Ladies and gentleman start your engines! That’s right, today marks the 102nd Indianapolis 500 race! Can you believe that the Indianapolis 500 has been around that long? If you are not familiar with the Indy 500 let me shed some light on this historic and iconic event for you. The Indianapolis 500 is held annually at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Drivers race 200 laps, counter clockwise around the circuit for a total distance of 500 miles. This race has always been scheduled on or around the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend and is considered one of the most prestigious events on the IndyCar calendar. The Indy 500 is also said to be one of the largest single day sporting events in the entire world! Another really interesting piece of information is that the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the world’s largest sporting facility in terms of capacity holding up to 250,000 fans!
Take the Raceway VIP TourEven if you know absolutely nothing about racing at all, I highly recommend taking their Raceway Tour. There are a couple different variations of the tour to choose from. Ultimately, I believe that spending that extra little bit of money for the VIP option is worth every single penny! The Raceway Tour is hands down one of my favorite tours that I have ever been on. They do a fantastic job of keeping things intimate by allowing only small groups to pass through each time around. The information was all interesting and relevant, and the staff was unbelievably knowledgeable and engaging. I visited the Indy Motor Speedway at the very beginning of May and was lucky enough to see some behind the scenes preparation for the upcoming races.
The VIP tour includes :
- One lap around the oval
- 1 hour and 30 minute guided tour
- The option to get off the bus at the world- famous Yard of Bricks where you can take photos and “kiss the bricks” just like the winners do after they win the race! THIS IS A MUST! Such a fun photo to grab!
- Behind the scenes access to the Media Center, Victory Podium, Panasonic Pagoda (Timing & Scoring, Master Control Room), and a full tour of the corporate suites
- Drive through Gasoline Alley and the Garage Area
- Self-guided tour of the Museums exhibit space where they have cars going back to the very beginning!
All of the information for dates, times, etc. can be found on their website: Indianapolis Motor Speedway Tours
The museum, tour, and facility is extremely family friendly and great for all ages! Ticket prices vary with the seasons but are very budget friendly! The experience itself was unlike any other tour I have ever been on in my life. It was just really neat to see how everything works, go behind the scenes, take photos etc. It really felt like nothing was off limits, which is why the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is on my TOP LIST OF ATTRACTIONS TO VISIT IN THE UNITED STATES. I am also going to try to make a point to come to the race one year! It is on my Bucket List! Helpful tip if you decide to visit and want the ultimate experience- try to schedule your visit around their time trials! It is free to come and watch and you will really be able to see what it is like to be at one of their races!
If you decide to visit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway let me know how you like it! I love to hear from you all! Have a great Memorial Day weekend and Happy Race Day!