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WATCH: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is OPEN!

Posted at 2:28 PM, May 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-12 15:34:29-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- It's the day race fans have been waiting for.

The gates to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway opened to the public Thursday and practice runs began on the track.

We sent Skycam 6 to check out the action from high above.

Here are a couple of highlights to look out for as you watch the video in the player above:

  • At 1:00 - follow a driver around the Grand Prix course
  • At 4:30 - get a tour of the new Gate 1 Plaza
  • At 5:00 - take a trip around the track from 5,000 feet
  • At 9:00 - check out the pits and front stretch

PHOTOS | From ground level at IMS

Don't forget - even though they're sold out - there's still a chance you can win reserved seat tickets to the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.

Watch for the daily trivia every day on RTV6 News at 6 and then submit your answers for a chance to win!

We've also been taking a look back at the history of the Indianapolis 500.

RTV6 has produced special reports for each one of the years that the track has been open.  Watch all of our Road to 100 coverage here.

And Trackside Xtra, our daily coverage of happenings at the track, is back. Watch the first installment below.