Grandstand A at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is along the outside of the front
straight toward Turn 1.  

It has a view of the front straight, the pits and Turn 1.

View Photos from my Penthouse A seats at the 2002 Indy 500
Stand A & Penthouse A
The vertical lines you see in the stands are aisles.  There are two sections or boxes between aisles.
These Photos were taken from Stand A Penthouse during the 2002 Indy 500
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STAND A is highlighted in Orange
Stand A dates back to the track's opening in 1909 as the first grandstand.
The current version was built in 1951; it was remodeled in 1989, 1999 and 2016.
Stand A has two levels:

PENTHOUSE A - upper deck, and STAND A - lower deck
The Penthouse level has a roof.
The Penthouse acts as a roof for the back upper half of STAND A.

Each of these may be divided further:

Rows A - F
Rows G-M
Rows AA-CC
The front rows that have no support struts to block sight lines.  Will be in the sun early in the day.
Fat support beams will partially block your view
A new 3-row upper tier added in 2016.  Contains even further sight line disruptions.
Notes: Elevators were installed in 2016 and some seating was made available for wheel chairs.
The bleachers were replaced with stadium-style chairs.
There are bathrooms and concession stands up there.
STAND A is divided into Lower Boxes and Upper Boxes.
-- The lower boxes run from Box 1 to Box 31.          Rows range from B to T
-- The upper boxes run from Box 32 to Box 45.       Rows range from AA to VV   

Front lower rows, not protected from rain, but will be in shade later in the afternoon.
Higher rows are protected from rain.  Only top half protected from morning sun.
Notes: Aluminum bleachers with backrests.  
View of Gasoline Alley and the Giant TV there is visible for those at the north end of this stand.
Photo-journals from when I sat in these stands:

Penthouse A:
INDY 500  -  2002  ,