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May 23, 2013 | By Tom Surber
Race fans looking for the most efficient ways to avoid heavy traffic en route to the 97th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 26 are encouraged to follow the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s KNOW YOUR ZONE driving routes and parking program.
Fans should plan their routes ahead of time for an easier, more efficient drive to the track. In its second year, 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.
With the track opening at 5:30 a.m. on Race Day and the race beginning at noon, officials suggest fans arrive in Marion County no later than 8 a.m. to assure getting to IMS in time to experience all the traditional 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.
All infield parking for IMS Sunday Race Day oval events this season – the Indianapolis 500 and Crown Royal presents the “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400 at the Brickyard powered by BigMachineRecords.com – will be pre-paid, with entry by parking pass only. All prepaid permits or credentialed parking passes should be clearly displayed at all times to expedite traffic.
Race Day Turn 3 reserved infield parking passes are sold out for the Indianapolis 500. Holders of those passes are recommended to enter through Gate 2 (Tunnel 2) off 16th Street. As a reminder, motorists traveling east on 16th Street will not be allowed to turn left into Gate 2.
A limited number of Indianapolis 500 reserved parking spaces in the Lot 7 (North 40) parking lot are available for $25 each and can be purchased in person at the IMS Ticket Office, by calling (800) 822-INDY or (317) 492-6700 between 8 a.m.-5 p.m., or by visiting www.ims.com/tickets. Limited free parking on Race Day is also available in Lot 7 on a first- come, first-served basis.
Free parking will be available outside the oval for fans attending all IMS events in 2013, with access to lots from both eastbound and westbound 30th Street.
Vehicles traveling west on 30th Street from Lafayette Road will be routed into Gate 10 until the area is full, then westbound traffic will be diverted to Lot 1C (Coke Lot), west of Georgetown Road.
Vehicles traveling east on 30th Street from Moller Road will be routed into Lot 1C.
Recreational vehicles and buses, with the exception of those with proper placards or credentials, will not be allowed inside IMS property. Sufficient parking is available for oversize vehicles in Lot 1C.
Follow these recommended routes for limited free parking via 30th Street (Lot 1C and Gate 10).
From I-465: Use Exit 17 (38th Street) and proceed east (turn right form northbound, turn left from southbound) on 38th Street, turn south (right) on Moller Road, turn east (left) on 30th Street, the Lot entrances are on the right.
From Southbound I-65: Use Exit 119 (38th Street) and proceed to the Kessler Boulevard North Drive exit, turn south (right) on Kessler Boulevard North Drive, turn west (right) onto 30th Street, the North Tunnel Gate entrance is on the left.
From Northbound I-65: Use Exit 116 (29th/30th Street) and proceed straight past 29th Street, turn west (left) on 30th Street, the North Tunnel Gate entrance is on the left.
From I-70 West of Indianapolis (Eastbound): Use Exit 69 (I-465 North/I-74 West) and follow I-465 directions seen above.
From I-70 East of Indianapolis (Westbound): Use Exit 90 (I-465) and continue south on I-465 loop (turns into I-465 North), follow I-465 directions above.
Fans leaving IMS following the race should be aware that whatever direction they are sent, they will never be more than one to four miles away from a main Interstate artery. Officers will direct traffic in the quickest, most efficient way, and may suddenly change routes due to traffic congestion.
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. ISP will offer updates on traffic and parking on Twitter and Facebook.
Fans also can learn more Indianapolis 500 traffic tips at www.in.gov/isp/2967.htm.
A series of eight videos showing fans the best routes to access various parking lots from all directions at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 97th Indianapolis 500 is available at www.ims.com/how2park.
Each video features step-by-step instructions, featuring audio and Google Earth maps.
Fans also can avoid traffic and parking issues by using the shuttle bus service provided by the Free Enterprise System and Star of Americas’ Park-N-Ride Shuttle. Online advance registration for bus service from three downtown locations and the Indianapolis International Airport is available at: www.indy500parking.com.
No coolers larger than 18 inches by 14 inches by 14 inches can be brought into the facility on Coors Light Carb Day, Friday, May 24 or Race Day, which will be strictly enforced. These restrictions will also be observed in the Coors Light Carb Day viewing area and the Snake Pit on Race Day.
2013 Indianapolis 500 tickets: Tickets are on sale for the 97th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on Sunday, May 26 at IMS.
Race Day ticket prices start at just $30. Fans can buy tickets online at www.ims.com/tickets, by calling 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.
Children 12 and under will receive free general admission to any IMS event in 2013 when accompanied by an adult general admission ticket holder.
Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are on sale. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at (866) 221-8775 for more information.