Another press release from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with things to do in Indy on the GP weekend. Hang out downtown with other bikers on the Meridian, and plan your way to the track on Sunday, making sure you get in and out in one piece:
RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GP FANS: PLAN AHEAD FOR RACE DAY TRAFFIC
INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials are encouraging fans to plan ahead for their trip to the Red Bull Indianapolis GP on Sunday, Aug. 28.
IMS officials offer two important recommendations to fans: Plan to leave early for the track, and Gate 2 public vehicle entry off 16th Street is limited to motorcycles only and available only until the east IMS Hall of Fame Museum lot is full.
Fans also are encouraged to leave early and plan routes accordingly during the entire race weekend due to the major construction project on the west corridor of Interstate 465 in Indianapolis.
Due to construction on I-465 southbound, the eastbound Crawfordsville Road ramp is closed (northbound is open). Also due to construction, 38th Street is restricted to two lanes. Motorists are encouraged to use the eastbound 10th Street ramp from I-465 as the main route to the track.
Similar to this year's Brickyard 400, IMS will route traffic differently into the facility from 30th Street than in the past. All westbound traffic will enter Gate 11 and be parked in Lot 7. All eastbound traffic will enter Gate 10 and either be directed to Turn 3 (until it's full) or into Lot 7.
This change will alleviate congestion and allow nearly twice the amount of traffic to enter the facility at the same time from 30th Street. This procedure will be in effect for all three days of the Red Bull Indianapolis GP. In addition, the Coke Lot (Lot 1) will be closed for this event.
The Indiana State Police is advising spectators to visit http://www.in.gov/isp/files/Red_Bull_GP_MC_race11.pdf to receive information on the most direct routes to take when arriving and leaving IMS. Spectators are also encouraged to visit ISP's website at www.in.gov/isp for the latest information on road conditions and construction updates.
On Race Day, public gates open at 7 a.m., and the first race (125cc race) begins at 11 a.m., followed by the Moto2 race at 12:15 p.m., the MotoGP race at 2 p.m. and the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 race at 3:30 p.m.
MOTORCYCLES ON MERIDIAN BRINGS BIKE CULTURE TO DOWNTOWN INDY
'IMS After Dark' also offers motorcyclists evening activities at IMS
INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011 - When the world's best motorcycle racers come to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Aug. 26-28, one of the most exciting events associated with the Red Bull Indianapolis GP also will return.
Motorcycles on Meridian, a gathering of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts, will take place from 7 p.m.-3 a.m. Friday, Aug. 26 and Saturday, Aug. 27 on South Meridian Street in downtown Indianapolis.
The event is free and open to everyone, riders and non-riders, to experience the motorcycle culture of Indianapolis in a safe, festive environment.
For both nights of the event, South Meridian Street in downtown Indianapolis will be open only to motorcycle traffic and parking between Monument Circle and South Street, providing a perfect opportunity for riders and fans to check out the exciting restaurants and downtown nightlife while soaking up the two-wheeled lifestyle.
All parking garages in the area will be open and accessible to cars only, and ABATE of Indiana will assist motorcyclists with parking and also provide safe rides home for riders if necessary.
In addition, as part of an expanded lineup of evening party, social and music attractions at IMS, public gates will remain open until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the track as part of "IMS After Dark," creating one of the coolest parties of the year, energized by the style and attitude of Red Bull.
And for the first time, motorcyclists can park their bikes in the center of the action on the new Main Street in the IMS infield, creating the social scene that is a vital part of every rider's lifestyle. A variety of fun, action-packed activities, including music, motorcycle competition and fashion, will be located along Main Street.
General admission tickets are just $10 Friday and $20 Saturday and include on-track action and "IMS After Dark" activities.
2011 Red Bull Indianapolis GP tickets: 2011 Red Bull Indianapolis GP tickets are on sale now.
To buy tickets, visit www.imstix.com, call the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700 or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area or visit the ticket office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street. Ticket office and phone hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday-Friday.
The 2011 Red Bull Indianapolis GP is scheduled for Aug. 26-28 at IMS.
Race Day general admission tickets cost $40, with Friday general admission $10 and Saturday general admission $20. A three-day general admission ticket is $60. A Friday-Saturday general admission ticket is $25.
Children ages 12 and under will be admitted free any of the three days of the event when accompanied by an adult with a general admission ticket.
Race Day reserved seat prices will start at $70.