What you need to know about the Indy 500 before race day

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SPEEDWAY, Ind. (May 15, 2015)-- Fast Friday kicked off the second weekend of May race month activities. With the Indianapolis 500 right around the corner, FOX59 looked into what you need to know before you head to the track.

Race officials recommend you prepare in advance before you head out the door. Keep in mind, traffic will be busy throughout the weekend.

“With the new roundabout you need to know sort of how you’re going to get there, so just study that. We’ll have some in field parking, but not a lot so once that fills up, you’ll have to park outside, so it’s really good to know where you’re going," said Indianapolis Motor Speedway President, Doug Boles.

Parking is restricted on main roads throughout Speedway.

Once you get inside the track, know what gate you want to enter and remember it when you leave.

You also will want to pay attention to what you can and cannot bring inside. You can bring alcoholic and other beverages, as well as food. Glass bottles and containers are prohibited. All food and beverages must fit into a cooler size 14x14x18 or smaller.

If you'll be sitting in the lawn, you can bring blankets or a lawn chair.

There's plenty to do at the track for the whole family. If you bring little ones, make sure to keep their needs in mind.

“We brought the headphones because it’s his first time at the 500, so I’m not sure how he’s going to handle the sound," said race fan Kenny Thompson.

Pack what you will need for the entire day. Once you get inside the track, you can't re-enter with your ticket.

Pay attention to the forecast. Bring raincoats, umbrellas and even sunscreen. New video boards will show up to date radar and warn fans of sever weather approaching.

"Really make sure our fans really understand what that threat is, and if we think that threat is imminent, we might go so far as to ask our fans to shelter in place," said Boles.

For the race schedule and a list of events, click here.

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