Affectionately known as "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing," and for good reason, the 2014 Indy 500 will once again highlight Memorial Weekend when it takes over the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 25. Defending champion Tony Kanaan will be seeking his second career win at the 98th running of the highly anticipated race, which this year will introduce a new two-day qualifying format comprised of three different rounds, May 17-18 and 22.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Seating Information
Attendees have a wide range of seating to choose from for the Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. As the name perhaps suggests, the general admission infield is located inside the track and is separate from the reserved seating areas. Those interested in purchasing seats can check out the map on this page to see what's available. Reserved seating sections inside the IMS wrap around most of the venue and the diagram itself is color-coded according to the respective area it represents. Note that in addition to more standard reserved seating options, there may also be the opportunity to purchase tickets for suites and/or pit passes. Be sure to read any additional notes left by the seller as some passes may require the additional purchase of an Indy 500 race ticket.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway General Information
While the Indianapolis Motor Speedway does include a list of standard prohibited items like glass containers and weapons, the venue does permit more than is typically allowed at other sporting events. Guests may bring inside food and beverages, soft- and hard-sided coolers (smaller than 18"x14"x14"), umbrellas, strollers, lawn chairs, folding chairs, and cameras. IMS staff reserves the right to deny entry and all guests are subject to search. Tailgating at the Indy 500 is allowed in Lots 7 (North 40), 1B, 1C, 2, 3 (Grass), and Inside Turn 3.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Parking Information
There are at least four parking zones available in close proximity to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The parking breakdown includes the Red Zone (Lot 1A, 1B, 1C, 4, 7 (North 40)), Green Zone (Lot 2, 6, 8-10), Yellow Zone (Turn 3 (Infield)), and Orange Zone (Lot 3 Grass, Pavement, Main Gate). Note that various sections are reserved for RV, motorcycle, and accessible parking. Guests are encouraged to arrive early to ensure a spot.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Gate Times
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway typically opens several hours before the start of the Indy 500. Contact venue staff in advance of the race for more precise and up-to-date information.