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Indianapolis 500 Seating Guide
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About The Indianapolis Speedway - The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is located in Speedway, Indiana, a suburb of Indianapolis. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is host to a number of imporant races including the Indianapolis 500, the Brickyard 400, and formerly the home of the United States Grand Prix. At a track as big as the Indianapolis Speedway there really are no bad seats, just different perspectives onto the track. Some people like to get as close to the center in front of the pits but at the end of the day it's a question of preferences. The Indy 500 race goes on for a long time, so I would reccommend a seat with a back to it. The seats in the Penthouse sections all have backs. In Stand B just to the right of the Paddock Section the seats have folding chairs. The Penthouse seats in A, B and E all have seat backs with arms rests. More details on seating below.

Protection from the Rain and Sun - The Penthouse Sections are under cover. Stands A, B and E rows K and higher are covered to protect you from the sun and in case of rain. Seats in the Paddock and Stands J-E are on the west side of the track. After 2:30-4:00 pm the sun will be setting behind you.

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  • The Paddock Section - The Paddock has 48 sections across with bleacher style seats with seat backs.
    Section 11 or 12 would be above the finish line. Section 1 would be next to the A Stand, and section 48 would be next to C Stand.
  • The Paddock Grandstand goes from row AA-VV. Under the overhang, so protected from the rain and sun.
  • The Paddock Penthouse goes from row A-M and then AA-CC at the very top. Under cover.

A, B & E Stands - Located in the 1st Turn. Bleacher style seating with back rest. Rows K and higher under cover.

  • A Stands - 40 Sections - Rows B-T, AA-KK, LL-VV
  • B Stands - 20 Sections - Rows A-E
  • E Stands - 32 Sections - Rows C-R - Section 1 is closest to Section B

View From E Stand Row M

Stand E -Row G - Box 16

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The best seats in stand E would be sections 1-17 in rows K and higher so you are under cover. By sitting in boxes 1-17 you'll be closer to section B and will have a straight view down the track as the cars head into the first turn. If you go to boxes 18-32 the view is not as good as you are looking back at a slight angle as the cars go down the track.

Penthouse Sections - At the top of the Paddock, A, B and E Stands.

Paddock Penthouse - Has a roof and goes from rows A-F and then AA-CC. Seats are bucket style with arms rests. The Paddock Penthouse sections DO NOT line up directly above the Paddock Stand sections. Hence the Finish Line in the Paddock Penthouse is around sections 15 or 16. The LOWER the rows in the Paddock Penthouse, the more expensive the tickets. Hence the most expensive seats you'll find in the Paddock Penthouse will be Sections 15 or 16 Row A.

A Penthouse - Heading out of the pit area, A Penthouse seats goes 14 rows up ( A-M and then AA-CC ). Boxes go 1-28. Box 28 would be closest to the Paddock. A Penthouse Box 1 would be closest to stand B. Seats are bucket style seats with arms rests.

B Penthouse - Goes from box 1 to box 20 with box 20 closest to the A section. Seats are bucket style seats with arms rests.

E Penthouse - Goes from Box 1-24. The lower box numbers are closer to stand B, higher boxes are closer to SW Vista. Seats are bucket style seats with arms rests.

Southwest Vista Seats - Turn 2 - Cars are cruising at their slowest which can be nice
Rows in the Southwest Vista go from A to PP - Double letters being higher up.

Northeast Vista - Turn 3 - Best sections are 12-13 - Rows go from A to PP - Double letters being higher up.

Northwest Vista - Turn 4- Best section is 1 - Rows go from A to PP - Double letters being higher up.

Pit Road Terrace Seats - Located just opposite Stands B and A along the inside of the track, next to the Tower Terrace is the Pit Road Terrace. The Pit Road Terrace Section is split into two parts. The first is Pit Road sections 1-22 located to the furthest south and Pit Road sections 23-42 located closest to the Tower Terrace. Inside the Pit Road Terrace is the Gasoline Suites.

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Special Indy 500 Passes

Drivers Meeting Passes - The tickets are very cheap and get you into the stands to watch the drivers meeting. They are good for getting in the garage area after the meeting. All the drivers are gone to the parade, but it is a good chance to see the crews getting ready for the race, sometimes they are practicing their pit stops.

Garage Passes - These are relatively cheap, about $50 each, and get you into the Garage area. The catch is you can only access the garage area with these garage passes after the race is over. Long pants are allowed and must be over 9 years old. The post-race garage pass is well worth it. Lots of former and present driver sightings, plus you can get up close to the cars and see what they look like after 500 miles.

Cold & Hot Pit Passes - Cold Pit Passes are a bit misleading. They get you into the garage area prior to the race but they DO NOT get you in the Pit area. You can however walk up to a fence and look into the Pit are. Hot Passes on the other hand are very difficult to come by for the Indy 500. There is a pass called the "Hot Pass" which are extremely hard to come by and are given out to the Race Teams only. For this reason they are as expensive as the best seats and these do give you access to the Pits. From time to time we're able to secure Hot Pass tickets for our clients.

Hospitality Areas

Tower Terrace - The Tower Terrace Suites are located inside the oval, along Pit Row just north of the Yard of Bricks. These private luxury suites are equipped with two private restrooms and 80 stadium-style seats that offer a spectacular view of the racing action.

The Hulman Terrace Club: - If the Indy 500 is on your Bucket List, this is where you want to be for the Indy 500. The Hulman Terrace Club has it all. Great views onto the track, the Tower Terrace in the background and access to all the hospitality food and drink you want. The Hulman Terrace Club is located on the outside of the front straightaway of the famed 2.5-mile oval past the exit of Turn 4. You'll enjoy fantastic views of the action plus access to a private area for food and beverages. You'll also enjoy the new outside deck area with a covered bar on the south end of the Hulman Terrace Club, surrounding a large indoor pavilion.

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