Indianapolis Motor Speedway president Doug Boles outlined plans for Sunday’s 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 this morning. He addressed attendance, arriving at the track Sunday, and the weather. His message: come early.
Boles anticipated attendance to be similar to what it was in 2018. “The walkup sales could make it a bit better,” he said. He added that the walkup tickets are weather dependent.
Safety Checks at Gates
Boles encouraged everyone to arrive by 10-10:30 so that fans can be seated for the pre-race ceremonies. There will be a special ceremony honoring Mario Andretti on the 50th anniversary of his 1969 win in the 500.
If it seems as if the line is moving slowly, it is because the bag checks are to ensure everyone’s safety, Boles said. The earlier you get to the track, the faster the lines will move.
Boles encouraged fans who sit north of A stand to walk up Georgetown Road to one of the gates rather than use Gate 1. The goal is to reduce congestion at the main gate. There will be signs directing people to Gates 5 and 6 on Georgetown as well as PA announcements and staff to help people find a less congested entry.
Parking lots will open at 5 am. Gates to the track open at 6.
Boles emphasized that Drones are not allowed.
Boles encouraged fans to have a safety plan in place in the event of lightning. Umbrellas are okay to bring to the track. The Speedway will continuously monitor the weather, but no race decisions will be made before Sunday morniung. An NWS meteorologist is on site.
The current forecast calls for a slight chance of early morning rain and then a better chance after 2pm. The race may be declared over after 101 laps have been completed.
“We’ll start when the track is dry,” Boles said. The NTT Indycar series is unlikely to move up the start of the race.
Infield Parking Sold Out
If you do not have an infield parking pass and take 16th street to the track, stay in the far left hand lane. The two right hand lanes will be only for pass holders to enter the Speedway. It is always a good idea to have a parking spot reserved in advanced somewhere.
Boles said after the race there will be pedestrian traffic on Georgetown Road and the will not begin releasing cars from the lots for 45 minutes to an hour.
ADA parking is also sold out.
If there are weather delays, Boles thinks the latest the race could start would be around 6. He would like fans to able to leave the track before it gets dark.
Race decisions will be made by the series in consultation with the track.
The green flag is at 12:45.