INDIANAPOLIS -- Beginning this year, camping spots will be available to fans inside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the IndyCar Grand Prix road race weekend.
Race fans can bring their own RVs or tents to camp in a designated spot.
Prices for camping will be $125 per tent spot and range from $150-$300 for each RV spot for the three-day Grand Prix weekend in addition to a race day pass purchase. There will be more than 200 spots available.
IMS President Doug Boles said at the announcement press conference Thursday that road racing is best enjoyed with camping, calling upon a trip he took to central Ohio where he went camping during a road race weekend and saw the passion for the experience.
"It is about families coming, it's about friends coming, coming in the night before the event starts and staying until the morning after it's over, they're cooking out inside the facility and really enjoying road racing the way road racing is supposed to be enjoyed," Boles said.
Tent camping will be available in two areas - the Woods Lot and Unser Lot. RV camping will be available in the Balloon Lot, the Museum Lot, the Woods Lot and the Unser Lot.
Boles also announced an additional spectator mound that will serve three views: The Carb Day Live stage, parts of the road course and parts of the oval.
Tickets and camping access for the INDYCAR Grand Prix can be purchased online, via phone at 800-822-INDY or 317-492-6700 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or in person at the IMS Ticket Office at the IMS Administration Building between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Children 15 and under are free to all IMS racing events in 2017 when accompanied by a ticket-purchasing adult.
**In a previous version of this story we incorrectly stated that camping will be allowed starting next year. Camping will actually be allowed for the 2017 season.