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Indy 500 traffic/parking help

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Indy 500 traffic/parking help

Hi all -

My brother, his girlfriend and I just got our hands on some cheap seats for the 500. We plan on leaving Milwaukee very early Sunday morning. I have been to the track twice on tours (once as a kid, and last year on our family vacation with our kids). I am VERY excited to be attending my first 500!

My brothers and I have attended a new NASCAR track each year for the last 10 years and have season tickets for the August NASCAR race in Michigan. The first year we went we were stuck in traffic before the race for over three hours and missed the beginning of the race - not good. Needless to say we have figured things out and have that weekend down to a science...we bypass all of the main roads and use all back roads (even some gravel) and get into the track in about 20 minutes once we're off the interstate. We run to our car once the race is over to be out of the lots quickly. We have our suits with us and are swimming in one of the local lakes about 20 minutes after leaving the lot and watch all of the traffic go by and clear. We have tried the back roads theory at other NASCAR tracks with much success. I'm a little more worried here with so many more people and the fact that the track is right in the middle of a metro area.

So I'm looking for any helpful traffic suggestions as well as parking suggestions. I'm thinking w'ell get into town about 10am. Hopefully that isnt too late.

I have read Indybo's posts and you sure give out some helpful information.

Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Indy 500 traffic/parking help

The back road approach is not as effective at the Speedway given its location in the midst of commercial and residential properties and the fact that many streets are intentionally blocked or re-directed by police to better funnel traffic in and out. The location of your seats and your willingness to walk a good distance vs. parking close might also effect where you want to try to park. Many, many homeowners to the north/northeast and west/southwest of the track will charge to put your car on their lawn. The closer you are to the track the more it will cost you. I tend to use one of the large industrial lots to the south of the facility on 16th Street. In any event, it will be a hassle getting to the track in the morning. Ihere is just no way around it unless you have a police escort in. If you are downtown by 10 then you should be able to get in by the 1p.m. start.

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2. Re: Indy 500 traffic/parking help

HI UPNORTH! Dr J gives apretty good summary. I used to live in Milwaukee from 1966-72 (THE PACKER DYNASTY ERA). Still about a 5 hour dive to Indy. If you can get to my store I'll get you a spot. From I65 go to I 465 south towards the airport. Go south to 10th Street. from 10th go east past HOLT rd to EXETER. (there is JR's used tires at that corner. Go left (north) to 16th. There are generally barricades but you can usually get around them pretty easily (just don't let the police see you) I usually charge $10 race day but am giving free parking to TripAdvisor people (must let me know whem you pull in) If your there by 10 you should be ok. Try 317-258-4497 if you need any traffic help

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3. Re: Indy 500 traffic/parking help

Thank you so much for the info...

I also read last night that they run shuttles from various locations for $15 round trip. We did that at Dover last year fir the NASCAR race and that worked real well as the busses go in special lanes and got you right up to the track.

We are sitting in the north vista.

My oldest son was born in was born in 96 during the last Packer mini dynasty. Milwaukee has changed quite a bit since 1972. I have been here most of my life except for 4 1/2 years in Madison for college and 2 years in Denver. I teach 2nd grade in Milwaukee now.

We'll have to see where we are with time. Thanks again for the info Indyob and Dr J. We'll call you if we are getting frustrated with the traffic, and/or if we make it to your store. It's a carpet store, right?

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