Fan 101

IMS 101

There’s more than you can imagine to do when you come to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for The Greatest Spectacle in Racing®. Here are a few tips that will let even a first-timer enjoy Race Day like a pro.

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ARRIVE EARLY»

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01 - GET HERE EARLY

The Indianapolis 500 is the largest single-day sporting event in the world, and the Speedway has enough capacity to fit a handful of college football games. Gates open at 6 a.m. with a signature cannon blast, and you’ll want to arrive early in the morning to soak in all the race traditions. The pre-race spectacle starts with the Borg-Warner Trophy March to the Yard of Bricks at 8 a.m. and continues right up until the start at 12:20 p.m.

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SING YOUR HEART OUT»

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02 - SING YOUR HEART OUT

There’s absolutely no shame in belting out “Back Home Again in Indiana,” at the top of your lungs – this year, led by famed Chicago Blackhawks performer Jim Cornelison. Or, in giving our national anthem your patriotic best. Look at it this way – If you do miss a note, you’ll have 300,000 friends to back you up.

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COME FOR THE WEEKEND»

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03 - COME FOR THE WEEKEND

Race Weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. This year, Miller Lite Carb Day on Friday, May 26 features the Steve Miller Band and Barenaked Ladies live and in concert. And Saturday, May 27 is Legends Day presented by Firestone, featuring vintage cars on the track and the Firestone Legends Day concert with Keith Urban, Dustin Lynch and Clayton Anderson.

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EXPLORE THE SPEEDWAY»

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04 - EXPLORE THE SPEEDWAY

The spectacle isn’t just limited to the track. There’s a lot to see, especially before the race. So, roam the grounds. Check out the fan Midway that includes the Nerf Nitro Kids Zone, the concession stands, and the gift shops. It’s only a few hours, but there’s enough to keep your eyes and ears and social media busy for weeks.

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COME FULLY CHARGED»

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05 - COME FULLY CHARGED

Make sure your phone is at 100 percent battery power before you get here. There’s so much to photograph, video and share with your friends that you might even want to bring an extra power pack. Don’t forget to follow @IMS on Twitter, use the #Indy500 hashtag and download the Brickyard Mobile app!

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HYDRATE»

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06 - HYDRATE

If it’s a typical Memorial Day weekend, you’ll need to drink plenty of water while you’re here. Track vendors will have coolers filled with Miller Lite, Fuzzy’s Lemonade, Crown Royal and ice cold Coca-Cola, but make sure you don’t forget good, old-fashioned H20. You can even bring a cooler in as long as it meets the gate requirements.

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BUY A PROGRAM»

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07 - BUY A PROGRAM

This is your single best source for starting lineups, feature articles, race history and facts about the Speedway. You’re not just going to want to rely on it all day, you’ll want to keep it as a reminder of your day at the Racing Capital of the World®.

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VISIT THE MUSEUM»

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08 - VISIT THE MUSEUM

Come see how it all began. Visit the IMS Museum (between Turns 1 and 2) to see over 100 years of history and memorabilia. This year, the museum showcases A.J. Foyt’s legendary career, from dirt track racer to five-time Indianapolis 500 winner. There is an additional charge for museum admission ($10 for adults), but it’s worth every penny.

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DON’T MISS HISTORY»

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09 - DON’T MISS HISTORY

Don’t do it. Even to get a head start on traffic. You might miss history in the making. If you’d left the 100th running early, you would have missed Alexander Rossi coming in first on nothing more than fumes. Nobody wants to tell the story about how they missed that on the way to their car.

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RELAX AND ENJOY IT»

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10 - RELAX AND ENJOY IT

New visitors are often stunned at how well traffic and people flow in and out of the Speedway for such a big event. But with hundreds of thousands of fans, there will be times when it all slows down. So just relax, take a deep breath and soak it all in. It’s the Indianapolis 500. There’s nothing like it in the world.

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