Unlike most race tracks, the giant Indy Speedway's infield is used for many purposes.
> It has parking areas for race fans, race teams and the media.
> There is a media center that holds hundreds of reporters.
> A road course was created in 2000 that runs through the infield and connects to part of the oval track.
> A dirt oval track in the Northeast corner was added in 2018.
FOR THE FANS:
> There are grand stands and grassy hills for watching a race.
> Some fans have a relaxing picnic in the infield on less busy practice days
> Giant music concerts are held there.
> The spectacular Racing Museum is there and they offers tours.
> Many food vendors and gift shops are scattered about.
> There is glamping and tiny houses for spending the night.
> A nice golf course that sits east of the track has 4 of it's holes in the infield.
> There are usually car shows going on.
> There is a midway with all manner of things to see and do.
> There is a Kids Zone with many fun things for children.
> Fans can access the garage area or the pits with special passes, or they can stand along side
Gasoline Alley and watch the cars and drivers go back and forth to the track.
> There is a Party Deck in the northwest section.
> There are many types of business suites for hosting parties.
And of course, all the things needed by RACE TEAMS are there, such as:
> Parking for their semi-trailers and motor coaches
> Fuel stations and Tire stores
|This photo shows the crowded Turn 3 infield & viewing hill during the 2008 Indy 500
The stand in the background is the Northeast Vista backstretch
|Turn 3 Infield Viewing Hill during Brickyard 400 not so crowded as Indy 500.
|Snake Pit Stage in Turn 3 Party Area - 2015 Indy 500
|Riding the People Tram - Better than walking!
|The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Infield
If you park in the infield, you can return to your car to fill up your cooler or
drop souvenirs off, etc.
You can save some walking by taking the trams that run around the infield.
They pick up people who park in the 3rd turn and run up the middle of the
infield and over toward the Tower, and then up to the museum where they
turn around. They also run outside the track to the North 40 parking.
You may also catch a ride in a courtesy van or golf cart.
Pedicabs are often available too. These are little carts that hold two people
that are pulled around by a bicycle. These pedicab guys rely on tips.
While the infield is very crowded on race day, it is a nice relaxing place to
picnic during other times. Bring a lawn chair, blanket or gazebo tent if you like.
Also little children enjoy rolling down the viewing hills.