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100th Indianapolis 500: Grandstand seats sold out, but $40 infield tickets are still available

Helio Castroneves of Brazil is in the seat for some test runs before the 100th Indianapolis 500 race on Memorial Day.
(Darron Cummings / Associated Press)

Race fans are already revving their engines for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend.

Though the May 29 event reached a milestone by selling out the nearly 250,000 reserved grandstand seats early this month, race organizers expect 75,000 to 100,000 more spectators to buy $40 general admission tickets to the infield at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Indianapolis has been going bonkers for this year’s edition.

Locals have been parading, partying and picking festival princesses as part of a 33-day countdown to the race.

This year, a 303-foot-tall image of the Borg-Warner Trophy covers the JW Marriott; a multimedia art project, the People’s 500, opens at the new Tube Factory art space; and fans of two-wheel transportation are participating in a new group bike ride from downtown Indianapolis to the track on race day.

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Memorial Day weekend events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway begin with Carb Day on May 27, which features vintage car laps, autograph sessions and an afternoon rock concert by Journey.

Legends Day on May 28 includes a festival parade for 300,000 spectators through Indianapolis and Blake Shelton in concert at the speedway. Info: Firestone Legends Day Concert

The Snake Pit at Turn 3 is a popular new daytime DJ race day dance festival featuring Skrillex. Info: Indianapolis 500 Snake Pit

On May 29, the race begins at four minutes past noon when the announcer says those famous words: “Drivers, start your engines.” At 12:12 p.m., hang on for 200 laps.

General admission Indy 500 tickets are available in advance through the speedway’s ticket office, by calling (800) 822-4639 or at the website.

Single-day admission tickets for practice and qualifying race days that began Monday are for sale at any gate on event days, cash only.

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