US GP spectator information

INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, June 14, 2004 - Information for spectators attending the United States Grand Prix on June 18-20 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway: TICKETS: Reserved-seat tickets for the 2004 United States Grand Prix remain available and...

INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, June 14, 2004 - Information for spectators attending the United States Grand Prix on June 18-20 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway:

TICKETS:

Reserved-seat tickets for the 2004 United States Grand Prix remain available and can be purchased online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com or by calling (317) 492-6700 or (800) 822-INDY.

Among the reserved seats are new bleachers in two exciting locations: outside Turn 6 at the north end of the facility, and between Turns 10 and 11, directly behind the Speedway's Hall of Fame Museum.

USGP spectators who purchase an infield bleacher seat for 2004 will have one of the closest views among all F1 venues worldwide of Formula One's exotic cars and skilled drivers at work. The front of the Turn 6 bleachers will be approximately 50 yards from the edge of the track, and the Turn 10 bleachers will be close, as well.

General admission tickets are available for Friday, June 18 for $10 and Saturday, June 19 for $20. A combination general admission ticket for Friday and Saturday is $25. A combination general admission ticket for Friday, Saturday and Sunday is $60.

Children 5 and under are admitted free Friday and Saturday.

Ticket office hours through Race Day, Sunday, June 20 (all times local, EST)

*June 14-16: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

*June 17-19: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

*June 20: 6 a.m.-noon

PIT WALKABOUT:

Race Day ticket holders have the rare opportunity to get an up-close look at the Formula One pits during a free pit walkabout from 8 a.m.-noon (local time, EST) Thursday, June 17.

The 2003 USGP pit walkabout, the first of its kind at Indy, was a major success with thousands of Formula One fans streaming onto the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's legendary pit lane to get an up-close view of Formula One cars and team members.

Several drivers, such as six-time World Champion Michael Schumacher and 2000 Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya, and notable team members such as Ferrari Technical Director Ross Brawn, briefly appeared unannounced to sign autographs.

United States Grand Prix ticket holders must display their race ticket for admission to the walkabout. No separate walkabout passes will be issued.

GATES and SECURITY:

*Gates open at 7 a.m. (local time) Friday, June 18 and Saturday, June 19, and 6 a.m. Sunday, June 20.

*Fans are encouraged to get to the track early to avoid delays.

*All coolers, backpacks and handbags will be subject to security inspection.

FAN GUIDES:

*The United States Grand Prix Fan Guide, which is free, will be available beginning Monday, June 14 at a number of locations around the Indianapolis area, including: the Indianapolis International Airport; the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's ticket office and Hall of Fame Museum; local Marsh Supermarkets and Firestone tire retail stores; and various hotels, restaurants, tourist attractions and other locations. During the event, Fan Guides will be available for free at each gate.

The event includes the USGP event schedules, Formula One driver and team information, Indianapolis Motor Speedway information and a list of events taking place in the community during the "Grand Week in Indy" celebration.

IN THE COMMUNITY:

"Grand Week" in Indianapolis:

*Indianapolis will be alive with numerous cultural events the week of the United States Grand Prix. A full range of activities, from live music festivals, food festivals, art exhibits, theatre, ballet and gala social events are planned as part of the "Grand Week in Indy," celebrating the fifth running of the United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis. For a complete list of activities, log on www.indy.org/usgp or www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com. CARA Charities Shop Tour:

*CARA Charities will conduct its "Third Annual Shop Tour and Celebrity Dinner" starting at 3:30 p.m. Friday, June 18. Open-wheel racing fans will have the unique opportunity to tour the shops of Walker/Patrick Racing and Riley Technologies and meet Phil Hill, the 1961 Formula One World Champion, Juan Carlos Perez, marketing director of Shell Formula One Motorsports, and Dr. Hugh Scully, president of International Council Motorsports Science.

