May 28, 2017 - Indianapolis, Indiana
Celebrate the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500! Your ticket to the 2017 Indy 500 is waiting for you at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway. There is no greater racing spectacle than the Indy 500! Explore the legendary "Brickyard" track, the track museum, and witness the fastest open wheel racing at this prestigious event. Travel to the Indy 500 as part of our VIP travel packages and enjoy premium Indianapolis 500 tickets, hotel lodging close to the track in the Indianapolis area, admission to the drivers meeting, track transfers, and more!
Memorial Day weekend has long been the home of the Indy 500. You can make reservations today to experience Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Memorial Day weekend 2017. The Brickyard is a must-see for every auto racing fan. Tour the track and be a part of the history of this legendary open wheel race.
Stay in Downtown Indianapolis:
Our packages include lodging at your choice the historic downtown Crowne Plaza Union Station, home to 26 authentic Pullman Train sleeping cars located right inside the hotel!
Visit the Hall of Fame Musuem:
A trip to the 101st Indy 500 wouldn't be complete without a visit to the Hall of Fame Museum. View the collection of vintage cars that have raced at the track throughout history.
Experience Legends Day & the Drivers Meeting!
Saturday at the track it's Legends Day including Rookie Chat, the full field of Driver Autographs, Vintage Car Laps, The Drivers Meeting, and legendary driver will be appearing for a Q&A.
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The History of the Indy 500:
The Indianapolis 500, known as “the greatest spectacle in racing” is the largest single day sporting event in the world, as the track capacity is around 400,000.This historic event is held annually over Memorial Day weekend at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway complex was built in 1909 as a gravel-and-tar track and hosted a number of small events before the promoters decided to focus on just one major event. The track was then paved with 3.2 million bricks, urged by principal owner Carl G. Fisher after several deaths related to the unsteady racing surface. The creation of a 500 mile race allowed the track to rapidly acquire a privileged status for automobile races.
Racing has come a very long way in the last 100 years.The first "500" was held at the Speedway on Memorial Day, May 30, 1911.The spectators of this race totaled over 82,000 and admission was only 1 dollar. Many of the drivers rode along with mechanics, who checked the oil, and acted as a “spotter”.The Indianapolis 500 has such a long history that many pre and post race traditions have taken place.One of the most noted traditions is for the victor to drink a bottle of milk after the race.This tradition started in 1936 when race winner Louis Meyer asked for a glass of buttermilk.Today, the American Dairy Association now sponsors drivers who sip milk in victory lane.In addition to getting a cold glass of milk, the victor also gets their face, name, average speed, and date of victory on the Borg-Warner Trophy.
What to do at the Speedway:
When visiting Indianapolis Motor Speedway we always recommend that you pay a visit to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum. The museum houses numerous race cars of all types and early manufactured cars built out of the state of Indiana. Admission to the museum can be granted to anyone traveling to the Indy 500.
Many other photo worthy sites at the track included the famed Yard of Bricks that is located at the track’s start/finish line. Another site to behold is the 10 level pagoda located at the speedway. The pagoda houses race control and broadcast facilities for racing events held at the track. The pagoda first made its appearance at the track in 1913 before being replaced in 1925 with a more modern structure.
What to do in Indianapolis:
Indianapolis offers much to do including shopping at local malls including Castleton Square Mall and The Fashion Mall, Keystone at the Crossing. Both options offer numerous outlets to make sure you do not return home empty handed after your visit to Indianapolis.
Other notable establishments in Indianapolis include Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts and host of the Final Four. As well a trip to visit Soldier and Sailors Monument offers a great photo opportunity near the centrally located fountain in downtown Indianapolis.