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Indianapolis 500 Fans: Plan Ahead For Race Day

More IMS Parking, Tailgating Information

Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials are encouraging fans to plan ahead for their trip to the “Racing Capital of the World” on 2010 Indianapolis 500 Race Day, Sunday, May 30.

IMS officials offer two important recommendations to fans: plan to leave early for the track, and do not use 16th Street westbound in an attempt to enter via Gate 2, as 16th Street quickly backs up due to the volume of cars attempting to park in the infield. 

A very limited number of infield parking spaces are available and accessible via Gate 10 on 30th Street – the same gate where fans can park for free in Lot 7. Ample parking also is available in IMS Lot 1B (the “Coke Lot”) at 25th Street and Georgetown Road. A map of IMS parking lots is available by clicking here.

Fans also are encouraged to leave early and plan routes accordingly during the entire race weekend due to the major construction project on the west corridor of Interstate 465 in Indianapolis.

The Indiana State Police is advising spectators to visit its Web site,, to receive information on the most direct routes to take when arriving and leaving the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. A PDF file entitled “Traveling Tips to the 500 Mile Race” is available on the front page of the ISP’s Web site, and road conditions and construction updates also can be found at the site. 

Fans also can avoid traffic and parking issues by using shuttle bus service provided by Transportation Management Services (TMS) and the Free Enterprise System, Inc. Online advance registration for bus service from downtown: Online advance registration for bus service from the airport:

On Race Day, public gates open at 6 a.m., and the 2010 Indianapolis 500 begins at 1 p.m. For additional information, and a complete schedule of the events surrounding “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” visit


2010 Indy 500 tickets: Tickets for the 2010 Indianapolis 500, scheduled for Sunday, May 30, are on sale now. Race Day ticket prices start at just $20.

Fans can order tickets online at, call the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700, or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area or visit the ticket office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street. Online orders can be made at any time. Hours for phone orders and the ticket office are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday-Friday.

Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are on sale. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at (866) 221-8775 for more information.

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