INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Motor Speedway roared to life Wednesday as IndyCar teams tested in preparation for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles said the teams and drivers aren’t the only ones gearing up for the historic event. Fans are buying up tickets at a pace IMS hasn’t seen for decades.
“Tickets sales are really strong, as strong as I can ever remember them in my time here at the speedway, or even in my time when I was on the team side," Boles said. "I think we may be at a point where all of our reserved seats are sold out by the first week in May, which will be the first time really that that’s happened really in 25-30 years, probably.”
Boles said fans should expect a larger crowd this year and plan accordingly for race day.
“It’s going to feel like a late '80s early '90s Indy 500, so you have to think a little bit differently about how you’re getting there, when you’re coming, where you’re parking," Boles said. "A lot of that stuff I think people are going to need to think through a little bit more just because we’re going to have so many people here in the venue.”
The 100th Indianapolis 500 will be Sunday, May 29.