IMS Track Experience

Fast Track

A bit more fun before you speed away from Indy.

What do you think of when you hear “Indy”?  

Yes, the Indy 500! “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” takes place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 26. But speeds increase all week as the greatest drivers in racing prepare to qualify – and you can be part of the action with special Sweets & Snacks Expo access at an official Indy 500 practice session. 

Thursday, May 16 

1 p.m. – 6 p.m. 

All Sweets & Snacks Expo badge holders can attend the IMS Track Experience free of charge with a special IMS General Admission ticket to be distributed onsite at the show.  

Ticketholders can move between the IMS infield viewing grounds and grandstands to view racing action from different vantage points, and even check out the garages where teams are preparing cars to hit the track. Ticketholders will also have access to a private Sweets & Snacks Expo hospitality area with food and drinks at the Pavilion. Continue networking post-show with the Sweets & Snacks community at a thrilling destination that can only be experienced in our new home city!  

Bus transportation to and from the track will be provided. Mark your calendar and plan ahead.

Questions fréquemment posées

Anyone with a Sweets & Snacks Expo badge is welcome to attend the Fast Track experience at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS).

There is no fee to attend!

All you need is your Sweets & Snacks Expo badge and a special IMS ticket specifically for the Sweets & Snacks community. The ticket will get you into the IMS; your Sweets & Snacks badge will get you into the Sweets & Snacks hospitality area in the Pavilion (see below).

Anyone with a Sweets & Snacks badge can pick up a Fast Track ticket on Wednesday from 1 to 5 p.m., or Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Fast Track tickets will be available for pickup at the NCA Advocacy Center (booth 11752), or at any of three Sweets & Snacks bag pickup locations at registration areas around the convention center.

  • Yes. Buses will begin running at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday to take people from the convention center to the IMS; they will depart from the Maryland Street entrance (closest to Hall D). Buses will run on a continuous loop between the convention center and the IMS until 6 p.m. We anticipate most people will depart from the convention center by 2 p.m. and will return between 3 and 5 p.m.
  • Buses will arrive at the IMS Main Gate entrance (Gate 2, Lot 3P). Wear comfortable shoes, as you will be walking to and from the bus and throughout the IMS property. The walk from the Main Gate entrance to the Pavilion is 10 to 15 minutes. You can also use the complimentary IMS shuttle that runs through the interior of the track. Buses will depart from the same location as arrivals (Gate 2; Lot 3P).
  • Beginning at 3 p.m., there will be buses going directly from the IMS to Indianapolis International Airport, as well as buses returning to the convention center.
    • You may bring your luggage on the bus to the track. Our bus company will store your luggage and load it onto the appropriate airport bus.
    • Small bags (e.g., purses, backpacks, and laptop bags that are no larger than 18”x15”x15”) are permitted inside of the track. Please note: there is no secure area to store them inside the track.

  • Yes. The drop-off location for taxis and Uber/Lyft is the same lot as our shuttles: the Main Gate entrance (Gate 2), Lot 3P.
  • Free parking is available on the opposite side of the track in Lot 7 (by Turn 3). There is a free IMS shuttle that goes back and forth from the Main Gate entrance, the Pavilion area, and the free parking lots. Driving directions to the IMS are here.
  • Be sure you have your Fast Track ticket in hand before arriving at the track if you plan to drive yourself or take Uber/Lyft.

Yes. Anyone with a Sweets & Snacks badge is welcome to enter the Sweets & Snacks hospitality area in Pavilion 3 where there will be lunch and soft drinks/water. Additional food and beverages (including alcohol) are available for purchase in IMS concession areas.

  • Fast Track ticketholders can move between the IMS infield viewing grounds and grandstands to view racing action from different vantage points. You can even check out the garages where teams are preparing cars to race and qualify for the Indy 500. Ticketholders will also have access to a private Sweets & Snacks Expo hospitality area with food and drinks in Pavilion 3.
  • Garage access is only available to guests 18 years or older and requires a signed liability waiver onsite at the IMS. Guests will receive a separate wristband to access the garages following completion of the liability waiver.
  • The IMS gift and merchandise shop will also be open. The IMS is a cashless facility. Any concessions or merchandise purchases must be done via debit or credit card.

  • 1 to 6 p.m. You should plan for approximately 90 minutes to 2 hours to get the full experience, though you are welcome to stay as long as you like!
  • Remember: our buses will run during the entire event so you can still take full advantage of the Expo show floor on Thursday without missing anything at the IMS.

  • ADA services are available to any guests with disabilities. Free on-site tram and ADA shuttles are available to help you navigate the facility.
  • Please be sure to see a Sweets & Snacks Expo customer service representative during the show in the Show Office (Room 116) if you require ADA assistance at the track.