Racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

“Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines!” is a much anticipated phrase here in Indy, but the racing excitement doesn’t end with the Indianapolis 500. We’ve earned our reputation as the Racing Capital of the World for year-round excitement. Follow along as we map out our favorite events.

RACES AT THE INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500

May 27, 2018

Indianapolis 500

This year’s running of the Indianapolis 500 is the 102nd and will again bring together race fans from across the country - and the globe. Known as the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, the Indy 500 is where the world’s greatest open-wheel drivers race for the coveted Borg-Warner trophy. Taking place at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the world’s largest single-day sporting event has something for everyone, from children to those who have been attending for generations. Whether you're continuing a tradition, or starting a new one, this is a race that can't be missed. 


Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard

September 9, 2018

Super Weekend at the Brickyard

2018 NASCAR action at IMS will culminate with the 25th running of the Brickyard 400 featuring the stars of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Red Bull Air Race 

October 6 & 7, 2018

The Red Bull Air Race returns to IMS for the season finale, where the World Champion of the thrilling series will be crowned. Experience full-throttle aerial racing on a unique course inside the iconic IMS oval designed to push the best pilots in the world to their limits.


Grand Prix of Indianapolis

May 2019

Grand PrixThe Grand Prix of Indianapolis kicks off racing for the month of May on the reconfigured, 14-turn, 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

MONTH OF MAY FESTIVITIES

Indy 500 Fast Friday Practice at IMS

Friday, May 18, 2018

Fast Friday

Enjoy a day at the track and witness all of the work and preparation that goes into “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”


Indy 500 Qualifications & Pole Day at IMS

May 19 & 20, 2018

Pole Day

Head to the track to find out who will lead the field of 33 on Race Day.


Indy 500 Miller Lite Carb Day Headlined by TRAIN

May 25, 2018

Carb Day

Kick off race weekend on the biggest Friday of the year with the final Indy 500 Practice, Indy Lights racing, Tag Heuer Pit Stop Challenge, and the Miller Lite Carb Day Concert, featuring TRAIN and Blues Traveler.


500 Festival Memorial Service

May 25, 2018

The 500 Festival embraces a very important holiday in the midst of its festivities – Memorial Day and a weekend to remember the sacrifices made by Indiana men and women who perished while serving in the armed forces.


Indy 500 Legends Day Headlined by Sam Hunt

May 26, 2018

Sam HuntCelebrate the history of the Indy 500 on Firestone Legends day, featuring autograph sessions, public driver meet & greets, and a performance by Grammy Award nominee, American Music Award winner and MCA Nashville breakout star Sam Hunt.


IPL 500 Festival Parade

May 26, 2018

500 Festival ParadeThe 500 Festival Parade is one of the original events produced by the 500 Festival and has grown to be one of the signature events in the US each year. The 500 Festival Parade allows spectators to witness the pageantry and larger-than-life floats light up the streets of downtown Indianapolis. Well-known celebrities, characters, bands and floats fill the streets to celebrate the world’s largest single-day sporting event. The 33 starting drivers of the Indianapolis 500 serve as honorary grand marshals, riding in rows of three, with the winner of the pole position bringing up the rear.

FOR THE RACING ENTHUSIAST

The Indy Racing Experience gives you the opportunity to feel like a professional driver. In the purpose-built Dallara chassis you sit behind the driver, while the rest of its form, including the engine, is a true Verizon IndyCar Series car. Feel the force of the 180 mph racecar as you take a Victory Lap around the track.


Take an IndyCar, pace car, or shuttle tour around the iconic 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway that welcomes 300,000 visitors each May. Inside the oval is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, housing memorabilia, trophies, and winning cars from the past century of open-wheel racing that will have your kids itching for a Matchbox car upgrade.

 

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