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Anyone else ever been to the 500? Given it being a weekish until the race I figured I'd ask. Personally I think the 500 should be on everyone's sport bucket list, even of you don't like Indy Car. It's definitely worth the drive from wherever you are to spend Memorial Day at the Greatest Spectacle in Racing!
Never been, but definitely on my bucket list. Been a car guy my whole life. Pops dragged race around Midwest (mostly Chicago and Detroit areas) before I was born and for a time while I was very young. He then dirt track raced all over TN in the 70's. I have been to most of the southern NASCAR tracks but never Indy. Gotta get there one of these days!
"Bravely taking to his feet, he beat a very brave retreat." Sir Robin's Minstrels.
Carb day on the Friday before is definitely an experience as well. They're bringing a zip line to the infield this year, trying to boost interest I guess. If it's on anyone's bucket list I suggest planning a trip 3 years from this May! It'll be the 100th running and I'm sure quite the experience.
100,000 in Neyland is one thing, but 350,000+ at IMS just gives you the chills. Largest single day sporting event in the world.
FWIW, I HATE Nascar on that track. Brickyard is cool and all but just not the same.
Been to a lot of NASCAR races, but never been to an open wheel race. Would love to see one in person. My question is, how is the view at Indy? Seems to me you wouldn't be able to see the whole track because of the infield seating. Regardless, it would still be cool to go at least one time.
Been to 4 of them. Definitely an all weekend event. Saturday night before the race is reason enough to make the trip. I haven't been since they changed cars, but hope to make it back soon. There aren't many better ways to spend Memorial Day.
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Only way to will truly see the whole track is if you're towards the top of the Pagoda. When I go I usually sit in turns 1 or 4. Definitely suggest turn 1 and up 30+ rows. If you can get seats near the yard of bricks that is pretty cool as well
Went in 2006. It was on my bucket list and my manager just happened to take a job there. We sat on the inside just behind the pit and the view in front of us was great, but that's all we could see. We found this lady less than 1/2 a mile from the track that for $15 let us park in her driveway, use her restroom, and she also had tailgate food. She had give us her email to pre-arrange parking for the following year but I lost it. It was a great trip but I still prefer NASCAR races because you can see the whole track.
FWIW not all IRL races prevent you from seeing the entire track nor does all NASCAR races allow you to see the entire track.
I have been to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and to the 500, many, many times, over 20 years in a row, beginning in 1983. It's an acquired taste, and for me, began with me and two other UT buddies. At the peak we had over 20 friends in the fold, from Alaska, Atlanta, Wash. DC, Houston, TX, along with Ohio and a few other originating locations. We would descend upon the parking lot at the corner of 30th Street & Georgetown, and as much as we looked forward to that Memorial Day weekend, I'm telling you, by the time race weekend was over, it was a pretty welcome sight to see INDY in the rear-view mirror on the way out of town.
Memorial Day weekends eventually led to Pole-day qualification, to Bubble Day , and then practice days. I began fishing out gasoline alley passes, contemplated a Gold Badge for all-month access, and when the Brickyard 400 came to IMS I had another weekend of INDY to do.
I have had tickets in all 4 turns, inside & out, paddock, tower terrace, infield back-stretch bleachers, viewer mounds, up high and down low, just about everywhere you can sit at Indy.
It's an awesome place, and if I could have one wish that isn't going to come true, it would be to hear Tom Carnegie one more time over the loudspeakers, with a "Good Morning Brave Race Fans", or Heeeeeee's On it, or "It's new Track record"....
Awesome place, if you haven't been, it's a must-see, must-do, event. even without the Andretttis, Unsers, Mears or Foyts in the field of 33.
... Goosebumps just thinking about the hallowed grounds of the Old Brickyard...
This post was edited by GoVols664 11 months ago
That may be true but I couldn't see the whole track at the other IRL races either. The only NASCAR races I've been to have been at Daytona. I'll keep what you said in mind though.
The level of goosebumps I got when I read this is unimaginable. Sometimes all my dad talks about is Tom Carnegie and how the 500 isn't the same without hearing "It's A New Track Record!"
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