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Going to the Indy 500? Better leave early

Posted at 11:46 AM, May 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-19 09:12:07-04

It's the morning of May 29. 

You've got your cooler, your Indianapolis 500 tickets and your binoculars. You're ready for the race.

You walk out the door, get in your car just in time and -- hit traffic.

A nightmare scenario for many Indy 500 fans, no doubt. 

That's why IMS President Doug Boles is encouraging -- no, stressing -- that fans leave at least two hours earlier than they usually would for this year's race.

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Gates will open at the Speedway this year at 6 a.m. There will be plenty to do when you arrive. Here are some ideas:

  • Visit the the IMS Museum. It will open at 6 a.m., featuring a "50 years of Team Penske in Racing" exhibit. 
  • The Midway will be open at 6 a.m. It will have stations from PlayStation, Mattel, New Era, Coca-Cola and others. In case you have children who are early birds, the Kids Zone will also be available.
  • Be on TV. Sportscenter will be taping an episode from 8-9 a.m., so get a good spot to be on national TV.
  • Jam out. Watch the rolling stage circle the track beginning at 10 a.m. New York-based a capella group Naturally 7 will be playing.
  • Watch RTV6 for all our coverage of the race beginning at 5 a.m., leading all the up until the green flag.

If any of these things makes you want to go, reserve tickets are sold out, but you can still win tickets by entering our contest.

Tune in to RTV6 News at 6 p.m. every night for our Road to 100, where we take a look back at each of the races leading up to the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500. 

Want tickets to this year's race? Tune in to RTV6 News at 6 p.m. and watch for the daily trivia question and answer, then click here to enter the answer to be entered daily for your chance to win tickets to the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 29.