Coming to the 500? Plan Ahead, Come Early

IMS president Doug Boles encourages people to come early Sunday, and plan ahead. Fewer than 10,000 tickets remain for the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday. 5-6,000 tickets are available in the north vista between turns three and four. The southwest and northwest vistas each have about 500-1,00 seats remaining. All stands on the front stretch are sold out.

Boles also said parking is sold out as well. “If you do not have a parking pass for one of our inside lots or outside lots, you need to start thinking about where you’re going to park.,” Boles said.

“It is going to feel like the 500 should feel,” he said.

Boles urged patience and encouraged people to go to

“We’re asking you to come early. The theme is Bringing Our Family Back'”

Vintage cars will be on track again with a focus on years ending in 2.

Boles addressed security concerns. There are 1,100 police on the grounds, some undercover. The Speedway also has air support and a third party security team to screen guests and cars. IMS has support from federal and state agencies. Boles said he is comfortable with the level of security for Race Day.

To help fans enter as quickly as possible, 21 gates with 220 lanes will be open. Social media will provide real time information on where the shortest lines are.

Shuttle transportation is available downtown and from the airport. Boles expects about 6,500 people to ride the shuttles. Fans who choose to bike to the speedway should use gates 4, 6, or 9.

With a sketchy forecast for Carb Day tomorrow, Boles said the priority is getting cars on track. The Pit Stop Competition may have to move. The concert will go on as scheduled rain or shine regardless of the status of track activity.