Shows photos of all the cars in qualifying order, along with the
name of the driver and the car number. You can find these in
newspapers and race programs or you can print your own off
this web site - find a link to it on this page.
Radio or Scanner with Headphones
The P.A. speakers at the track cannot be heard when loud
race cars go by. It can be difficult to follow the race without
headphones. Sitting within sight of one of the huge TV monitors
is helpful though.
Some people take a radio scanner that allows them to scan all
the frequencies used by race teams, the speedway, and tv
channels to communicate. These scanners are for rent at the
track. (generally priced around $30-40.)
I try to provide up-to-date frequency lists for those with their own
Indy 500 Scanner Frequencies
Brickyard 400 Scanner Frequencies
The Speedway does a good job keeping you informed of drivers'
speeds so you do not need a stop watch. However, I find it fun
to time race cars and figure speeds of whomever I want,
whenever I want. All I need is a speed chart.
Time a race car on a lap and then use the speed charts to
determine average lap speed. I have provided links to speed
Indycar Speed Chart for Indy 500
Nascar Speed Chart for Brickyard 400
If you park in the infield, you can bring a keg! But if you'll be
parking outside the track, have some coolers and ice unless
you want to buy beer. On race day, coolers are limited to
18" x 14" x 14". You cannot buy ice inside the speedway.
Glass containers are NOT allowed, so buy CANS!
A Frisbee or Football
Something to play with in the 3rd Turn infield grass.
If you're not Peyton Manning, you might choose a NERF in
case you hit a nearby Corvette or someone's little kid.
A Banner Stating Your Philosophy
Infield grass only. Banners and flags, as well as air-horns,
are NOT allowed in the stands,
You can park in the motorcycle parking, or, haul it down in
the back of your pickup truck!
Cut the top off and paint it a checkered flag pattern. A good
way of getting some attention in case you don't own a Harley.
You can abandon it after the race, or save it for next year.
Lawn Chairs / Gondola Tent
If you will be sitting in the infield, definitely take a chair.
You may need some shade too.
Little Red Wagon
These are good for towing large coolers around, or for
hauling your worn out friend back to the car at the end of
the day! But don't try walking in with them - must bring in
your car if you can get into the infield.
Charcoal Grill (no propane!)
Have a picnic on a grassy hill or tailgate by your car. Some
people even cook breakfast at the track before the race.
Don't Forget Your Race Tickets & Parking Passes! Some people hang
theirs around their necks in plastic sleeves. You will need it at the entry gate as well
as at your grandstand.
Cell Phone or FM transmitter Stay in contact with the people you came with.
It is very easy to get separated on crowded race day.
Cash The food courts do not take credit cards. There are some cash machines
Seat Cushion You can buy a foam cushion with a checkered flag design at the
track. Also, they rent cushion seats with back rests for the stands that don't have
backrests - they are not very good. The best cushion is a dense foam one that you
can buy at Menards Hardware for $4!
Binoculars See cars down the stretch.
Cigarettes/Cigars You can buy smokes at some snack bars
Zippo It is hard to light up at the top of the stands in the wind with a bic. Best to
have a Zippo!
Camera Guide to taking Racing Photos
Can Coolie Keep your drink cold
Sunglasses Check out what the race car drivers wear - they set the style!
Sun-screen & Hat Depending upon the weather, you may need an umbrella
and a poncho instead
Ear Plugs These can be purchased at the track for $2.
Coolers Are restricted on race day to a maximum size of 18" x 14" x 14".
On race day, expect all bags and coolers and purses to be searched.
Wet Naps These are handy when you're settled in your seat after you eat the
fried chicken or Cheetos!
Carrying Bag or Backpack Carry all the stuff, plus a place to put souvenirs.
Comfortable shoes You'll do a lot of walking as well as go up and down stairs.
Asprin, antacid, Contact solution, etc.
Small Towel For drying places to sit if it rains. Umbrella or Poncho
|Stuff to Take to the Track
|TOP 3 THINGS I MOST OFTEN FORGET - SUNSCREEN - SEAT CUSHION - CASH
|If you forget something, the Speedway gift shops probably sell it.
|Things NOT to bring to the Track
No Pets You may be able to sneak your pooch in to the infield, but don't try taking it into crowded grandstands.
(A few years ago, a dog got out on the track before the start of the 500!)
No Drugs The police will CART you off to jail.
No Glass Bottles Glass breaks. 'Nuf said.
No Fireworks or Firearms
No Propane Tanks
No skateboards, skates, golf carts or other fun modes of transport.
(Note: Beginning in 2016, you can ride your bicycle to the track and enter through vehicle entrance,
but you cannot ride them through the vehicle tunnel to the infield. Nor can you enter with the
bicycle through pedestrian gates.
|WHAT TO BRING TO THE TRACK