1. Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum is a must-see for any racing fan. The museum features race cars from a variety of series including Indy Car, NASCAR, Formula One, and much more as well as lots of artifacts from racing history. If you’re a diehard racing fan, then the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum should be on your bucket list so plan your trip to Indianapolis today.
2. 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.
3. IPL 500 Festival Parade
The IPL 500 Festival Parade is one of the longest running traditions surrounding the Indy 500 as well as one of the premier parades in the country. The parade takes place the night before the Indy 500 and features floats, celebrities, costumed characters, and much more making it a must-see for any traveling to Indianapolis for the race.
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.
5. 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.
6. "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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. Grounds Tours
During your trip to Indianapolis make sure to take a Grounds Tour of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The tour last about an hour to an hour and a half and departs from the Hall of Fame Museum at 9:30 am, 11:15 am, 1:15 pm, and 3:00 pm. No trip to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is complete without taking the Grounds Tour making it a must for any taking in a race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
10. 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.