Sitting at the exit of a corner, especially turns 2 & 4, the cars are moving at their slowest. Sitting down at the end of one of the straights, the cars are moving their fastest.
Many people want to see any crashes that occur. Crashes usually occurr in the turns. It seems each year that there is one particular corner where crashes occur most often. This changes each year. Watching throughout the month of May and seeing where the practice crashes are occurring, is the best indicator of where trouble will be on race day.
It is cool to sit across from or in front of the pits for you will be able to see a few of the pit crews in action. If you get lucky, you may get a good view of the Start/Finish line. However, if you get in Row A of the Penthouse (Paddock, E, B, A) then you will have a beautiful uninterrupted view fo the whole straight.)
There are some good and bad spots in the Tower Terrace. If you sit up high in Sections 37-40, the tower will block your view of the south half of the main straight. If you sit at the far end of the Tower terrace, Section 79, seat 10, you will have an unobstructed view of the north end of the track as well a a good view of the main straight. If you sit in the top row, you can see the infield behind the tower terrace. Another good thing is that the tower terrace has backs to the aluminum bleachers.
If you sit on the outside of the track down the main straightaway and into the first turn, you may have a roof over your head. This has two benefits. The first is it protects you from sudden down pours or a boiling sun. The other reason is that these bleachers are metal and it creates an especially cool echo effect from the roar of the engines that vibrate the seats and adds to your enjoyment of the race. However, higher seats may have beams obstructing portions of your view as mentioned above.
There are huge TV screens at various location around the inside of the track. Generally they are viewable from most seats, but getting a good view of them is still a consideration. It is about impossible to hear what is going on over the P.A. system during the race, so the TV's help a lot.
There is a wheelchair accessible stand located inside the short chute turn 2. See 2nd map at top of page.
There are also areas along the base of the North Vista, Northeast Vista and Paddock area that are wheelchair accessible.
There is a maximum of 2 companion seats for each wheelchair space.
Handicap parking is also available. Click Here for more information.
There is no general admission seats on race day for the NASCAR Brickyard 400.
General Admission for the Indy 500 - There are grassy viewing hills all along the back straight and third turn. See Photos of Turn 3 Infield.
Hills to the south (by Turn 2) are alcohol free, intended for families and people who might be offended by the partying that goes on in the Turn 3 infield on Race Day.
There are also viewing hills in Turn 1. See map at top of page, the green shows where the hills are.
Indy 500 general admission costs only $20 at the gate - CASH ONLY.
Note: You may notice a lot of people sitting in the Turn 4 infield. This area is not open to the general public, but is used by families and friends of people in the pre-race festivities.
General Admission for the U.S. Grand Prix - There are grassy viewing hills along the east side of the infield track. There are also hills beside turns 8-10. See map at top of page, the green shows where the hills are.
Tickets are $60 and should be ordered in advance. These tickets are also good for Friday and Saturday. Race day only general admission is not available.
Sitting inside the oval has its good points. It is easier to access all the amenities inside such as Gasoline Alley, the Museum, and entertainment stages. There are always things to see in tents in the plaza east of the Museum as well.
If you park in the infield, you can return to your car to fill up your cooler or drop souvenirs off, etc. If you park outside the track, then you cannot leave the track to go to your car and come back inside as there are No Passouts
You can save some walking by taking the trams that run around the infield. They pick up people who park in the 3rd turn and run up the middle of the infield and over toward the Tower, and then up to the museum where they turn around. They also run outside the track to the North 40 parking.
Many of the stands that line the outside of the track are generally closed during practice days in May.