Race Day Advice: Come Earlier, Hydrate Heavily

Photo: Doug Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway President (center), advises fans to come earlier Sunday to ensure getting to their seats on time.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway president Doug Boles asked fans to plan to get to the track a bit earlier than they normally do Sunday. Increased security measures, including vehicles being subject to searches, necessitate the call for an earlier arrival. The forecast calls for a high of 90 degrees Sunday.  The Speedway is asking fans to start hydrating Saturday to prevent heat illness.

The heightened security includes checking every cooler, canine units at some checkpoints, and a warming that vehicles may be searched,  Uniformed police will have a noticeable presence at the race.

To help those who get uncomfortable, the track will have five cooling buses available. In addition, all first aid stations have air conditioning, as well as the IMS Museum. 75 misting stations in various places will allow some quick relief. Sunscreen is highly recommended for Race Day.

Gates open at 6 pm EDT for entry to the track. Exterior parking lots open at 5 am. Fans must have a purchased parking sticker to drive into the track property. Boles said the Speedway has sold out, but suggested some passes may be available online.

“Cars without a valid sticker will be turned away,” Boles said.

He reviewed the rules for items not allowed:

No glass containers

No wagons

No selfie sticks.

Coolers must be no larger than 14″ x14′ x18″.

Boles urged fans to have patience entering the track and when leaving after the race. Vehicles will not be allowed to exit the track until the pedestrians are out, he said.

Buses from downtown and from the airport are available. There are pick up and drop off locations for ride services as well.

The Speedway’s goal is that everyone is safe and has fun.

For detailed information, go to indianapolismotorspeedway.com/planahead.

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