INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials have announced additional security measures beginning with Friday’s Carb Day as United States Vice President Mike Pence and his wife will be attending Sunday’s 101st Indianapolis 500.
No pedestrian traffic will be allowed through gate four beginning with Carb Day and running through race day.
“The Vice President is a Hoosier, he grew up here, and it’s a family tradition for him and his family to attend the race,” said IMS President Doug Boles. “He will not be playing a role in the formal ceremonies before or after the race.”
Pence is the former Governor of Indiana and will be watching Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 from one of the turn two suites.
Thursday was the second day of a security briefings by Boles and other officials at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Security has been heightened after the recent terrorist attack at an Arianna Grande Concert in Manchester, England on Monday.
Just like last year, race fans are encouraged to arrive as early as possible for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500. With one of the largest crowds in decades expected to fill Indianapolis Motor Speedway on race day, the easiest way to ensure a stress-free day at the track is to arrive by the time all gates open at 6 a.m. (ET).
“Momentum from the 100th Running has carried over into this year’s race, and we expect our second-largest crowd in at least the last 20 years,” Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles said. “So we’re encouraging fans to get here early and take a little extra time to map out their route to the Speedway and fully plan their day at the track.”
Gates at IMS open at 6 a.m. following the traditional cannon blast. From there, fans looking to beat traffic and avoid longer lines can take advantage of many fun opportunities, including:
- IMS Museum: The Museum, which opens at 6 a.m. on race day, features a special exhibit honoring legendary four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt this year. Learn more about the Museum’s world-renowned attractions here: www.indyracingmuseum.org.
- Fan Midway: This year’s Fan Midway features several exciting attractions, including the NERF Nitro Kids Zone and interactive activations from Yamaha, Crown Royal, Disney and more. The Chevy Stage is also in the lot adjacent to the Midway.
- Shopping and Food: A wide array of 101st Indianapolis 500 attire and collectibles will go fast, so don’t miss out. Shop for family and friends while supplies last. All concessions and retailers will open at 6 a.m.
- Borg-Warner Trophy March to the Bricks: Back by popular demand, the Borg-Warner Trophy will begin a march to the iconic Yard of Bricks at 8 a.m. from the IMS Museum. Line up outside the west side of the Museum for a chance to see one of the most famous trophies in the world – escorted by the Indianapolis 500 Gordon Pipers – begin its journey to Victory Podium.
- IMS Red Carpet: This year, the IMS Red Carpet is moving just north of Pagoda Plaza with celebrities walking the carpet from 9-10 a.m. The fans lining up in the viewing area earliest will have the best view of Race Day celebrities and also receive free Race Day swag.
- Rolling Stage: Also making a repeat appearance this year is the IMS rolling stage, which will begin circling the track at 10 a.m. Popular alternative rock band Jonathan Jackson + Enation will play in turn one, two and four. Band leader Jonathan Jackson is a star on the CMT show “Nashville.”
- Epic Pre-Race: This year’s pre-race ceremonies will serve as a fitting, stunning tribute to our nation’s military heroes and continue as America’s greatest Memorial Day Weekend sporting tradition. Be in your seat early to ensure you see every can’t-miss moment.