Grandstand A runs along the outside of the front straight on the south side of the track, toward Turn 1.  

It has a view of the front straight, the pits and Turn 1.
Stand A & Penthouse A
The vertical lines you see in the stands are aisles.  There are two sections or boxes between aisles.
These Photos were taken from Stand A Penthouse during the 2002 Indy 500
STAND A is highlighted in Orange
Stand A dates back to the track's opening in 1909 as the first grandstand.
The current version was built in 1951; it was remodeled in 1989, 1999 and 2016,
when a new roof structure was added which is 17' taller than the previous one.  
seats were added to the penthouse level and elevators were installed.
There are two levels:

* STAND A is the lower level
* PENTHOUSE A is the upper level and has a roof.  It acts as a roof for most of the lower level.

Rows A - F

Rows G-M

Rows AA-CC
These front rows have no support struts to block sight lines.
The will be in the sun early in the morning.

Fat support beams will partially block your view

A new 3-row upper tier added in 2016.  Contains even further sight line disruptions.
Penthouse Features:
* Elevator access
* Bathrooms and concession stands
* Wheel chairs accessible
* Stadium-style chairs.
STAND A is divided into upper and lower boxes.

-- The lower boxes run from Box 1 to Box 31.         Rows range from B to T
-- The upper boxes run from Box 32 to Box 45.       Rows range from AA to VV   

Front lower rows, not protected from rain, but will be in shade in the afternoon.
Higher rows are protected from rain and sun.
Stand A Features:
* Aluminum bleachers with backrests.  
* View of Gasoline Alley visible for those at the north end of this stand.
My 2002 Indy 500 Photos  when I sat in Penthouse A.  
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The above photos are of the old penthouse level.
Penthouses in A, B and the Paddock were redone in 2016 and another tier was added.  
The photo below shows how they look now.