A list showing the car number and driver name. Found in
newspapers and race programs or on this site
Radio or Scanner with Headphones
The P.A. speakers at the track cannot be heard when loud race
cars go by. It is hard to follow the race without headphones.
Sitting within site of one of the huge Jumbotron TV monitors is
Some people take a radio scanner that allows them to scan a
hundred different frequencies that the race teams, speedway,
and tv channels use to communicate back and forth.
These scanners are for rent at the track. (generally priced
around $30-40. Frequency lists sell for $5 if you have your own
scanner. Indy 500 Scanner Frequencies
Brickyard 400 Scanner Frequencies
The Speedway does a good job keeping you informed of drivers'
speeds so you do not need a stop watch. However, I find it fun
to time race cars and figure speeds of whomever I want,
whenever I want. All I need is a speed chart.
Time a race car on a lap and then use the speed charts to
determine average lap speed. I have provided links to speed
I have created them for you in versions you can print out. I have
tried to make them so that they fit on one piece of paper. But
since there are different printers, you may have to adjust it. To
do so in Windows, Once you choose PRINT, then choose
PREFERENCES, then choose the PAGE SETUP tab, then select
SCALED PRINTING for the Printing_Type. A SCALING box will
appear, change the 100% to something less like 80%.
Indycar Speed Chart for Indy 500
Nascar Speed Chart for Brickyard 400
If you park in the infield, you can bring a keg! But if you'll be
parking outside the track, have some coolers and ice unless
you want to buy beer. On race day, coolers are limited to 14"
x14" x 14". You cannot buy ice inside the speedway. Glass
containers are NOT allowed, so buy CANS!
A Frisbee or Football
Something to play with in the 3rd Turn infield grass.
If you're not Peyton Manning, you might choose a NERF in case
you hit a nearby Corvette or someone's little kid.
A Banner Stating Your Philosophy
Infield grass only. Banners and flags, as well as air-horns, are
NOT allowed in the stands,
You can park in the motorcycle parking, or, haul it down in the
back of your pickup truck!
Cut the top off and paint it a checkered flag pattern. A good
way of getting some attention in case you don't own a Harley.
You can abandon it after the race, or save it for next year.
If you will be sitting on any of the viewing hills.
Little Red Wagon
These are good for towing large coolers around, or for hauling
your worn out friend back to the car at the end of the day!
But don't try walking in with them - must bring in your car if you
can get into the infield.
Charcoal Grill (no propane!)
Have a picnic on a grassy hill or tailgate by your car. Some
people even cook breakfast at the track before the race.
Don't Forget Your Race Tickets & Parking Passes! Some people hang
theirs around their necks in plastic sleeves.
Cell Phone or FM transmitter Stay in contact with the people you came with.
It is very easy to get separated on crowded race day.
Cash The food courts do not take credit cards and the cash machines are few and
Seat Cushion For $6, you can buy a cushion at the track. Cushion seats with
back rests are also for sale and rent.
Binoculars See cars down the stretch. See bikini clad girls stretch out in the
Cigarettes/Cigars You can buy smokes at some snack bars
Zippo It is hard to light up at the top of the stands in the wind with a bic. Best to
have a Zippo!
Camera Guide to taking Racing Photos
Can Coolie Keep your drink cold
Sunglasses Check out he race car drivers - they set the style!
Sun-screen & Hat Depending upon the weather, you may need an umbrella
and a poncho instead
Ear Plugs These can be purchased from indivduals outside the track who sell
them for $2. Offer them a $1
Coolers Are restricted on race day to a maximum size of 14" x 14" x 14".
On race day, expect all bags and coolers and purses to be searched.
Wet Naps These are handy when you're settled in your seat after you eat the
fried chicken or cheesy poofs!
Carrying Bag or Backpack Carry all this stuff, plus a place to put souvenirs.
Tennis shoes You'll do a lot of walking as well as go up and down stairs.
Asprin, antacid, Contact solution, etc.
|Stuff to Take to the Track
|TOP 3 THINGS I MOST OFTEN FORGET - SUNSCREEN - SEAT CUSHION - CASH
|If you forget something, the Speedway gift shops probably sells it
|Things NOT to bring to the Track
No Pets You may be able to sneak your pooch in to the infield, but don't try taking it into crowded grandstands.
(A few years ago, a dog got out on the track before the start of the 500!)
No Drugs The police will CART you off to jail.
No Glass Bottles Glass breaks. 'Nuf said.
No Fireworks or Firearms
No Propane Tanks