July 25, 2012 | By Tom Surber
IMS Fans: Use 'Know Your Zone' Driving Routes, Parking Plan
INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, July 25, 2012 – Fans attending the inaugural Kroger Super Weekend on July 26-29 are encouraged to plan for heavy traffic and follow the KNOW YOUR ZONE driving routes and parking program recently established by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Fans should plan their routes ahead of time for an easier, more efficient drive to the track. The KNOW YOUR ZONE program is designed to help Speedway guests identify the best driving routes to parking lots located near their respective seating locations.
Fans attending the inaugural GRAND-AM Road Racing races Friday, July 27 at IMS will find infield parking limited due to the road-course setup that day. Fans wanting to park within the 2 ½-mile oval are encouraged to enter from 30th Street and enter the North Tunnel Gate/Gate 10. From there, they will be directed to park in the infield near Turn 3 of the oval.
The track opens at 6 a.m. Sunday, July 29 for the Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Big Machine Records.com NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Fans are encouraged to leave early Sunday to arrive at IMS in time to experience pre-race activities and the start of the race.
“All Roads Lead to Indy” driving routes have been created by the Indiana State Police and match KNOW YOUR ZONE colors at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
•Orange: The southern end of IMS.
•Red: The northern end of IMS.
•Green: Between the Orange (southern) and Red (northern) zones.
For more information about the KNOW YOUR ZONE program, including details about special ticket and parking packages, visit www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/knowyourzone.
Eastbound U.S. 136 will have two lanes of through traffic and a designated left-turn lane to northbound I-465 and westbound I-74. Westbound Crawfordsville Road will have two lanes of through traffic and a designated left-turn lane to southbound I-465.
IMS officials, INDOT and law enforcement officials want fans to be aware of new ramp configurations where Interstate 74 and U.S. 136/Crawfordsville Road meet the I-465 loop. I-74 no longer ends at Crawfordsville Road, as the former cloverleaf exit has been redesigned since last year’s race to provide safer, higher-speed ramps connecting I-74 with I-465. To view an illustration of the new interchange, please visit www.Accelerate465.in.gov.
INDOT encourages visitors to follow posted signs. On Race Day, INDOT’s Traffic Management Center will advise race fans for the safest and quickest route to the track via lighted dynamic message signs. Motorists who choose to exit I-465 or I-74 directly into Speedway should follow the signs to the new U.S. 136/Crawfordsville Road ramps, which are controlled by signalized intersections.
Drivers can learn the locations of work zones and highway restrictions by calling INDOT’s TrafficWise at 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or viewing an online map at www.TrafficWise.IN.gov. The Indiana State Police will offer updates on traffic and parking on Twitter: @indstatepolice, and Facebook at: Indiana State Police – Public Information Office.
Fans also can avoid traffic and parking issues by using shuttle bus service provided by the Free Enterprise System and Star of Americas’ Park-N-Ride Shuttle for the Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Big Machine Records.com. Online advance registration for bus service from downtown and the Indianapolis International Airport is available at www.indysportsparking.com.
No coolers larger than 14 inches by 14 inches by 14 inches can be brought into the facility during any of the four days of the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard.
2012 Kroger Super Weekend tickets: Tickets for the 2012 Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard can be purchased at www.imstix.com and through the IMS Ticket Office at (317) 492-6700, or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, or by visiting the ticket office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday-Friday.
General admission tickets will cost $10 for Thursday, July 26, $30 for Friday, July 27, $25 for Saturday, July 28 and $30 for Sunday, July 29. A four-day Kroger Super Weekend general admission ticket is $80, a great value for the ultimate race weekend.
Children ages 12 and under will be admitted free any of the four days of the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard when accompanied by an adult with a general admission ticket.
Reserved tickets for the Saturday and Sunday action also will be available at various price ranges.
Media Contacts: J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, (317) 492-6412 or (317) 750-9277, firstname.lastname@example.org; Tom Surber, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, (317) 402-1315, email@example.com
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