There is limited parking within the infield of the
speedway. On practice days, you can park here
easily. On Qualifying, Race or Carb Days, it fills up
The largest general parking area is in the TURN 3
There is also a large square parking lot behind
northern Tower Terrace, however its reserved for suite
ticketholders, media and those with yellow passes.
It is free to park inside the speedway except on race
day. To park in the 3rd turn on race day costs $25
and $75 for a front row spot. You should buy these
tickets in advance from the Speedway ticket office.
Motorcycle parking is still free.
If you do not have a race ticket, you can buy one for
each passenger as you drive in.
You cannot drive RV's into the infield, nor can you
camp out overnight.
THERE ARE 4 AUTO ENTRANCES INTO THE
GATE 2 - South off of 16th street. Always open on
race day. Can approach from either direction during
practice days, but must approach from the east
(heading west) to enter on race day. BOTH RIGHT
LANES can enter. Must have parking pass to enter
here for USGP.
GATE 6 & 7 - West off of Georgetown Road.
Restricted to those with reserved parking on race day.
Sometimes closed off to general traffic on some days
(like Carb Day.)
GATE 10 - North - Enter off of 30th Street. Requires
driving up a 1/2 mile 8-lane driveway. They will close
this gate earlier than they will the one on 16th Street
on race day. This is because there is tons of parking
just outside the track all along this driveway and they
start diverting people off and making them park in
these fields. Note: You cannot exit the track to come
back to your car if your car is in this area (often called
'The North 40')
There is parking literally everywhere miles around the
outside of the track.
Most every house in every neighborhood will let you
park in their yard for a price. If they are a mile or more
away, they may only charge $5-10. Get close to the
speedway and price jumps to $20 or $30.
There are some large parking lots around. The police
are going to make sure traffic moves out of these lots,
where as you can get stuck in a neighborhood. The
Speedway will let you buy a reserved parking spot in
their lots. For a map and more information, see
Speedway Reserved Parking
The Speedway owns a huge grassy lot just north of
the track that you can reach on 30th street. We often
refer to this lot as "The North 40". You can park here
The largest lot of all is called the Coke Lot. It is a
huge grassy field along 30th Street between
Georgetown Road and Moller Road. The speedway
actually owns it. At one time someone wanted to build
a horse track there. This is probably the easiest lot to
get in and out of, so I recommend using it. Sometimes
they charge you $10-20, sometimes you get to park
here free. You can camp here too. The speedway
has it divided into 3 lots - 1A, 1B and 1C - which is
usually free. If lot 1C fills up at all, it fills up late on
Coming from Downtown Indianapolis? - Take 16th or
30th Streets west
Coming from the North on I-65? - Exit on 30th Street
west or grab I-465
Using I-465, which loops around the city? - then
1) Get off on 10th street, exit 14A,
Go east a mile
Turn Left on Lynhurst Drive
Turn Right on 16th Street
2) Get off on Crawfordsville Rd, US 136, Exit 16A.
Traffic will be sent in three directions, but all will
get to the track.
3) Get off on 38th Street east, Exit 17.
Go a mile
Turn Right on Moller Road
Turn Left on 30th Street (2nd light, can only turn
30th takes you to the Coke Lot, Georgetown Rd, as
well as the North 40.
|WHAT ROADS SHOULD YOU TAKE?
1. Take I-465 to the west side of town. (I-465 is a
hiway that loops Indianapolis.)
2. Get off on 38th street and head East (back in
towards the city).
3a. About the 3rd light is Moller Road. Turn right
and head south on Moller. Go to the second light
which is 30th Street. You can't turn right, you can
only go straight or turn left. You will turn left. You will
be heading East.
3b. Or, Stay in left lane until past Moller Rd and turn
right on Georgetown Rd. Take this south to 30th
Street. Turn right for Coke Lot or left for North 40
The giant field to the south is the Coke Lot (Lot 1C).
Pull into this lot and park as far South and East as
Once you get to Georgetown road & 30th, you are
as far as the coke lot goes. You can turn right, and
perhaps find a closer spot to park, but hit a lot of
|EASY WAY TO PARK IN COKE LOT
Carb Day and Race day are heavy traffic
Rain can affect your decision when to go to
the track. It takes 2 hours to dry the track.
Indy cars won't run on wet track.
It is recommended that you leave by 9 a.m.
on Race Day so that you can get parked
and get to your seat in time for all the
The race starts at 12 p.m. local time
(Eastern Daylight Savings Time).
All other days in May, traffic should not be
an issue, so leave whenever you feel like it.
Track closes at 6 p.m.
Doesn't matter. Traffic is not a big
problem on the way in.
The Grand Prix only last 3 days. There are
various classes competing, so there will be
lots of action going on the track all day.
People will likely wander in all day long.
