INDIANAPOLIS - Race fans are urged to plan ahead when it comes to getting to and parking at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on race morning.
It's the second year for the Know Your Zone campaign , designed to help visitors identify their driving routes and the parking lots nearest their seats.
With the track opening at 5:30 a.m. on race day and the race beginning at noon, officials suggest fans arrive in Marion County no later than 8 a.m. to assure getting to IMS in time to experience all the traditional pre-race activities and the start of the race.
All infield parking is prepaid with entry by parking pass only. All prepaid permits or credentialed parking passes should be clearly displayed at all times to expedite traffic.
Holders of race day turn 3 reserved infield parking passes, which are sold out, are urged to enter through Gate 2/Tunnel 2 off 16th Street.
Limited free parking on race day is also available in Lot 7 on a first-come, first-served basis.
Free parking will be available outside the oval, with access to lots from both eastbound and westbound 30th Street.
Vehicles traveling west on 30th Street from Lafayette Road will be routed into Gate 10 until the area is full, then westbound traffic will be diverted to Lot 1C, the Coke Lot, west of Georgetown Road. Vehicles traveling east on 30th Street from Moller Road will be routed into Lot 1C.
RVs and buses, with the exception of those with proper placards or credentials, will not be allowed inside IMS property. Parking is available for oversize vehicles in Lot 1C.
Drivers are urged to follow these recommended routes for limited free parking via 30th Street in Lot 1C and Gate 10:
From Interstate 465: Use Exit 17 (38th Street) and proceed east (turn right form northbound, turn left from southbound) on 38th Street, turn south (right) on Moller Road, turn east (left) on 30th Street, the lot entrances are on the right.
From southbound Interstate 65: Use Exit 119 (38th Street) and proceed to the Kessler Boulevard North Drive exit, turn south (right) on Kessler Boulevard North Drive, turn west (right) onto 30th Street, the North Tunnel Gate entrance is on the left.
From northbound I-65: Use Exit 116 (29th/30th Street) and proceed straight past 29th Street, turn west (left) on 30th Street, the North Tunnel Gate entrance is on the left.
From Interstate 70 west of Indianapolis (Eastbound): Use Exit 69 (I-465 North/I-74 West) and follow I-465 directions seen above.
From I-70 east of Indianapolis (Westbound): Use Exit 90 (I-465) and continue south on I-465 loop (turns into I-465 North), follow I-465 directions above.
Police will shut down some roads near IMS before the race begins. Georgetown Road will be closed between 16th and 25th streets at 8 a.m. Sunday. Police will shut down 16th Street between Georgetown Road and Olin at 11 a.m.
Also, 16th Street will not be accessible from Polco Street, which will be blocked at 10th Street.
Fans can also avoid traffic and parking issues by using the shuttle bus service provided by the Free Enterprise System and Star of Americas' Park-N-Ride Shuttle. Online advance registration for bus service from three downtown locations and the Indianapolis International Airport is available at: www.indy500parking.com .
Drivers can find the locations of work zones and highway restrictions by calling the Indiana Department of Transportation's TrafficWise line at 800-261-ROAD or online map at www.TrafficWise.IN.gov .
As a reminder, a new parking permit system means only Speedway residents are allowed to park on neighborhood streets.