Indy Preps 26 Acres for MotoGP

Publish Date: 
Sep 10, 2008

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Indianapolis Motor Speedway says it is prepared for the Red Bull Indianapolis GP Sept. 12-14, the first motorcycle race at the facility since 1909, with a special parking and facility access plan for motorcycles and automobiles.

About 26 acres of parking, comprising more than 15,600 parking spots, will be dedicated to motorcycles at the IMS facility.

While motorcycle and automobile parking is available on the west and south perimeter of the IMS grounds, the majority of parking lots — both inside and outside of the facility, free and paid-parking — are on the north side.

As with every event at IMS, Red Bull Indianapolis GP fans should listen for traffic updates on local radio stations and pay attention to the direction of law enforcement officials, as traffic patterns can change.

More than 7,600 of the public parking spots designated for motorcycles on Red Bull Indianapolis GP weekend are free, with another 7,300 available for paid parking.

Parking "pucks" will be available at each motorcycle lot, along with helmet and leather check stations.

A large, free parking lot for motorcycles will be behind the North and Northwest Vista grandstands (oval Turn 4). Additional free public parking will be available on the backstretch of the IMS oval in limited amounts.

Free parking for automobiles will be available in the traditional locations: the "North 40" lot just inside Gate 10 and inside Turn 3 of the oval in the IMS infield.

Access to the free parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Additional paid parking lots for motorcycles and automobiles, along Georgetown Road and along 16th Street, also will be available. Four paid motorcycle parking lots are located on the west side of Georgetown Road between 25th Street and 16th Street. Two more paid motorcycle lots are on the south side of 16th Street just east of Georgetown Road and across from the IMS oval.

Fans that wish to park inside the IMS grounds should enter via Gate 10 on 30th Street. Gate 2, the main tunnel entrance off 16th Street and a traditional public access point for the Indianapolis 500 and Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, will be available only for credentialed and disabled parking. "The Indianapolis 500 and Allstate 400 at the Brickyard are the two largest single-day sporting events in the world, and we have adapted our experience and skill in managing traffic flow within the facility at those races to fit the needs of the many motorcyclists who will ride to the Red Bull Indianapolis GP," says Joie Chitwood, IMS president and COO.

Red Bull Indianapolis GP tickets are on sale for the inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis GP Sept. 14.

Three-day tickets are available online or by phone at (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area or (317) 492-6700 locally between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; or visiting the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Ticket Office on the first floor of the IMS Administration Building at 4790 W. 16th St. in Indianapolis from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Single-day general admission tickets will be available at the gate Sept. 12 and 13. The one-day tickets are $10 each Friday and $20 each Saturday. These tickets only can be purchased at the gates with cash.