The MotoGP Grand Prix weekend features
three classes (800cc, 250cc and 125cc),
consequently there is almost always some
bikes on the track starting early in the
morning and lasting all day. Show up when
you feel like it!
Track closes at 6 p.m.
(There were 65,000 attending 2012 race.)
The Nascar race is 3 days. Traffic is not
as heavy as the Indy 500. .
Rain can affect your decision when to go
to the track. It takes 2 hours to dry the
track. Stock cars won't practice on wet
Track closes at 6 p.m.
|WHAT TIME SHOULD YOU HEAD TO THE TRACK?
The first thing to decide is if you want to park inside
the speedway, in the infield of the oval. If so, you need
to get there real early on Carb or Qualifying days.
Sometimes after they've closed off traffic into the
infield, they may find some additional parking spots
and open it back up. Once I arrived a half-hour before
race time and was able to drive right in and park near
the control tower. That is getting VERY lucky though.
You may drive your CAR, PICKUP, SUV, VAN, or
BIKE into the track, if they allow infield parking when
you go, which is almost always. NO RV's. You must
drive through a tunnel under the track to get in.
Motorcycles must enter at the south end at Gate 2.
I do not like to get up early! I hate to sit in traffic!
If you are like me, then you need to head for the
Speedway either before or after the majority of people
go, say 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. If your seats are along the
front straight, you may enjoy being there watching the
hours of preliminary and traditional things going on -
music, parades, etc. I usually get there at the last
moment possible to walk in and catch the green flag.
If you are an early bird who doesn't like traffic, getting
an early start may be the thing for you. The track
opens at 5 a.m. Arrive sometime between that and 7
and you may not have much problem. I'm not sure as I
haven't arrived that early in some time.
The police say if you arrive in the area by 9 a.m. you
should be able to get parked somewhere and to your
seat in plenty of time.
If you are caught in standstill traffic and are several
miles away from Speedway, I recommend turning
around and try alternate routes.
Make sure you have plenty of gas and a drink for
yourself in case you get caught in bad traffic. Go to the
restroom before you leave too!
You will not want to miss the start of the 500! It is
awesome! After the show of patriotism, you'll see the
33-car field driving by in 3-wide formation. I guarantee
that when they roar away on that 1st lap, you will get
goose bumps. Some people cry. Besides the
parades and the anthems before the start, there will
be a fly-over by the Air Force.
One year I had someone chauffeur me over at the last
moment. We drove right up to the corner of the
speedway and I hopped out and went in the track.
However, she could never make it back to pick me up
afterwards because all lanes had become outgoing
Some people park so far away, I can't believe it!
Do not worry about parking when you see people
walking along with their coolers. A good rule of thumb
is not to think about parking until you can actually see
the speedway! Those extra miles of walking carrying
heavy coolers will wear you out. And remember,
you've got to walk back there at the end of the day.
If you are sitting toward the south end of the track,
approach the track from 10th, 16th or Crawfordsville
so you can park close. If you are sitting toward the
north end of the track, use 38th street.
And last, but not least...
DON'T FORGET WHERE YOU PARKED!!!
Make sure everyone in your party remembers in case
you get separated.
Note: Traffic leaving is usually worse than arriving,
simply because everyone tries to leave at once, while
everyone entered scattered from 6 a.m. until noon.
Fortunately, the police turn many roads into
ONE-WAY streets to help get everyone out of
Speedway and onto the interstates as fast as
possible. Unfortunately, sometimes they may make
you go in a direction you did not want to go. For
instance, in 2006 I came out of Lot 2 and headed
south on Georgetown Rd toward 16th Street. I wanted
to go right. They made me go the opposite. They
controlled the traffic quite a distance away, and by the
time I was allowed to go west and catch the interstate,
it wasn't worth it anymore, and I just caught the
interstate further south.
If you don't mind missing the end of the race, you can
probably avoid traffic troubles by leaving a little early.
I hang out in the stands for an hour or two and wait for
everyone to leave. You can also walk around looking
at the vendor's stuff, have a cookout back at your car,
play frisbee in a field, or whatever, to kill a little time. If
you were to wait around for about 3 hours, you can
probably cruise right out with just light traffic. If you
were to get in line, you might be sitting there burning
gas for several hours.
If parking in someone's yard, I recommend trying to
find a spot along a major road and not back in the
middle of some neighborhood as it can be murder
trying to get out.
|Fans streaming out onto Georgetown Rd
|Motorcycles can park in a special motorcycle
parking lot located south of the museum. Motorbikes
must enter in at the nearby Gate 2.
RVs cannot enter the infield and must park outside
the speedway. See my Indy Camping page.
Bicycles cannot enter the infield, however there is a
secure parking area setup at the Dotlich Crane area
south of the speedway. Use 10th Street to enter at
Polco Street. The lot will be staffed at all times. For
more infor call 317-440-1181