(UPDATE 5/22/15) Two days remain before the Indianapolis 500 winds into Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Excitement for one of NASCAR’s most distinguished events continues to build, though secondary market ticket prices have tumbled over the last 10 days. According to TicketIQ, the average secondary price for Indianapolis 500 tickets is now $135.94, marking a 26.4% drop from the race’s peak average of $184.76 on May 13. The cheapest ticket available to Sunday’s event is currently priced at $45.
The 99th running of the Indy 500 will see gates open at 10am this Sunday. Following a slew of festivities leading up to the race, including the Indy 500 Snake Pit and Former Indy 500 Winner Laps, the 200-lap race is slated to begin at 12:15pm.
2015 Indy 500 Tickets Up 14.5% On Secondary Market From 2014 Prices
As the biggest IndyCar race of the year, the Indianapolis 500 will take place on Sunday, May 24. While the attendance at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is not announced, attendance is estimated at around 300,000 each year between the 250,000 seating capacity combined with spectators on the infield. With so much demand for the race, Indianapolis 500 tickets usually see high prices on the secondary market. Currently the average price for the race is $185.93 with a get-in price of $57. Considering the amount of seats available, that price is quite impressive. The average is also currently 14.5% above last year’s price.
Starting on Monday, May 11, a week of practice for the drivers will start as they prepare for the race on Sunday. Time Trials take place on May 16, while Pole Day will be a week before the race on May 17.
One of the biggest pre-race festivities will come on Friday, May 22 for the Coors Light Carb Day. Gates open at the Speedway at 8am and starts with a vintage car exhibition. Other activities will take place during the day, culminating with a three-band concert on the infield. O.A.R. will be the first to take the stage at 3:30, followed by .38 Special at 4:30 and Jane’s Addiction will close out the day when they take the stage at 5:30. The average price for Indy 500 Carbs Day tickets on the secondary market is $51.
As a whole, the weekend is a large celebration of the race’s history. On Saturday, the Legends Day Parade will be held. More pageantry, such as the duties of the Grand Marshal are also a big deal on race day. This year, Olympic gymnast and current Dancing With The Stars competitor Nastia Liukin will be the Grand Marshal.
This year’s race with be the 99th in history. Ed Carpenter will try to become the first driver to earn pole position in three straight Indy 500s, while Helio Castroneves will try to win the Indy 500 for a record tying fourth time.