May Brings Back Tradition in Indy

May brings back tradition in the Circle City. Whispers of “is it May yet?” will grow to a roar of screaming fans at the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500. The Greatest Spectacle in Racing is welcoming fans once again to the famed oval on Sunday, May 30. Here’s our guide on how to experience the traditions of the month of May in Indy, with new ways to engage with The Racing Capital of the World.


Planning Ahead: Health and Safety

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is combining the traditions of May with new health and safety measures to keep fans comfortable and safe. Here are things to know before headed to the track. Visit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway website to learn more.

  • Up to 40 percent of venue capacity will be permitted, totaling approximately 135,000 fans. Spectator viewing mounds will be closed to the general public with no Race Day General Admission tickets sold.

  • All individuals will be temperature-screened prior to entry with a contactless thermometer, and those with a fever or experiencing COVID-like symptoms will not be allowed to enter the venue.

  • IMS will provide all individuals entering the venue with a complimentary mask. Masks or face coverings will be required throughout the facility for all guests over the age of 4.

  • Fans must follow the seating arrangement designated by IMS, which has been created to allow for distancing. Distancing will also be enforced throughout the venue.

  • IMS will provide all individuals entering the venue with a complimentary individual hand sanitizer. Fans will be encouraged to regularly wash or sanitize their hands.


At the Track

Indy 500 Practice Days, IndyCARs in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

The excitement of the Indianapolis 500 isn’t limited to just one day. The excitement of the Indianapolis 500 isn’t limited to race day. Join in the fun at these events.

Practice Days 

May 18-21, 2021

See your favorite drivers get the zone with the Indianapolis 500 Practice Days. The athletes of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES prepare for Greatest Spectacle in Racing, pushing their cars to over 220 mph.

Fast Friday

May 21, 2021

Engines will get a turbocharger boost during this final practice before qualifying.

Crown Royal Armed Forces Qualifying

May 22-23, 2021

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

Miller Lite Carb Day

May 28, 2021

While the annual Card Day concert will not be held this year, the action doesn't stop at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The field of drivers racing in the Indy 500 will have two hours to make their cars race ready during final practice.

Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge

May 30, 2021

The day we’ve been waiting for! Thirty-three drivers. 200 laps. 500 miles. One bottle of cold milk.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum

With over a century of stories to tell, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum has no shortage of content and is open for visitors. Be a part of the racing legend with historic cars and unique exhibits, including Rocket Rick Mears presented by Racemaker Press. Add the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum to your weekend itinerary and visit seven other Indy museums and attractions with the Indy Attraction Pass.


In the Community

Whether you're enjoying the race from home, or headed into Indy to experience the moment felt across the Circle City, here a few ways to engage with the traditions of May in your community. 

  • Welcome Race Fans: Online, on your social media feeds, and around town, you’ll see the newly reimaged “Welcome Race Fans” art initiative. This annual tradition is taking a spin on the digital side, with all signage formatted into GIFs and created by local designers. See the whole collection here.

  • 500 Festival "500 Spectacle of Homes": The porch parties and checkered flags that nod to the Indy 500 are getting a boost this year with the 500 Festival’s reimagined AES Parade. The 500 Spectacle of Homes encourages fans to participate in the city-wide celebration by decorating their yards and homes in race-themed fashion, similar to many of the floats featured in the traditional parade. On Saturday, May 29, a “Reverse Parade” rounds out the celebration, with the 33 drivers forming a caravan around Indy’s downtown and local neighborhoods.

  • Racing Capital of the World: Downtown Indy is getting a makeover this month as local streets are renamed in honor of the 33 Indy 500 drivers! This annual tradition continues throughout Mile Square, so the next time you are downtown in the Circle City, you’ll be exploring a metropolitan design devoted to racing.