The 108th Indianapolis 500

Get ready to rev your engines and feel the adrenaline rush because the countdown to the 108th Indianapolis 500 is officially on! On May 26, the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway will come alive with the thunderous roar of engines and the excitement of one of the world’s greatest races. But the action doesn’t stop there – leading up to race day, Indianapolis hosts a series of electrifying events that will thrill fans of all ages.

From a thrilling pit stop competition and a high-energy music concert to opportunities for driver autographs, the Indianapolis 500 promises non-stop entertainment and unforgettable experiences. Gear up for a weekend filled with speed, spectacle, and the spirit of competition as we celebrate the pinnacle of motorsports in the heart of Indiana.

Indianapolis 500, 2024 Season

You can learn more about the 2024 Indianapolis 500 event schedule on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s website.

Practice and Qualifications

Fans can watch practice and fierce qualifying races from May 14 to May 20. Enjoy the sights and sounds of May at the Brickyard while seeing your favorite drivers prepare for the 500 miles to glory.

Miller Lite Carb Day

On Friday, May 24, cheer on the famous Indy 500 pitstop challenge and party at a high-octane rock concert.

Legends Day

Saturday, May 25 is Legends Day. Don’t miss your chance to get autographs from your favorite drivers participating in the 108th Indianapolis 500. Plus, your favorite Indy 500 veterans will have an autograph session of their own!

The full field autograph session in Pagoda Plaza includes all 33 starting drivers for the 108th Indy 500. Race fans can select one table and receive autographs from all three drivers at that table. Lines will close once they reach maximum occupancy, so make sure to arrive early!

Wristbands for the veteran driver autograph session will be distributed at this time.

Snake Pit

The Coors Light Snake Pit is the ultimate party in motorsports with performances by electronic dance music artists. The party begins early in the morning on May 26 before the race.

Indy 500 Race

All the excitement is leading to the unforgettable thrill of the Indianapolis 500 on May 26, where 33 drivers will blaze 200 laps and 500 miles at incredible, pulse-pounding speeds.

checkered race flag in hand

Tips to Plan for the Indy 500

Here are some helpful tips for planning your Indy 500 experience, whether you’re from Indianapolis or visiting the city.

Book Accommodations Early.

The Indianapolis 500 attracts a massive influx of visitors to the city. Secure your accommodations well in advance to ensure you have a place to stay during the race weekend.

Purchase Tickets in Advance.

Tickets for the Indianapolis 500 sell out quickly, so it’s advisable to purchase them well ahead of time. Consider the seating options and amenities available to find the best fit for your race day experience.

Plan Your Transportation.

Traffic around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway can be heavy on race day. Consider using public transportation, shuttles, or ride-sharing services to avoid parking hassles and long delays.

Check the Weather Forecast.

Indiana weather can be unpredictable in May. Keep an eye on the weather forecast leading up to race day and prepare accordingly with appropriate attire and supplies.

Arrive Early.

Race day festivities begin early in the morning, and gates typically open several hours before the race. Arriving early allows you to explore the infield, participate in pre-race activities, and secure a prime viewing spot for the race.

Stay Hydrated and Sun Protected.

May in Indianapolis can be hot and sunny. Bring plenty of water, sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses to stay comfortable and protected from the sun during the race.

Familiarize Yourself with Track Regulations.

Review the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s guest rules and regulations regarding prohibited items, parking restrictions, and facility guidelines to ensure a smooth and enjoyable race day experience.

Explore Race Weekend Events.

Beyond the race itself, Indianapolis hosts a variety of events and activities leading up to the Indianapolis 500. Check out concerts, autograph sessions, and other festivities happening around the city to make the most of your race weekend.

Have a Plan for Post-Race Traffic.

After the race ends, traffic leaving the Indianapolis Motor Speedway can be congested. Consider staying for post-race concerts or activities to avoid the rush, or plan alternative routes to navigate your way home.

Embrace the Atmosphere.

The Indianapolis 500 is more than just a race – it’s an experience filled with excitement, tradition, and camaraderie. Take in the sights, sounds, and energy of race day and celebrate this iconic event with fellow fans from around the world.