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Old 07-13-2013, 08:04 AM   #31
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Big is an understatement. From where i camp to where i watch the 500 it's a 1 hour walk MINIMUM. Usually 2 hours if its hot and i've been drinking. Then again i camp at the far end of the coke lot. I cringe at the poor women i see dressed in black shirts wearing high heels, making the long walk across the infield. It can be pouring rain at one end of the track and be sunny and dry at the other, It's big.
Yes, it's a big facility. But any roadracing fan is accustomed to walking. A tour of Road Atlanta is a bigger ordeal than a walk across the perfectly flat IMS grounds. The MotoGP course uses only a small portion of the IMS facility.
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Old 07-16-2013, 11:37 AM   #32
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Glad I found this thread. I won a contest, and will be attending the Indy GP in the Turn 9 club with my 3-year-old son. I know there's a Kid Zone at IMS, but does anyone know of additional activities that my kid will enjoy?
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Old 07-16-2013, 12:11 PM   #33
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My first year at Indy, Monster Energy gave me full access. Including access to the Monster Tech 3 team garages and to the Yamaha Hospitality garage (Had lunch with Rossi's crew that years).
Spent the weekend trying to out-Java Monster Scott Russell...I lost miserably.
This was 2009 and I had the same access as the VIP village folks as a "Guest of Monster/Tech III".

That being said, it is a great way to accidentally get up close and personal with some of the riders. The big names are cordoned off though. Rossi, Lorenzo...they were the top dogs at the time and they had their area roped off and there were a bunch of handlers. I did manage to get my GP Tech Dreamtime replica autographed but it was almost a wrestling match to do so.

Some of the lesser name riders are far more approachable. James Toseland at the time hung out and chatted with fans. Colin came up to our suite and hung out with us for about half the 125 race. Capirex almost ran me over on his scooter and then turned around and came back and apologized. The Mole chatted with my roommate at the time for a good 20 minutes. And The Schwantz was with us. Meaning my roommate got some pics with him.

But all in all, it was one of those things that I would have to debate very hard to repeat. Maybe at a different venue but guys like Simoncelli who would hang out with the fans are getting fewer and far between.

$250 is pretty close to top dollar that I would pay out of pocket for the experience.
I also had the option to watch from the Tech III garage or the suite...neither place was close to being the best seat in the house. That would be the hill on the outside of turn 8. And its general admission. Great views.













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Old 07-16-2013, 12:19 PM   #34
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Yes, it's a big facility. But any roadracing fan is accustomed to walking. A tour of Road Atlanta is a bigger ordeal than a walk across the perfectly flat IMS grounds. The MotoGP course uses only a small portion of the IMS facility.
At most AMA venues, you don't have too park in one spot and hoof it everywhere. If you get motorcycle parking, try to get in the museum lot and not on the backstretch. One year I paid one of the private lots across the street from the S/F line. Much less walking.
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Old 07-16-2013, 01:08 PM   #35
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Glad I found this thread. I won a contest, and will be attending the Indy GP in the Turn 9 club with my 3-year-old son. I know there's a Kid Zone at IMS, but does anyone know of additional activities that my kid will enjoy?
When my kid was three, he really enjoyed the cosplay hookers and high quality blow over at the GenCon convention.
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Old 07-16-2013, 01:10 PM   #36
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When my kid was three, he really enjoyed the cosplay hookers and high quality blow over at the GenCon convention.
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Old 07-16-2013, 01:11 PM   #37
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Well, I bit the bullet and bought an expensive ticket. Thanks for the heads up on the paddock passes.
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Old 07-16-2013, 01:13 PM   #38
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Well, I bit the bullet and bought an expensive ticket. Thanks for the heads up on the paddock passes.
Now, where's the best hotel to stay at? In the past I've stayed in the hinterlands because it was free (hotel points, baby!).
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Old 07-16-2013, 01:40 PM   #39
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Now, where's the best hotel to stay at? In the past I've stayed in the hinterlands because it was free (hotel points, baby!).
There isn't a lot close to the track itself...and that isn't exactly the Ritz over there. Plus there is a comic convention or something, so I would look around Noblesville/Carmel for a room, as long as you are close to 465 you can get to the track in a half hour or so.

Traffic isn't really an issue if you get there in the AM.
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Old 07-16-2013, 01:43 PM   #40
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Personal recommendations...

Drury Inn on the north side (the Ducati nuts will be there)
Embassy Suites on Vincennes

I spent some time in some sleazier joints when I was testing 911 for Sprint there but I wouldn't recommend them unless you haven't had scabies at least once in your life.
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Old 07-16-2013, 01:48 PM   #41
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You could always bring a tent and camp out at the track. It's a good time for the most part as long as the weathers good. The only downside, drunks at 1 a.m finding its a wise idea to see who can hold their bike against the rev limiter longest.
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Old 07-16-2013, 01:59 PM   #42
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You could always bring a tent and camp out at the track. It's a good time for the most part as long as the weathers good. The only downside, drunks at 1 a.m finding its a wise idea to see who can hold their bike against the rev limiter longest.
Camping? In Indiana in the summer? *shudder*

Did I mention that I had a buttload of hotel points?
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Old 07-16-2013, 02:01 PM   #43
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I'll probably end up NW of town like I have in the past.
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Old 07-16-2013, 04:57 PM   #44
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Supermike, It's only once. Stay at the Duc/Yam hotel downtown. That was the Sheretan City Centre when I was there 2011. New York rates, but worth it. NYC doesn't have MotoGP.

Last year I was at some sooshy place too, but it was out on the beltway. I'd rather camp at the track in a tent...
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Old 07-16-2013, 05:05 PM   #45
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Camping? In Indiana in the summer? *shudder*

Did I mention that I had a buttload of hotel points?
Better than camping in Indiana in the winter! It's not that hot at night. Gets hot fast in the morning though.
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