Unlike most tracks in the nation, the huge Indianapolis Speedway provides many things to do on the
inside of the oval track.
Music Concerts - There many concerts during race
weekends. Some are in the Pagoda Plaza, the 4th Turn infield
and over by the musuem. The biggest acts play on Carb Day,
Legends Day and Race Day.
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 which is free to enter.
Shopping - Visit an official trackside giftshop. All types of
photos, clothings, and memorabilia is available. They are
scattered around inside and outside the track. The big
shops are located next to the museum, in the museum and
under the northern Tower Terrace.
Phone number: 317-484-6400 or 1-800-955-4639.
Website: Brickyard Gift Store On-line
They also have a store in the Airport, called "Brickyard
Authentics". Their phone number is (317) 241-1500
You can find Race Teams selling merchandise from trailers
in the Fan Zone. Sometimes in the museum parking lot and
sometimes along Hulman Blvd and 6th Street.
There will also be many vendors outside the speedway,
along Georgetown Road and 16th Street, selling stuff.
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 $5 or 10.
These will be very low-quality tees.
Local stores through out the city often have various race
related merchandise too.
Admission: Adults $3 $5 $8 $10
Children 6-15 years old $5
Children under 6 FREE
March-Nov Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dec-Feb Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Phone: (317) 492-6784
Speedway Tours - There are two bus tours you can
take. There are busses with recorded lecture that will take
you out for a lap around the track and will stop at the Finish
Line if you want to get out for a photo.
You can upgrade to a 1.5 hour tour in which 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 $8 $20
Children 6-15 years old $5 $10
Children under 6 FREE.
Prices for the full Grounds tour: $30 for adults
$12 $15 for youth age 6-15
Free for age 5 and younger.
Photo Store - 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
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 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 test.
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 parking inside the grassy 3rd Turn infield, but
you must get there early on race day! It used to be free,
but in 2013 they began charging to park inside on Race
Day and Carb Day. Buy parking way in advance before
it sells out.
There is a grassy viewing hill that runs from Turn 2 to Turn
3. Rest rooms and a concession stand are handy. They
play music over the P.A. system during those slow
practice days. There is also a huge jumbo-tron TV in the
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 found.
IMS Kids Club
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.
|Things To Do in the Speedway Infield
|Indy Racing Experience Offers fans various exciting
race car experiences on the Motor Speedway oval and
Ride in IndyCar or Stockcar.
You can ride, or you can drive.
Less daring fans can also take a 60-mph ride around the
track in an Impala. Up to 3 people allowed per car.
Tours, racing simulators, coffee cafe, gift shop
This go-kart track is brand new (2016) and a two-level road course and a mini super
speedway, SIK can offer multiple configurations and options for karters of all skill levels.
Family dining and a pub.
There are other race related business nearby, such as Ed Carpenter Racing and USAC
headquarters, but they do not have anything set up for visitors to see currently (2017).
|Things To Do Within Walking Distance of Speedway
|Restaurants... a longer walk
|The Dallara Factory is an Italian company that makes the IndyCar chassis.
|Indy 500 Queen and Princesses
Each year, 33 single, college coeds with good grades,
who are between 18 & 23, are selected as 500
Princesses. They make appearances throughout the
month of May at Indy 500 events, such as the Mini-
marathon, the 500 Parade and the Snakepit Ball and of
course the Indy 500. One girl will be selected as Queen.
Girls wishing to participate must apply in early January.
500 Festival Intern Program
This internship is for students and runs from Jan-May.
The 500 Festival is a nonprofit organization dedicated to
celebrating the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500.
The 500 Festival staff is 18 deep and packed with talented,
hard-working professionals who care about our city, our
state, and what the Indy 500 means to its history and culture.
An additional 11 interns join us for the spring semester, and
another 7,000 volunteers help us make May a month-long
500 Festival Volunteer
They need thousands of volunteers and there are 100 areas
of volunteer opportunity, from handing out water to runners in
the marathon, to being a tour guide for 4th graders, to
helping people at the 500 Parade. Perks include swag.
IMS offers various ways for a non-profit group to raise funds
during IMS events, such as working as attendants, track
cleanup or in concession stands for gift shops.