- Accommodations at the Hilton Garden Inn
- May 26 - 29, 2017
- Breakfast daily
- 2 drink vouchers per person
- Race preview party
- Gasoline Alley visit
- Driver`s Meeting
- Speedway transfers Sat/Sun
- Police escort to the Indy 500
- Indy 500 Hall of Fame Museum
- GPT tour gift package
- Hospitality desk
- On-site GPT representative
- Tax/Service charges
- Indy 500 race itinerary
- Restaurant/Entertainment guide
The Indy 500 is a part of the American Culture, like the World Series or the Super Bowl and the way we vote for our President. It is part of what makes America, well America. Every mile they race is history in the making. Last year Alexander Rossi made history, as a rookie at the brickyard for the first time, proved his skill and winning attitude that will take him to the very top of open wheel racing.
Looking back on the one hundred years of the Indy 500 you really see the history of racing. Riding mechanics, dirt and brick surface, and financing the 500 through a sweepstake. The early days developed the legends of the speedway. But it was the continual upgrading and development of traditions that takes the race where it is today. A bottle of milk for the winner, the sky filled with balloons, the singing "back home in Indiana", the rookie system, and those famous
words "Ladies and Gentlemen start your Engines".
The racing today is extraordinary as the cars run at incredible speeds that were never imagined in the early days. Aerodynamic cars running at 240 mph would have been unthinkable. At our party last year hosted by Derek and Connor Daly, Derek remarked that "the cars seemed faster than ever because they race so close together". "The slightest error could wipe out a whole team" Connor said after a close call in practice. They both gave a view of Indy that we as spectators can only imagine.
We hope to see all our guests at the party and riding on our police escorted buses as we wiz into the one hundred and first Indy 500 in 2017. Watch history in the making at the Indy 500 in 2017.
Hilton Garden Inn - Indianapolis
The Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis Downtown is located in the heart of Indy, just ½ block from Monument Circle and steps away from all the action. This 3 star full-service hotel offers a restaurant and lounge in addition to an indoor pool, fitness center and spa tub. Air-conditioned guestrooms offer coffee/tea makers, complimentary WI-Fi, televisions come with premium cable/satellite channels and pay movies, in room iron and ironing boards and refrigerators and microwaves can be requested. Bathrooms include hair dryers.
Self park or valet parking available.
Indianapolis like most American Cities has change over the years. However each year on Memorial Day weekend the changes are electric, the city fills to capacity as the enormous crowds visit for the Indy 500. There are many races named after the city the race is in, but I cannot think of a city named after a race like Speedway, Indiana. It`s all about tradition. Like the restaurant we try to visit every year, it is where all the racers and teams all eat during the month of May; it`s where the retired drivers go. The restaurant, St Almos Steak House where the shrimp cocktail`s are to die for (go easy on the horseradish); we will reserve a table for you if you want.
On Memorial Day weekend, the Indy 500 is more famous than the city. Everywhere you go around the city it is all about the 500. The Festival Parade on Saturday fills the streets in celebration of the 500. When you go to your hotel the lobby has banners from the 500`s sponsors. Talk in all the restaurants is about; you`ve guest it, The 500.
Take in the atmosphere and the passion for the race and don`t forget to visit the 500 Museum, it`s steeped in racing history. On Saturday we will take you to Gasoline Ally on carburetion day, the race cars of course don`t have carburetors but its all part of the mystic.
If you haven`t experienced the 500 you should go. If you have been, take someone who has not, they will remember it for life.
Friday, May 26:
Upon your arrival into Indianapolis International Airport (IND) make your way to the Hilton Garden Inn, where a three-night stay, including breakfast daily, has been reserved for you. Spend the evening at your leisure.
Saturday, May 27:
Early morning transfer via motor coach to the Speedway to visit Gasoline Alley. (Please note: you must be 9 years of age to enter Gasoline Alley.) Then, take a seat at the start/finish line for the Indy 500 driver introductions. Spend the afternoon at your leisure, or take in the Indy 500 Festival Parade in downtown Indianapolis. Tonight, join us for our race preview party!
