IMS officials share important information for Brickyard 400 fans

SPEEDWAY, Ind. – The Brickyard 400 is this weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

IMS officials shared helpful information for fans at a press conference Wednesday. It’s supposed to be very hot on Sunday, so a doctor was available to talk about how to stay safe in the heat.

They also discussed a big change at this year’s event. Races are now split into three stages with two pre-determined breaks, and championship points are awarded to the leaders at those breaks.

The new format is causing drivers to adjust their strategies at each track, like when they choose to change tires and add fuel and when it’s safe to pass.

Fan Information for Friday

  • Gate Entry: Public gates are open from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The following gates are available for pedestrian entry and walk-up cash ticket purchases: 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 South, 9, 10A, 11A and 12. Open vehicle gates include 2, 7 Vehicle and 10, with cash ticket purchases available.
  • Free Parking: Limited free infield public parking will be made available until 3 p.m. on the on the South Road Course and North 40. All other infield parking is pre-paid, including Turn 3.
  • Paid Parking: Lots open for paid public parking are Lot 2, Lot 3G and Main Gate. Parking in these paid lots are $10.  The North 40 lot is a paid lot after 3 p.m. at a cost of $40. Parking in the infield South Road Course lot after 3 p.m. costs $50 and is pre-paid only.
  • Traffic Patterns: Construction at 30th St. and Patricia will restrict inbound and outbound traffic patterns. Please expect delays. It is recommended to enter Gate 10 from the west.

Fan Information for Saturday

  • Gate Entry: Public gates are open from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. The following gates are available for pedestrian entry and walk-up cash ticket purchases: 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 South, 9, 10A, 11A and 12. Open vehicle gates include 2, 7 Vehicle and 10, with cash ticket purchases available.
  • Free Parking: Limited free infield public parking will be available until 3 p.m. on the South Road Course and North 40. All other infield parking is pre-paid, including Turn 3.
  • Paid Parking: Lots open for paid public parking are Lot 2, Lot 3G and Main Gate. Parking in these paid lots is $10 Saturday. The North 40 lot is a paid lot after 3 p.m. at a cost of $40. Parking in the infield South Road Course lot after 3 p.m. costs $50 and is pre-paid only.
  • Traffic Patterns: Construction at 30th St. and Patricia will restrict inbound and outbound traffic patterns. Please expect delays. It is recommended to enter Gate 10 from the west.

Fan Information for Race Day

  • Gate Entry: Public gates are open from 10 a.m. until the checkered flag of the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400. The following gates are available for pedestrian entry and walk-up cash ticket purchases: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5A, 6, 7 South, 9, 10A, 11A, 11C and 12. Open vehicle gates include 2, 7 Vehicle and 10A, with cash ticket purchases available.
  • Free Public Parking: There is no free infield public parking on Race Day. Limited free public parking, including ADA parking, will be available in the North 40 Lot.
  • Paid Public Parking: These lots open for paid public parking: 1B, 2, 3G, 8, Main Gate, North 40 and Parcel B.
  • Smoke-Free Stands: A Stand, H Stand and the Southwest Vista are completely smoke-free on Race Day. Fans are encouraged to smoke at least 20 feet away from the grandstand if they are sitting in those areas.
  • Traffic Patterns: Construction at 30th St. and Patricia will restrict inbound and outbound traffic patterns. Please expect delays.

400 Fest Information

400 Fest is a new two-night concert event Friday and Saturday night, at IMS, featuring six global music superstars led by The Chainsmokers and Major Lazer. Admission to the concert is separate from admission to on-track action for the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 and Lilly Diabetes 250.

  • Gate Entry: Public gates for concertgoers are open from 5-10 p.m. No one will be allowed in the gates before 5 p.m. without a ticket for NASCAR track activity that day. Pedestrian gates open: 6, 7 South, 9, 10A. Vehicle gates open: 2, 7 Vehicle, 10A. Walk-up general admission concert tickets must be purchased at the remote ticket trailers at Gates 6, 9 and 10A, at $75 each. There will not be any walk-up ticket sales at Gate 2; please plan to enter the venue through the north.
  • Parking: All parking for the concert is on the north end of the facility in Lots 1B and North 40. Parking in Lot 1B is $20, and parking in the North 40 is $40 after 3 p.m. Turn 3 concert parking is pre-paid only through the IMS Ticket Office.
  • Cooling Bus Locations: A cooling bus will be available from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday behind the IMS Museum and from 5-11 p.m. Saturday behind the concert stage on Hulman Boulevard in the IMS infield. Several cooling buses will be located throughout Race Day behind the IMS Museum, behind the concert stage on Hulman Boulevard in the IMS infield and just inside Gate 9, adjacent to the Food Court behind the Northwest Vista grandstand. Seven cooling buses, in total, will be on hand Race Day.
  • Misting Station Locations: Permanent misting stations will be located throughout the facility, with temporary stations available in the Pagoda Plaza, Gasoline Alley garage area and in the concert area in the IMS infield.

Officials have also created a “Plan Your Visit” page that highlights detailed information about the entire fan experience.