Things To Do At Indy - There's A Lot Of Things To Do At Indy, An Awful Lot To Do

If you were worried about filling your time at Indianapolis between the on-track action, you have no need for concern. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway today issued a press release with a full list of activities during the Red Bull Indianapolis GP weekend, and it is a very full list indeed. Apart from MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3, the Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson series takes to the track, where riders race specially prepared XR1200s against one another. Alongside the bellowing twins of the XR1200 racing, the futuristic whine of the FIM eRoadRacing series can also be heard, with the electric bikes taking to the track for another round of their world championship.

Saturday night sees more Harleys being raced, this time in their natural habitat. A large section of the paddock head to the Indiana State Fairground, to join the regular crowd watch the purest form of American motorcycle racing, the AMA Pro flat track series racing the Indy Mile. For a European, the Mile is a truly unforgettable experience.

The evenings are action-packed as well, as every evening sees Motorcycles at the Meridian, where bikes and bikers gather in the heart of Indianapolis for an informal and friendly evening of food, drink and good company. For those wishing to feed the brain, the esteemed magazine Cycle World hosts its annual Industry Panel on Friday, where the magazine's managing editor Matthew Miles talks to some of the great minds of the sport. Technical guru Kevin Cameron is joined by veteran journalist and wit Dennis Noyes, Bridgestone PR spokesperson Carmine Moscaritolo, MotoGP legend Randy Mamola and AMA great Eric Bostrom. If you want to get the lowdown on racing, this is an event not to be missed. Then, of course, there is the Riders for Health auction, which will feature collectibles and memorabilia from the stars, as well as a few special items from some top MotoGP photographers. And in a quiet moment, you can visit the museum at the track, one of the great monuments to American racing.

If you haven't made plans to attend, then I heartily recommend you do so. Tickets are available either direct from IMS, or via the official MotoGP.com website. Below is the full schedule of events, courtesy of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway:


DAY-BY-DAY AT THE RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GP

INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013 - A day-by-day look at the on- and off-track happenings for fans at the Red Bull Indianapolis GP, Aug. 16-18 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

FRIDAY, Aug. 16

On-Track Schedule

  • 9-9:40 a.m. Moto3 Practice
  • 9:55-10:40 a.m. MotoGP Practice
  • 10:55-11:40 a.m. Moto2 Practice
  • 11:55 a.m.-12:20 p.m. AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series Practice
  • 1:10-1:50 p.m. Moto3 Practice
  • 2:05-2:50 p.m. MotoGP Practice
  • 3:05-3:50 p.m. Moto2 Practice
  • 4:05-4:50 p.m. AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series Qualifying
  • 5:05-5:25 p.m. FIM eRoadRacing World Cup Practice

Total Track Activity Time: Five hours, 50 minutes

Off-Track Activities

  • Moto Midway: Live music, zip line, Jager Dome, food and beverage concessions, iWheelie, corn hole, volleyball, huge beer pong using trash cans, volleyball, oxygen bar, manufacturer displays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., IMS Infield.
  • Live Music, Moto Midway Main Stage: 10-10:40 a.m., DJ Orion; 10:40-11:30 a.m., Jasmine Cain; 1-2 p.m., Street Spirit; PictureYes, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
  • XDL Street Jam Motorcycle Stunting, Moto Midway: 10:30-11 a.m., 1:30-2 p.m., 3-3:30 p.m.
  • Indy Mile Q&A, Autograph Session: 11:40 a.m.-12:40 p.m., Moto Midway.
  • Cycle World Industry Panel: Matthew Miles, Kevin Cameron, Randy Mamola, Eric Bostrom, Dennis Noyes, Carmine Moscaritolo, 3:50-4:50 p.m., Moto Midway Main Stage
  • Riders For Health Q&A/Auction, Moto Midway Main Stage: 5-5:10 p.m., Marc Marquez, Dani Pedrosa; 5:10-5:20 p.m., Nicky Hayden, Andrea Dovizioso; Jorge Lorenzo, Ben Spies, 5:20-5:30 p.m.; Cal Crutchlow, Bradley Smith, 5:30-5:40 p.m.; Danilo Petrucci, Lukas Pesek, 5:40-5:50 p.m.; Karel Abraham, Hiroshi Aoyama, Hector Barbera, 5:50-6 p.m.; Valentino Rossi, Andrea Iannone, 6-6:10 p.m.; Colin Edwards, Claudio Corti, Stefan Bradl, 6:10-6:20 p.m.; Randy de Puniet, Aleix Espargaro, 6:20-6:30 p.m.; Alvaro Bautista, Bryan Staring, Yonny Hernandez, Eugene Laverty, 6:30-6:40 p.m.
  • Vendor Marketplace: Display and purchase area for aftermarket motorcycle products, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Gasoline Alley
  • IMS Kids Zone: Radio Disney and Wish For Our Heroes providing free games, military-themed competitions, obstacle courses, face painting and more, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Moto Midway
  • Social Media Garage: Free social media hub, rider visits, tweet-ups, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Garage 12NE, Gasoline Alley
  • Motorcycles on Meridian: Free motorcycle/motorcycle culture street festival with grid girls, giveaways, live music, celebrity and rider interviews, 6 p.m.-midnight, Monument Circle to South Street and East Block of Georgia, downtown Indianapolis