Sunday, May 28:
A police escort guarantees a quick trip to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Indianapolis 500. Head to your grandstand seat for all the pre-race entertainment.
Monday, May 29:
Make your way to Indianapolis International Airport (IND) for your return flight home or continue your vacation throughout beautiful Indianapolis. Testimonial Indy 500 This was my 2nd tour with GP tours. As with the first tour our GPT Rep was always on hand to help with any query or to give assistance when required. One of the highlights was the police escort to the track. The whole week-end was just brilliant. Thanks
Airport to Downtown: 15 min
Downtown to Indianapolis Motor Speedway: 2 hrs*
*GPT has arranged for a police escort. With the escort travel time is 15 min. Without the escort travel time is 2 hrs.
Transfer times may vary, due to traffic and weather conditions.
Race Preview Party
On Saturday evening, join us for a race preview party hosted by former Indy car driver, Derek Daly. Enjoy drinks and hors d`oeuvres as Derek brings you the very latest news on the upcoming weekend.
About Derek Daly: Born in Dublin, Ireland, Derek was a professional racecar driver for 17 years.
His working career started at age seven when he sold potatoes from his father`s grocery store. He progressed to become a laborer in the iron ore mines of Australia before chasing his dream of becoming a professional racecar driver.
After 5 years racing in Formula 1, Derek competed at the Indy 500 for the first time in 1983. In 1984, Derek was critically injured in a devastating crash at the Michigan 200. After winning the Sebring 12 hour race twice in 1990 and 1991, he retired from competition and moved to a new career in television broadcasting with ESPN. USA Today called him the "best new face on sports television."
Derek, who lives in Indianapolis covers motor sports on television for, CBS Sports, and Speed Channel, in addition to running his two companies, Derek Daly Design and MotorVation.
The above events are included in tour price.
Race Scanner $45.00
Connect with the Indy 500 - LIVE!
Reward yourself with a Racing Electronics Rental Package - unmistakably enhance your Indy 500 experience.
This all-inclusive kit includes:
* Pre-Programmed Racing Scanner
* Noise-Canceling Headset
* Easy-To-Use Instructions
* Accurate List of Additional Updated Frequencies
2016 price. 2017 price TBC.
Price Per Person
Price Per Person: $1,295.00
Single Use Supplement: $595.00
Extra Night Per Room: $205.00
Price is per person, based on two persons sharing a room. Single supplement is an additional cost per room (for the entire tour) if traveling alone. Extra nights subject to hotel availability.
Hotel Room Types
Double Bed (1 bed) max 2 person(s)
Double for Sole Use max 1 person(s)
Twin beds max 2 person(s)
|Sunday 1-Day Tickets|
|Paddock Stand [+]||$145.00|
These seats are located across from the pits, in rows SS, offering a view of the pit action and the cars accelerating down the front stretch and into Turn 1. Covered bench-style seating.
|Penthouse Stand [+]||$200.00|
Located in the Paddock Penthouse, above the Paddock grandstand, with excellent views of the Start/Finish, the pits and the podium.
|*Tower Terrace Suite [+]||$1,195.00|
Enjoy the Indy 500 from the best seat in the house. This fully enclosed air conditioned suite is along the front straight, on the inside of the track, with a view of the start/finish and Turn 4. Receive VIP treatment with buffet lunch, beer, wine and soft drinks. View the race from your private grandstand outside of the suite or inside on the closed circuit TV. Let the suite staff make your Indy 500 experience one of relaxation and luxury.
|* indicates ticket is on request|
|Tickets are not included with your hotel package and are offered separately as there is usually a choice. Additional options that are not listed here may be available. Please contact our office for details and for race ticket only sales. All prices are quoted in U.S. dollars.|
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