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Brickyard 400: Plan ahead for race-day traffic

Statement issued Tuesday:

INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) officials are encouraging fans to plan ahead for their trip to the Brickyard 400 presented by Big Machine Records on Sunday, July 31.

IMS officials offer two important recommendations to fans: plan to leave early for the track and do not use 16th Street westbound in an attempt to enter via Gate 2, as 16th Street quickly backs up due to the volume of cars attempting to park in the infield.

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 still 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. Also, motorists utilizing eastbound 30th Street to enter the track will be directed through Gate 10. Those using westbound 30th Street to enter the track will be directed into Gate 11.

The Indiana State Police is advising spectators to visit to receive information on the most direct routes to take when arriving and leaving the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. A PDF file entitled “Traveling Tips to the Brickyard 400” is available on the front page of the ISP’s Web site, and road conditions and construction updates also can be found at the main ISP site,

Fans also can avoid traffic and parking issues by using shuttle bus service provided by the Free Enterprise System, Inc. Information and registration for bus service from downtown and the Indianapolis International Airport is available at:

On Race Day, public gates open at 6 a.m., and the Brickyard 400 presented by Big Machine Records begins at 1 p.m. For additional information, and a complete schedule of the events surrounding the 18th Brickyard 400, visit

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