105th Indianapolis 500

Community Initiatives

The Community Engagement of the Indianapolis 500 puts fans first and allows them to show their Indy 500 passion and spirit, one of the biggest traditions that makes IMS the place Where Tradition Never Stops. IMS and the Indianapolis community have come together to offer many ways for you to be a part of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing!”


500 Spectacle of Homes

Exemplify the spirit of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” by being a part of “500 Spectacle of Homes!” Decorate your yard or home in race-themed fashion, host a safe and fun Porch Party, and show off your excitement for the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Sunday, May 30 for all of Central Indiana to see. You may be lucky enough to have an Indy 500 driver drive past your home! Learn more and register your home at IMS.com/Spectacle.

Kickoff to May

The most important month in Central Indiana is here, and it’s time to celebrate! On Saturday, May 1, raise your checkered flags high to mark the start of the Month of May and the countdown to the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. Be sure to share your images on social media by tagging @IMS!

#500Fashion

The best way to show off your racing spirit is by wearing it! Central Indiana residents are encouraged to incorporate racing and the “500” into their attire on the four Fridays of May, called #500Fashion Fridays.

Welcome Race Fans

Art depicting the most popular words you’ll see during the Month of May will “Welcome Race Fans” to Indianapolis. The Welcome Race Fans program has expanded to the digital art realm in 2021 as five artists have created “Welcome Race Fans” signs using the animated GIF format. These GIFs will be featured on IMS social channels, web properties and on-site locations during the Month of May! Keep your eyes peeled throughout the city, too, because this collaboration with the Arts Council of Indianapolis will see art displayed throughout prominent Indianapolis locations such as Shining a Light on the Circle and the Indianapolis International Airport.

Community Day

Indianapolis 500 Community Day was created to teach students in kindergarten through 8th grade about the importance of nutrition, well-being and physical fitness, and to offer a real-world perspective into the motorsports industry. Each year, we focus on bringing together drivers entered in the Indianapolis 500 and children in local Indianapolis schools. This year, in the days leading up to “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” drivers will take part in virtual Community Day activations at a dozen schools throughout Indianapolis, impacting more than 2,000 students.

Welcoming Décor

The Indy 500 Downtown Décor Invasion is a collaboration with the Indianapolis Airport Authority and Visit Indy to ensure the characteristic hospitality of Indianapolis is obvious for visitors during the Month of May. Beautiful signage will greet race fans at the Indianapolis International Airport and in downtown Indianapolis, including along Georgia Street, to rev up the spirit of the Month of May. Plus, we also work with the City of Indianapolis to rename downtown Indianapolis streets after the star athletes of the Indianapolis 500! Make sure you grab your photo with your favorite piece of signage and post it on social media for everyone to see by tagging @IMS.

Bike to the 500

For several years, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Bike Indianapolis have collaborated to offer race fans a safe and healthy commute to the Speedway on Race Day through Bike to the 500. This commute starts downtown and follows a police escort five miles to the racetrack, where cyclists will then park outside the famed Gate 1. This is as close as it gets to all of Race Day’s most exciting action!

Porch Parties

Porch parties have become popular in recent years and are an example of the intense community spirit the City of Indianapolis has for IMS and the Indianapolis 500. In partnership with the Harrison Center for the Arts, race fans are encouraged to celebrate the Month of May by hosting a smart and safe racing-themed porch party. Show off your IMS Tradition by making it a part of “500 Spectacle of Homes” and encouraging your local neighborhood to embrace the energy of the Month of May!

Milk Bottles

The best way to thank those who make the Indianapolis 500 a thrilling, unforgettable event is by giving the most Indy 500 gift ever. Commemorative milk bottles are delivered every year to various celebrities, VIP’s, civic officials, groups and organizations throughout Indiana that work tirelessly to support the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.