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The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is one of the biggest and most historic race tracks in the world making a trip to Indianapolis a must for any diehard racing fan. You’ll find tons to see at the IMS as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum is worth the trip to Indy all by itself. The museum contains all kinds of memorabilia, and even cars, from the past making it a must-see. If the museum isn’t enough racing history for you, then the Grounds Tour has you covered. The tour lasts about an hour to 90 minutes and shows you just about everything you could want to see at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

While you can never go wrong taking in a race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, there is no better time to go than the Indy 500. The Indy 500 is one of the oldest and most famous races in the world as well as an all week party making it a great time to visit Indianapolis. Racing fans and Indiana locals go all out to celebrate the Indy 500, and everywhere you look you’ll find parties surrounding race day. Whether you party in the neighborhood or take part in the Snake Pit party in the infield, there is a lot of partying to be done at the Indy 500.

If you’re looking to experience the Indy 500 in the wildest way possible, then make sure to get tickets to the Snake Pit. The Snake Pit’s reputation as the rowdiest and craziest part of the Indy 500 dates back to the ‘70s, and you’ll see why when taking in a race from the Snake Pit. While you may not have the best view of the action on the track from the Snake Pit, the fun atmosphere more than makes up for the somewhat less than desirable view of the race.

On the other hand, those of you who are here for the race first and foremost will have a great time taking in the race from the grandstand. The grandstand offers an excellent view of the race, although due to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s massive size you’ll likely be unable to see all of the track no matter where you’re sitting.

In addition to being the home of the biggest event of the year in IndyCar, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is also home to NASCAR’s Brickyard 400. The Brickyard 400 is one of the biggest races on the NASCAR calendar, and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been the site of many memorable moments over the years including the start of the brick kissing tradition. You can’t go wrong attending the Brickyard 400 as you never know what will happen during this incredible race.

A trip to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a fantastic time for any racing fan, and there are several big races held here every year, including the world famous Indy 500, so don’t hesitate to start planning your trip.

Things to check out

Gasoline Alley

If you buy a Bronze Badge or have other credentials giving you access to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s famous Gasoline Alley then take the time to check it out. Gasoline Alley offers you the chance to see the cars up close and meet the drivers and is a can’t miss if you have the opportunity to see it.

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Gasoline Alley Suite

Those of you wanting to experience a race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in style will want to get tickets in the Gasoline Alley Suite. The suite provides you with not only an incredible view of all the action but also catered food.

Panasonic Pagoda

Snap a picture of the famous Panasonic Pagoda during your trip to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Panasonic Pagoda is one of the most famous structures in racing, so make sure to check it out when visiting the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.


Another time-honored tradition at the Indy 500 is the releasing of the balloons before the race. The balloons are released as the last note of “Back Home in Indiana” is sung and are a signal to all in attendance that the race is about to start.

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Kissing the Bricks

The tradition of kissing the bricks after winning the Brickyard 400 dates back to 1996 when Dale Jarrett kissed them. Don’t miss the tradition following the race as it's a big part of any Brickyard 400 or Indy 500, especially if your favorite driver wins it.

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“Back Home in Indiana”

The singing of “Back Home in Indiana” dates back to 1919. However, it didn’t become a pre-race tradition until 1946. Today the tradition is one of the most memorable parts of any Indy 500, so join along in the singing of “Back Home in Indiana” before the race.

Pace Car

The pace car at the Indy 500 is a big deal as not only is the car driven by a celebrity it’s also awarded to the winner of the race. It’s quite the honor to drive the pace car or be the company providing the pace car for the Indy 500, so don’t miss the pace car when attending the Indy 500.

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Drinking of the Milk

The tradition of the winner drinking milk after the race dates back to 1936 when Louis Meyer was photographed drinking milk in victory lane. The practice has been a part of every race since 1956. Don’t miss seeing your favorite driver drinking milk following his or her victory at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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Borg-Warner Trophy

The Borg-Warner Trophy has been awarded to the winner of the Indy 500 since 1936 and is one of the most recognizable trophies in sports. The trophy contains bas-relief sculptures of every Indy 500 winner and is a must-see, so make sure to stay for the Borg-Warner Trophy presentation following the race.

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Indy 500 Snake Pit

Located in the infield of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Snake Pit is the biggest, and wildest, party at the Indy 500. Inside the Snake Pit, you’ll enjoy a full out EDM party that no young person from Indiana would want to miss. The Snake Pit’s history as party central at the Indy 500 dates back to the ‘70s, so get your tickets to the Snake Pit if you want to let loose during your trip to Indianapolis.

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Indiana 250

Don’t miss the Indiana 250 on the Saturday before the running of the Brickyard 400. The NASCAR Xfinity Series race is an excellent way to whet your appetite for the big show on Sunday, so make sure to get tickets to the Indiana 250 to experience the full Brickyard 400 weekend experience.

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