to Gasoline Alley. There are three long buildings full
of garages that are used by IndyCars and stock cars. You
will see the mechanics working on the cars and the drivers
hanging around. You might be able to get a few autographs.
How to get Garage Passes
Pit Passes are even better than garage passes. They can
usually get you into the garages as well! The best type of pit
pass is the "hot" pass that get you into the pits when things
start getting serious and everybody but the race teams and
VIPs get kicked out.
How to get Pit Passes
The F1 garages are right beside the Pit Lane.
There are days throughout the year where various
types of race cars and motorcycles show up to
Fans can show up and watch for free.
|With a pit pass you can get up close to the action!
- and without a fence in your way!
Eat, Drink and Be Merry!
Try and get invited to one of the many big tent parties. Free
food, booze and entertainment.
There are picnic tables and food stands behind the tower in
the Pagoda Pavilion. Often there are bands playing nearby
on the stage.
You can tailgate and picnic almost anywhere you like. It's
handy to do so near your car. Bring a grill, table, chairs, etc
and have a party!
There is free parking inside the grassy 3rd Turn infield, but
you must get there early on race day! There is a grassy
viewing hill that wraps all the way around the third turn and
down along the back straight. Rest rooms and a concession
stand are handy. You can catch a shuttle to other points,
such as the Pagoda Pavilion, or museum. They play music
over the P.A. system during those slow practice days. There
is also a huge jumbotron TV there.
Another good spot to tailgate is Turn 1. There are stands in
this area. Get there early and park right up against the
stands so that your supplies are close at hand.
Fun for the Kids - You can find special activities for children
around the Museum and at the Pagoda Plaza (behind the
Pagoda Tower.) Video racing games, remote control cars,
slot cars, pedal car races and face-painting are often to be
Golfing - There is a 18-hole championship-caliber golf
course in the infield and to the east of the track. It includes
three lakes, 72 sand traps and 650 trees. It's not a course
for the fainthearted and it costs around $90 a round.
Brickyard Golf Resort and Inn - (317) 241-2500
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