The tour begins at the famed Columbia Club on Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis. The Columbia Club's address is 121 Monument Circle. Private buses will transport the guests to the racing shops with special tours and question-and-answer periods. The guests will return to the Columbia Club for a cocktail party, buffet dinner and presentations by Hill, Perez and Scully.

Tickets are $150 and benefit CARA Charities' many initiatives that serve both the general public and the racing community. Call (317) 299-2277 or e-mail carachar@aol.com for information and reservations.

Grand Prix Memorabilia:

*The Fifth Annual Grand Prix of Motorsports Memorabilia show will take place from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, June 19 at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis. Rare racing memorabilia, including books, photos, programs, artwork, models and other items will be on sale. Admission is $5 per person.

Downtown Car Cruises and Displays:

*The Grand Weekend Car Cruises in downtown Indianapolis will feature some of the world's fastest and most exotic street automobiles. At 3 p.m., 5:45, 6:45 and 7:45 p.m. Friday, June 18 and at 5:30, 6:15 and 7:45 p.m. Saturday, June 19, passenger car clubs featuring world-famous brands such as Ferrari, Jaguar, BMW, Porsche and Corvette will tour downtown.

The route will provide great viewing for the public, free of charge, along Maryland Street, around Monument Circle, up to the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and St. Clair Street, and back to the zoo via Meridian, Ohio, Capitol and Washington streets.

Ferrari cars will be on display at Monument Circle from 4-7 p.m. June 18 and Jaguar will be on display on the Circle from 1-7 p.m. June 19.

USGP Car Corral:

*Visitors to IMS during Saturday and Sunday USGP activities also can view more than 200 exotic vehicles up close at the IMS Car Corral from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Race Day, Sunday, June 20. Cars will be on display in the Corral throughout the day Saturday, June 19.

The corral will be located on the backstretch of the Speedway's famous 2.5-mile oval.

PARKING:

*Parking for both automobiles and motorhomes is available at a variety of Speedway lots outside the track. There is no public parking inside the track during this event. To access complete parking information for the United States Grand Prix, log on to www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com and click on the Tickets icon at top, or contact the Speedway ticket office at (317) 492-6700 or (800) 822-INDY.

*Passenger car parking is $20 per day, or a two-day event parking pass can be purchased in advance for $40. A four-day event parking pass can be purchased in advance for $50.

*Motorhome parking is available for $40 per day in select parking lots. A four-day parking pass is available for $120 or $150 at the Main Gate Lot, located across 16th Street from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's main entrance.

*Parking also is available at private residences, primarily in Indianapolis neighborhoods north of IMS and in the Town of Speedway, west of the track, usually for a fee.

CAMPING:

*Camping is available in the Speedway's Lot 1, located west of the Speedway's oval Turn 4, and Lot 3, located just southeast of the track across 16th Street from the Brickyard Crossing Golf Resort and Inn. Log on to www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com or call (317) 492-6700 or (800) 822-INDY to make reservations. Camping is not available in the IMS infield.

*Above-ground charcoal and propane-based grills are permitted. Ground fires are strictly prohibited in the designated camping lots.

TRANSIT SERVICES:

*Fans are encouraged to travel to and from the Speedway on the IndyGo public transit services, which are available all three days of the event. IndyGo Track Express shuttle service leaves from the Indianapolis Airport and downtown Indianapolis on a regular basis. More information can be obtained by calling IndyGo at (317) 635-3344 or on the IndyGo Web site, www.indygo.net.

COOLERS:

*Coolers are welcome but limited to 14 inches wide by 14 inches long by 14 inches high. This policy will be strictly enforced.

GLASS CONTAINERS:

*Fans are welcome to bring their own beverages onto the Speedway grounds, but glass bottles and glass containers are strictly prohibited.

CAMERAS/CAMCORDERS:

*Photography and personal video equipment (camcorders) are permitted, including during the Pit Walkabout on Thursday, June 17.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Ferrari