|Other Things To Do Around Town Related to the Indy 500
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The Gala is one of the city’s premiere events leading up to the Indianapolis
A highlight of the event will be a live and silent auction, featuring an
impressive and diverse variety of items in all price ranges. The auction
raises funds to support the mission to find a cure for paralysis and is the
foundation’s largest annual fundraising event.
The 500 Festival is a self-funded, not-for-profit organization that plans many
500-related events in Indianapolis. See their web site for details.
Here are several other of their events:
* Kids' Day
* Rookie Run
* Breakfast at the Brickyard
* Community Day
* Memorial Service
* 500 Festival Parade
* Snakepit Ball
This Party is in honor of the drivers who qualify on the front row.
Many drivers and crew show up.
It is by invitation only.
This party is on the Tuesday before race weekend
It is held at Average Joe's Pub in Broadripple
(Near College Ave and 62nd Street, on the north-east side of town.)
|Other Races Before The 500
|Thursday, May 24, 2018
At the one-mile dirt oval at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, Indiana.
For tickets, visit Ticketmaster or call (317) 927-7601
Advance Admission is $25 adult, under 11 is $10
Day of Admission is $30 adult, under 11 is $10
Parking is $5.
USAC Silver Crown cars will race at 7 p.m.
Indianapolis 500 Champions Bob Swiekert, Jimmy Bryan, Rodger Ward, A.J. Foyt,
Parnelli Jones, Mario Andretti and Al Unser are former winners of this race.
Friday, May 25, 2018
The 72nd annual race takes place at Lucas Oil Raceway Park
that is located several miles west of Indianapolis in Clermont Indiana.
|CARB NIGHT CLASSIC - THE RACE BEFORE THE 500!
|May 26, 2018
At Anderson Speedway located north of Indianapolis on I-69.
It is a paved 1/4-mile oval track.
Nearly 40 cars are expected to attempt to earn a starting position in the 67th Pay
Less Little 500 on Thursday and Friday.
Race day will feature 11 rows of 3 cars, just like the Indy 500!
On Saturday, the 67th Pay Less Little 500 goes green approximately at 8 p.m.
Tickets are available for $30 for reserved seating.
For more information, contact the Anderson Speedway Ticket Office at
(765) 642-0206 or visit their web page.
|MECUM SPRING CLASSIC AUCTION
3 pm Silver Crown Practice
4 pm USF2000 Qualifying
4:25 pm Pro Mazda Qualifying
5:05 pm Silver Crown Qualifying
6:10 pm Freedom 75 USF2000 Race
7:10 pm Freedom 90 Pro Mazda Race
8:15 pm "Carb Night Classic" Silver Crown Race
|INDY MOTORSPORTS MEMORABILIA
|Shop for vintage and used racing paraphenalia, toys, etc the day before the 500.
When: May 26, 2018
Location: In a building along the Pagoda Plaza at the Speedway
Information: Indy Memorabilia
Held on Monday evening, the day after the race. All the race teams will be in
attendance along with the Hulman family. Each driver is profiled and comes to
the stage to receive his paycheck as well as any special awards he earned.
Formal wear is the norm. It is televised on local television. In 2018, it will be
televised in Central Indiana by WRTV (ABC affiliate - channel 6).
Tickets are available for the public to attend the event, but sells out, so apply as
early as you can.
Tickets cost $200 and can be purchased by contacting the Indianapolis
Motor Speedway ticket office at (317) 484-6708 or on-line.
In 2018, the banquet will be held at the JW Marriott hotel in downtown Indianapolis.
5 p.m. Reception
6 p.m. Show begins
|Juan Montoya accepting check for winning 2015 Indy 500
|Race weekend’s most exclusive party, the Snakepit Ball attracts celebrities and
VIPs in town for race weekend. It is held at the Indiana Roof Ballroom on the eve
of the Indianapolis 500.
Attendees will walk the televised red carpet before enjoying entertainment, music
from nationally recognized entertainers, food stations boasting inspired fare, and
The event is black tie optional.
2017 Tickets are $325
Information: 500 Festival Snakepit Ball
7:30 a.m - Noon
8:30 a.m. -
Last Row Party
Race B4 500
Runs to Sunday
Rev is a fundraising party for Indiana trauma programs at IU Health.
Many local restauranteurs provide food.
DJs and bands provide entertainment.
The location is the motor speedway.
Tickets are $300. Saturday May 5, 2018
The Steak 'n Shake Carb Night Burger Bash is Friday before the race.
The 2017 event is at the Pan Am Plaza in downtown Indianapolis.
It is a Indianapolis Star Newspaper event and it is free to attend.
Steak 'n Shake will be on hand selling burgers, fries and shakes.
Some Indy 500 drivers will be interviewed and the show broadcast live
on the radio 93.5 FM beginning at 6:30 p.m.
There will be an auction.
All proceeds will go to the charity Basic Needs, Simple Solutions
The Humane Society of Indianapolis hosts an annual charity event at the
Speedway called the Mutt Strut.
It is held on the last Saturday of April.
You bring your dog(s) and take a walk around the 2 1/2-mile oval track.