Tickets

  • General admission: $20. Children 12 and under admitted free with adult general admission ticket-holder.
  • Three-day general admission: $75. Children 12 and under admitted free all three days with adult general admission ticket-holder.
  • Buy: www.ims.com/tickets

Gates Open

  • 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, Aug. 17

On-Track Schedule

  • 8-8:15 a.m. AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series Warm-up
  • 9-9:40 a.m. Moto3 Practice
  • 9:55-10:40 a.m. MotoGP Practice
  • 10:55-11:40 a.m. Moto2 Practice
  • 12:35-1:15 p.m. Moto3 Qualifying
  • 1:30-2 p.m. MotoGP Practice
  • 2:10-2:25 p.m. MotoGP Qualifying Session 1
  • 2:35-2:50 p.m. MotoGP Qualifying Session 2
  • 3:05-3:50 p.m. Moto2 Qualifying
  • 4:20 p.m. AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series Race #1 (10 laps)
  • 5-5:20 p.m. FIM eRoadRacing World Cup Qualifying

Total Track Activity Time: Five hours, 40 minutes

Off-Track Activities

  • Moto Midway: Live music, zip line, Jager Dome, food and beverage concessions, iWheelie, corn hole, volleyball, huge beer pong using trash cans, volleyball, oxygen bar, manufacturer displays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., IMS Infield.
  • Live Music, Moto Midway Main Stage: 10-10:45 a.m., Jasmine Cain; 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Brent James & The Vintage Youth; 12:40-1:40 p.m., The Features; 2-3:30 p.m., 3LAU; 3:30-4:30 p.m., Slater Hogan; 4:45-5:30 p.m., PictureYes.
  • Pit Lane Walk: 5:30-6:30 p.m. (voucher holders only)
  • Rider Q&A, Moto Midway Main Stage: 4:30-4:45 p.m., Honda Riders; 6-6:15 p.m., Yamaha Riders.
  • XDL Street Jam Motorcycle Stunting, Moto Midway: 11-11:30 a.m., 2-2:30 p.m., 5-5:30 p.m.
  • Vendor Marketplace: Display and purchase area for aftermarket motorcycle products, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Gasoline Alley
  • IMS Kids Club Event (members only): 11 a.m.-1 p.m., IMS Kids Zone, Moto Midway
  • IMS Kids Zone: Radio Disney and Wish For Our Heroes providing free games, military-themed competitions, obstacle courses, face painting and more, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Moto Midway
  • Social Media Garage: Free social media hub, rider visits, tweet-ups, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Garage 12NE, Gasoline Alley
  • Motorcycles on Meridian: Free motorcycle/motorcycle culture street festival with grid girls, giveaways, live music, celebrity and rider interviews, 6 p.m.-midnight, Monument Circle to South Street and East Block of Georgia, downtown Indianapolis
  • Indy Mile AMA Pro Flat Track Race: 7 p.m., Indiana State Fairgrounds

Tickets

  • General admission: $20. Children 12 and under admitted free with adult general admission ticket-holder.
  • Buy: www.ims.com/tickets

Gates Open

  • 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, Aug. 18

On-Track Schedule

  • 8:40-9 a.m. Moto3 Warm-up
  • 9:10-9:30 a.m. Moto2 Warm-up
  • 9:40-10 a.m. MotoGP Warm-up
  • 11 a.m. Moto3 Race (23 laps)
  • 12:20 p.m. Moto2 Race (25 laps)
  • 2 p.m. MotoGP Race (27 laps)
  • 3:30 p.m. AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series Race #2 (10 laps)
  • 4:30 p.m. FIM eRoad Racing World Cup Race (8 laps)

Total Track Activity Time: Four hours

Off-Track Activities

  • Moto Midway: Live music, zip line, Jager Dome, food and beverage concessions, iWheelie, corn hole, volleyball, huge beer pong using trash cans, volleyball, oxygen bar, manufacturer displays, 7 a.m.-3:15 p.m., IMS Infield.
  • Live Music, Moto Midway Main Stage: 9-10 a.m., High Octane; 10-11:30 a.m., Space Capone; Noon-1:30 p.m., Guns 4 Roses; 2:30-3:30 p.m., RECOIL.
  • MotoGP Pre-Race Ceremonies: 1:30 p.m.
  • Red Bull Air Force Skydiving Team Landing: 1:35 p.m.
  • XDL Street Jam Motorcycle Stunting, Moto Midway: 9:30-10 a.m., 11:15-11:45 a.m., 1-1:30 p.m.
  • Vendor Marketplace: Display and purchase area for aftermarket motorcycle products, 7 a.m.-3:15 p.m., Gasoline Alley
  • IMS Kids Zone: Radio Disney and Wish For Our Heroes providing free games, military-themed competitions, obstacle courses, face painting and more, 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Moto Midway
  • Social Media Garage: Free social media hub, rider visits, tweet-ups, 7 a.m.-3:15 p.m., Garage 12NE, Gasoline Alley

