Indianapolis Motor Speedway

located in Speedway, Indiana; it is the home of the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400. Built in 1909, it is known as the Brickyard, due to it being paved in bricks shortly after it opened, and it is generally regarded to be the most famous race track in the world,  it was also the the first track to be called a “Speedway”. The Speedway has a seating capacity of more than 250,000 people , with approximately another 150,000 people filling the infield for the 500; the total capacity rises to 400,000 (although the Speedway doesn’t release exact attendance figures, many people speculate that the actual attendance for the 500 approaches 500,000 people) making it the largest and highest-capacity sporting facility in the world.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis INThe track is two-and-a-half-miles long and is in a rectangular oval  shape. The tracks dimensions have remained basically unchanged since the track was built: four 1/4-mile turns, two 5/8-mile long straightaways between the fourth and first and second and third turns, and two 1/8-mile short straightaways, called “short chutes,” between the first and second, and third and fourth turns. Unlike many high speed ovals in the USA, the speedway doesn’t have high banking in the turns and is considered to be essentially flat.

A road course was constructed between 1998 and 2000, using the western and southern portions of the oval (including the southwest turn) to create a 2.605-mile track. In 2008, the road course was modified to replace the southwest turn with an additional infield section, for motorcycle use, resulting in a 2.621-mile course. Altogether, the current grounds have expanded from an original 320 acres on which the Speedway was first built to cover an area of over 559 acres. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987, it currently remains the only such landmark to be affiliated with automotive racing history.

From 2000 to 2007 the speedway also hosted the United States Grand Prix for Formula One. The inaugural USGP race drew 225,000 spectators which set a Formula One attendance record. In 2008, the Speedway added the Indianapolis motorcycle Grand Prix. On the grounds of the Speedway is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum, which opened in 1956, and the Brickyard Crossing Golf Resort, which originally opened as the Speedway Golf Course in 1929. The Speedway was also used for the opening ceremonies for the 1987 Pan American Games.

Location: 4790 West 16th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46222 Opened: 1909 Capacity: 257,325 permanent seats, plus temporary infield seating to make total capacity of approximately 400,000. Length: 2.5 Miles Shape: Rectangular Oval Banking: Turns 9° Straights: 0° Lap record: 0:37.895; 237.498 mph (Arie Luyendyk, Treadway Racing, 1996, IRL IndyCar Series)

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway Map

IMS General Venue Information


From the North
Take 1-465 South
Exit East on to 38th Street
Turn South (right) on to Moller Road
Turn East (left) on to 30th Street
Turn South (right) on to Georgetown Road
IMS will be on your left

From the South
Take I-465 North
Exit east onto Crawfordsville Road (exit 16A)
Follow Crawfordsville Road east on to 16th street
IMS will be on your left
From the East
Take I-70 W
Exit north on to Holt Road
Turn west (left) on to 16th street
IMS will be on you right
From the West
Take I-70 E
Exit north onto I-465 N
Exit east onto Crawfordsville Road (exit 16A)
Follow Crawfordsville Road East to 16th Street
IMS will be on your left


Parking for Race Day can be purchased by calling the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Ticket office at 317.492.6700 or 1-800-822-INDY

Box Office Numbers

Phone: 317.492.6700 or 1-800-822-4639

Box Office Hours

May 3 – May 7 8 am to 5pm
May 8 – May 9 10am to 3pm
May 10 – May 28 8 am to 6pm
May 29 – 8 am to 5pm
May 30 – 6 am to 1pm

Will Call

Account holders may pick up tickets on hold for the 2010 Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Ticket Office during event or regular business hours. The account holder is required to show both a government issued photo ID and the credit card used in purchase.
Will Call Satellite Locations – Open Race Weekend ONLY
Located outside the facility at Gates 3, 6, 9, 10.

Accessible Seating

Reservations for Disabled Seating (Wheelchair Accessible) areas may be made by calling the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (800) 822-4639. Parking is provided in close proximity to the assigned seat location on a first-come, first-served basis.

