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Indianapolis 500: How to get to and from the race

Posted: 1:17 PM, May 23, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-23 17:17:39Z
Getting to the Indianapolis 500, parking... and how to get home

INDIANAPOLIS — It’s time again for the Indianapolis 500.

As people from all over the country make their way to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway ready to catch all of the racing action, a game plan is a must for getting there and heading home. So, how do you get to IMS and once you’re there where do you park? And once the race is over, how do you get home? We’ve got you covered.

First of all, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is located at 4790 W. 16th St.

Unless you’ve already bought parking, all parking lots at IMS are sold out for race day. If you were lucky enough to secure a spot, remember to bring your pre-purchased parking pass, or you won't get in. And keep in mind that ALL vehicles entering IMS are subject to search.

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Infield parking lots open at 6 a.m. If you have a pre-paid infield parking pass, you must enter through either Gate 2 or Gate 10.

Exterior parking lots open at 5 a.m. It is all paid parking, both general and ADA.

Keep in mind, there will also be road closures. The following will be closed:

  • 16th Street will be closed on race day between Olin Avenue on the east to the 16th Street Roundabout on the west at approximately 11 a.m.
  • Polco Street will not be accessible from 10th Street at this time.
  • Georgetown Road will be closed south of 25th Street at 7 a.m.

To access the parking lots along Georgetown Road after 7 a.m., use the following routes:

  • From the north: Take 25th Street to Auburn Street
  • From the south: Take Crawfordsville Road to Winton Ave

Take a look at the directions below to help you to get to the track:

NORTH SIDE
Park in the Red Zone (25th Street)

Directions to LOT 1A, LOT 1B, LOT 1C, LOT 4, LOT 4A Premium & Gate 9A Bus Parking
From I-465:
If you’re coming in from the north side from I-465, you’ll want to:

  • Take the 38th Street exit (Exit 17) and proceed east on 38th Street (turn right from northbound and left from southbound).
  • Turn south (right) on Moller Road
  • Turn east (left) on 30th Street,
  • Turn east (left) on 30th Street,
  • Turn south (right) on Georgetown Road to the lot entrances on the left (i.e. Lot 4, Lot 4A, Gate 9A Bus Parking)

From Southbound I-65:
If you’re coming in from southbound I-65, you’ll want to:

  • Take the Lafayette Road exit (Exit 121) and proceed southeast on Lafayette Rd.
  • Turn south (right) onto Georgetown Road across from Lafayette Square Mall and continue southbound on Georgetown until reaching the lot entrances that are past the intersection of Georgetown Road with 30th Street

From Northbound I-65:
If you’re coming in from northbound I-65, you’ll want to:

  • Take the 38th Street exit (Exit 119) and proceed to the Kessler Boulevard Exit.
  • Turn south (right) onto Kessler Boulevard
  • Turn west (right) onto 30th Street
  • Turn south (left) onto Georgetown Road and the lot entrances are on the left

From Eastbound I-70:

  • Take the I-465 / I-74 exit (Exit 69) and follow the I-465 directions from above

From Westbound I-70:

  • Take the I-65 North exit (Exit 83B) and follow the I-65 directions above

SOUTH SIDE
Park in the Orange Zone (16th Street)

Directions to Main Gate, LOT 3G, LOT 3P and LOT 3 Bus Parking
From I-465:
If you’re coming from the south side using I-465:

  • Take the 10th Street exit (Exit 14) — and turn left from southbound and right from northbound
  • Turn north (left) on Lynhurst Drive
  • Turn east (right) on Crawfordsville Road
  • Crawfordsville Road merges with 16th Street at the 16th Street roundabout
  • Use the right lane & Main Gate is located west of Polco Street and all lots are on the right past Polco Street

From Southbound I-65:

  • Take the I-465 south exit (Exit 123) and follow the I-465 directions above

From Northbound I-65:

  • Take the I-465 / I-74 West exit (Exit 106), stay left while exiting and continue west on the I-465 loop (which turns into I-465 north) and follow the I-465 directions above

From I-70:

  • Take the South West Street exit (Exit 79A) and proceed north (turn right from westbound and turn left from eastbound) on South Missouri Street
  • Continue north through downtown and continue to MLK Street
  • Turn left onto 16th Street
  • Use the left lane after north Somerset Avenue and the entrance is on the left

WEST SIDE
Park in the Green Zone (Georgetown Road)

Directions to LOT 2, LOT 5 and LOT 9
From I-465:

  • Take the US 136 West / Crawfordsville Road Exit (Exit 16A) and proceed east (turn right from northbound, turn left from southbound)
  • Turn north (left) onto Winton Avenue
  • Turn east (right) onto 20th Street to enter Lot 2
  • Lot 5 and Lot 9 drivers will be directed from the entry of Lot 2

From Southbound I-65:

  • Take the I-465 South exit (Exit 123) and follow the I-465 directions above

From Northbound I-65:

  • Take the I-465 / I-74 West exit (Exit 106) and stay left while exiting and continuing west on the I-465 loop (turns into I-465 North), follow I-465 directions above

From Eastbound I-70:

  • Take the I-465 North / I-74 West exit (Exit 69) and follow the I-465 directions above

From Westbound I-70:

  • Take the I-465 South exit (Exit 90) and continue south on the I-465 loop (turns into I-465 North) and follow the I-465 directions above

Directions to LOT 6, LOT 8 and Hulman Bus Parking
From I-465:

  • Take the 38th Street exit (Exit 17) and proceed east (turn right from northbound and left from southbound) onto 38th Street
  • Turn south (right) on Moller Road
  • Turn east (left) on 30th Street
  • Turn south (right) on Georgetown Road
  • Turn west (right) on West 25th Street
  • Turn south (left) on Meyers Avenue

From Southbound I-65:

  • Take the I-465 South exit (Exit 123) and follow I-465 directions above

From Northbound I-65:

  • Take the I-465 / I-74 West exit (Exit 106) and stay left while exiting
  • Continue west on the I-465 loop, which turns into I-465 North and follow the I-465 directions above

From Eastbound I-70:

  • Take the I-465 North / I-74 West exit (Exit 69) and follow the I-465 directions above

From Westbound I-70:

  • Take the I-465 South exit (Exit 90) and continue south on the I-465 loop (which turns into I-465 North) and follow the I-465 directions above

Saturday’s Parade Impact
Before Sunday’s race day is Saturday’s parade.

There will be significant impacts on downtown streets with the parade. The following roads will be closed during the parade:

  • Meridian St. from 16th St. to Washington St.
  • Pennsylvania St. from 16th St. to Washington St.
  • Illinois St. from 16th St. to Washington St.
  • Ohio St. from Delaware St. to Senate St.
  • Washington St. from Delaware St. to West St.

With that said, there will also be impacts on IndyGo transportation during the parade.

IndyGo Routes 3, 5, 10, 15, 37 and 38 will experience service interruptions due to street closures.

And keep in mind that IndyGo will NOT provide service to IMS on race day. But, Route 10 does go close to the track, and it will remain on time (if traffic permits).