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    I'm planning to attend bump day and the 500 on fairly tight schedules this year and am looking for any advice anyone here may have. I am planning to drive up to Indy from Cincinatti for bump day after attending the Indians/Reds game on the 17th (3:55 start). I am planning to drive to Indy immediately post-game and stay in Indy overnight and then drive home after watching bump day. For the race, I am planning to drive (not all by myself) to Indy overnight following attending an Indians/Rangers game in Cleveland the night before (7:05 start). The plan would be to drive straight to Indy, park, see the race, and then stay overnight and drive home on Memorial Day. Any information any of you could provide would be appreciated.
    Some fans claim one series or another runs "real race cars." What's everybody else running, fake race cars? :confused:

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    Skip the Indians/Rangers game, come up a day or two early and enjoy the atmosphere of race weekend.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by MichaelP
      Skip the Indians/Rangers game, come up a day or two early and enjoy the atmosphere of race weekend.

      Best advice ever

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      • #4
        Originally posted by MichaelP
        Skip the Indians/Rangers game, come up a day or two early and enjoy the atmosphere of race weekend.
        unfortunately, that's not possible (can't miss game, they're giving away bobbleheads commemorating Grady Sizemore being named to the AL Gold Glove team), I really need some advice on hotels for sunday night and when I need to get to the track to get some reasonably close parking
        Some fans claim one series or another runs "real race cars." What's everybody else running, fake race cars? :confused:

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        • #5
          Better staying a little ways out of Indy. A couple of weeks ago I got a room, but they were few and far between even then, and of course they are charging special event prices even on Sunday night.
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          • #6
            check this

            It's a good place to start looking for lodging.


            Not that it will affect you but for people coming from Chicago and points north there will be closures of some of the ramps at the I-80/94 connection to I-65 all Summer. Best to check in advance for detours and alternate ways of getting around the situation.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by badart
              Better staying a little ways out of Indy. A couple of weeks ago I got a room, but they were few and far between even then, and of course they are charging special event prices even on Sunday night.
              Thanks for the advice. Anybody got any advice on parking or what race tickets I should go for (need to buy from IMS as my mom is paying for the seats and she wants to have tickets in hand or at will call before we leave for Indy).
              Some fans claim one series or another runs "real race cars." What's everybody else running, fake race cars? :confused:

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              • #8
                Bump Day is easy. Only advice needed is to go to the Union Jack once the gun sounds and to park in the IMS lot as it's cheaper.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by thehairpin
                  Thanks for the advice. Anybody got any advice on parking or what race tickets I should go for (need to buy from IMS as my mom is paying for the seats and she wants to have tickets in hand or at will call before we leave for Indy).
                  Eh well, the last two years we've gone; we have bought our tickets off the street. I personally hate sitting in the infield of turn one. Parking...yeah I'm not giving away where I park lol.
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                  • #10
                    If you are using 70 to get to and from Ohio you might be best to check for hotels in the Post Road and even the Greenfield areas? Try to park at the track so you can head East on 30th street after the race ("North 40" lot or the neighborhoods nearby). This will take you straight to the entrance ramp for 65 South which leads immediately to 70 Eastbound. Once you get to the interstate the Greenfield exit is about 30min. away.
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                    • #11
                      stay

                      I have an open couch or floor with air mattress. I only charge a pizza or two.
                      I live in Greenwood. South side of Indy.

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                      • #12
                        Thanks to everybody who has posted advice (or will do so later in this thread). I knew I could on TF for some good advice!
                        Some fans claim one series or another runs "real race cars." What's everybody else running, fake race cars? :confused:

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by thehairpin
                          Thanks for the advice. Anybody got any advice on parking or what race tickets I should go for (need to buy from IMS as my mom is paying for the seats and she wants to have tickets in hand or at will call before we leave for Indy).
                          SW Vista, South Vista, or SE Vista as high as possible, double letter row if possible.

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                          • #14
                            Arrive early...

                            scalp a reasonable ticket before 9:30AM.

                            Get inside the gate and check out your seats.

                            Go to the closest concession, pick up some dogs and a Pepsi.

                            Find a good place to watch a gate or main gate. (People watch)

                            With a hour till the green flag, back to the seats.

                            Sign with Gomer, bask in the spectacle.

                            Stay late...
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by indyguy2
                              SW Vista, South Vista, or SE Vista as high as possible, double letter row if possible.


                              I completely agree.
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