General Rules

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway strives to provide a fun, exciting, and safe experience for race guests of all ages. The following regulations are in place to help make your visit enjoyable. Please note : all items brought through the gate are subject to search and removal or disposal of any prohibited item will be the sole responsibility of the fan.
IMS reserves the right to revoke any guests’ privileges to remain on the Speedway premises if, it in its sole discretion, believes that a violation of this regulation has occurred.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway reserves the right to change these regulations at any time.
Compliance with all local, state, and federal laws is required.
Weapons, including firearms and ammunition, of any kind are not permitted (unless in the possession of a duly authorized law enforcement officer). Fireworks and flares are not allowed.
Coolers are permitted but size is restricted to no larger than 14″ x 14″ x 14″; coolers may be hard- or soft-sided.
Purses, backpacks, and other bags are permitted. Size is not to exceed 14″ x 14″ x 14″.
Food and beverages are permitted, but no glass containers of any kind are allowed.
Binoculars, scanners and cameras (including cases) are allowed inside the Speedway .
Camera stands (tripods, monopods, etc.) are allowed on the grounds as long as they do not cause safety hazard nor obstruct the view of others; such equipment is not to be used in the stands.
Strollers, lawn chairs and folding camping chairs are allowed. Such items are not permitted in the stands and IMS does not provide storage or safekeeping.
Umbrellas are permitted and may be used as long as the user does not obstruct the view of others and takes sole responsibility for their safe use.
Carts and wagons are allowed every day except Race Day . Use of carts and wagons may be restricted in some areas.
Mobility aids used by guests with disabilities are permitted. Guests are responsible for securing unattended wheelchairs and scooters. The Speedway reserves the right to restrict any device based on size or other consideration.
Animals, other than law enforcement dogs and assistance animals for the disabled (e.g.: Seeing Eye dogs) are not allowed.
Roller blades, skateboards, skates, scooters and bicycles are not permitted in the facility.
Golf carts are reserved for the exclusive use of officials or representatives of I.M.S., IRL, and permitted race participants and then only for business purposes. All golf carts must be pre-approved and pre-registered with the Speedway and no personal golf carts are permitted.
No scaffolding or other structures are allowed.
Any other items not mentioned that may pose a safety hazard or diminish the enjoyment of the event by others are not permitted.
Handbills, leaflets, flyers, pamphlets and samples of any kind are not to be distributed or placed on the grounds without the express written approval of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Scalping of tickets or the sale of any merchandise without the express written approval of IMS is not permitted on Speedway property.
Personal items brought to the Speedway are the sole responsibility of their owner and the owner assumes the risk of their loss or damage.

Children Rules

All children age 5 and under are admitted to grounds without charge EXCEPT FOR RACE DAY when all persons, regardless of age, must have a reserved seat ticket for admission to seating areas.


Tailgating is permitted in the North 40 (lot north of track, off 30th Street) and 3rd Turn parking areas. Grilling is allowed on small portable grills. No dumping of charcoal or ashes is allowed.
Portable shelters (i.e.: E-Z Up shelters) no larger than 10′ x 10′ are allowed in designated tailgating areas. They must be set up behind vehicle, not taking another parking spot or hindering vehicle or pedestrian travel areas. Shelters must be secured to the vehicle.
Motor Vehicles:
Trucks larger than 1 ton are not permitted to enter the infield. Camper shells may not exceed cab height by more than 12″.
Vans larger than 15-passenger are not permitted on the grounds unless prior authorization has been received from the Safety Office.
There is no public motor home or RV parking in the infield.
Buses are not permitted in the infield without prior authorization from the Safety Office.

Limousines and taxis are not allowed to park in the infield without prior authorization from the Safety Office. Such vehicles are allowed to enter Gate 2 to drop off and pick up passengers in front of the Museum on practice days only.
Guests with motorcycles are permitted to enter Gate 2 and proceed directly to the motorcycle lot located behind the South Terrace Grandstands during the Indianapolis 500.
Mopeds and motors-scooters are not permitted to be used on the Speedway premises without IMS permission. Mopeds or motor-scooters used to transport guests to and from the premises shall be treated the same as motorcycles.
At all times vehicles on IMS property shall be operated in a safe courteous manner, based on current conditions, at speeds not to exceed 20 mph. IMS is not responsible for damage or personal injury caused by or to vehicles that are not owned or operated by IMS or its authorized representatives.


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