Tickets

  • Reserved seats: Range from $70-130.
  • General admission: $50. Children 12 and under admitted free with adult general admission ticket-holder.
  • Buy: www.ims.com/tickets

Gates Open

  • 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

IMS ONLINE

If you were worried about filling your time at Indianapolis between the on-track action, you have no need for concern. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway today issued a press release with a full list of activities during the Red Bull Indianapolis GP weekend, and it is a very full list indeed. Apart from MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3, the Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson series takes to the track, where riders race specially prepared XR1200s against one another. Alongside the bellowing twins of the XR1200 racing, the futuristic whine of the FIM eRoadRacing series can also be heard, with the electric bikes taking to the track for another round of their world championship.Saturday night sees more Harleys being raced, this time in their natural habitat. A large section of the paddock head to the Indiana State Fairground, to join the regular crowd watch the purest form of American motorcycle racing, the AMA Pro flat track series racing the Indy Mile. For a European, the Mile is a truly unforgettable experience.

Comments

Indy

Went there once and found it to be a fairly mediocre experience. It's just not a motogp track. Did Austin and Laguna Seca this year but I wouldn't bother going back to Indy again. I seem to recall reading somewhere that this would be the last year for them because I guess I'm not the only one feels the way I do.

That having been said, it's good to see the racing start up again - should be a great second half of the season.

Total votes: 49

Disagree...

Yeah, ok, the track is crappy... flat with several types of asphalt. The riders don't like it and I don't blame them.

BUT, other than that, I think it's a great experience. The facility itself is amazing. Just walking down pit-lane is awesome (during the Saturday pit-walk). You get to be 5' away from a multi-million dollar motorcycle while the mechanics make their final adjustments. Pretty cool.

There is a ton of stuff to stroll around and look at in between sessions. There is good food that's not extremely over-priced. People are friendly. The infield viewing sections are beautiful next to the golf course and you are super close to the track. And there is a ton of stuff to do around the city.

Other than the track itself, I'm not sure what there is that's not to be impressed about.

Total votes: 63

agree...

every time I've been to Indy I had a blast. Like you said the facility is great, theres a ton of really good viewing areas. The Pit walk is great. And keep your eyes open! 2 years ago Cal Crutchlow walked right by me on his way to the medical center, and last year Pedrosa flew right by me on a scooter!
I don't want to bring it up cause i think its the best kept secret of the weekend but the HRC tent always has Livio Suppo and at least 1 rider for QA... AND NOBODY KNOWS ABOUT IT! I was 3 feet from Super Sic and got to ask him a question!
I wish I didn't write that, no one show up, I have questions for Suppo!

Total votes: 62

Yep

Agreed 100%. Everyone knows the track is unfortunately lacking--the surface being the biggest problem and it looks boring from the TV. However, the layout itself isn't too bad. It's a shame really, because the event is phenomenal. I couldn't recommend it higher. And let's face it, we all know this is probably going to be the last time MotoGP races at Indy. Get your tickets!

Total votes: 50

Vance & Hines

This will be my 3rd straight year going to Indy. Can't wait. That being said, I found the Harley's to just be laughable. The first year I went they still had the 125s and they were lapping like 10 seconds faster the the XR1200s!
By the way, David, another thing to do at Indy is hang out in your hotel lobby and people watch all the wizards and trolls playing D&D and Magic the Gathering in full regalia! I love how GenCon is always the same weekend as the IndyGP, definitely creates an interesting dichotomy...

Total votes: 56

XR1200 suck?

Sure, they're not high tech and in general (and I say this as an American), I hate HDs and blow by them on the road on my modern bikes every chance I get. But the XR1200 class is great racing! The bikes are basically identical, so any advantage is either rider skill or racecraft. I realize as a purist, they are pretty much sh*t as a bike but if you like racing, I would bet money that if ignore the personalitiesand technology involved, the XR1200 race will be a much better/closer race than the MotoGP race will be. It's harder to track who rider A, B, C, D and E are in the lead pack but you'll HAVE a lead pack that changes order most laps.

Total votes: 50

And you don't care but...

I have been there every year (it's local to us here in Peoria, first year our group was 63, one of the biggest group purchases there) and this year, my son is coming with me, I am really looking forward to it.

Downtown is pretty much Bacchanalia, if you wanna see stretched Hayabusas with neon, ridden by locals with baseball caps on backwards, that's the place. Yes, I realize this does not sound glamorous.

Total votes: 51

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