Know before you go: the 107th running of the Indy 500

The “greatest spectacle in racing” is fast approaching — so we’re sharing everything you need to know before you go to the Indy 500.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway at sunset

IMS looking like a snack — we mean track.

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Ladies and gentlemen, the 107th running of the Indianapolis 500 is almost here.

To help you enjoy the sights and sounds of the greatest spectacle in racing on Sunday, May 28, we’re sharing everything you need to know before you go.

Getting there

To avoid the stress, it’s best to get there early. The gates open at IMS at 6 a.m. and will remain open until 4 p.m. The green flag will start the race at 12:45 p.m.

Pro tip: race fans should plan on arriving at the gate closest to their seating location by 10 a.m. Get directions.

If you plan to park at the track, you must have a race day parking pass purchased in advance. Unfortunately, parking lot passes are sold out at this point.

If you don’t have a parking pass — or just don’t want to deal with driving — race day shuttle passes are still available. You can take the shuttle either from the Indianapolis International Airport or from downtown. Both shuttle passes are $50, while supplies last.

Want to avoid sitting in traffic + parking? You can also Bike to the 500. Bike Indianapolis is organizing a ride to ensure bikers have a safe ride to the event and secure bike parking. Check in starts at 7:30 a.m. at The Amp (1220 Waterway Blvd.) and will depart at 9:30 a.m. Tickets are $25 and support Bike Indianapolis’ mission.


  • You can bring your own food and drinks to the race, but coolers must be no larger than 18”x14”x15” (they can be hard or soft sided) + glass containers will not be permitted.
  • Personal cameras are allowed, but not in concert areas + you can bring a tripod as long as it doesn’t cause a safety hazard or obstruct the view of others.
  • Smoking will not be permitted in the grandstands but is allowed in the infield.

Get more answers to your questions.