The Dirt Track @IMS
Last Visited - 2018
Track Distance - 1/6th mile
Facilities - Good
City/Town - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Website - http://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com
Location - Indianapolis Motor Speedway is located in the suburb of Speedway. How fitting is that? Unlike
many pavement tracks, IMS is nestled into suburbia as opposed to being an hour from civilisation. It is just
a 15 minute drive from downtown Indianapolis to perhaps the most famous motor racing venue on the planet. You'll
have more difficulty finding the dirt track within the venue than you will finding the venue itself!
Once at the venue take the tunnel under the main track then heading left when confronted with the museum. A right
will take you past the museum and down to turn three where the dirt track is. You will want to park close to the
track. The infield at IMS is the size of a suburb and distances can be quite deceptive.
Parking - Was organised in the area leading into the venue with only a few VIP's allowed to park in the
temporary venue itself. Those not their early were faced with a considerable walk if they refused the services
of the assisting vehicles (elongated golf carts).
Premiere Meeting - At this early stage of track history there is just one meeting scheduled being
the BC39. A meeting that culminates in a 39-lap feature race to honour the life of Bryan Clauson.
Also worth attending - Let's hope this venue is utilised more than once a year. An Indiana Midget week
race would be fitting.
Best spot to sit - Only one main grandstand was erected when Percy visited although some seats were sold
to the turn three stands of the main track. These looked to be an awful long way from the action and I don't
imagion patrons could see an awful lot from this viewing point. The track grandstand was temporary and whilst
comfortable viewing wasn't great. If unallocated seating applies, the back row is the place to be to allow
standing during green flag laps. If you miss out prepare to have some part of the track obstructed from view.
Classes run - Midgets
Uniqueness - The track is small but racey. Tight corners combined with high banking is a recipe for
action. Drivers utlised all sorts of lines with no line seemingly preferred for any length of time. Just one
pit gate graces the surface just past the exit of turn two which slows down the transfer of cars on and off
the track to an extent. The area behind the track was utilised for food and merchandise which was great. On the
flipside the walk to the toilet block required a compass and a torch. Nevertheless given the venue is not
a stand alone track it's a damn good effort at putting together a speedway track.