INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A ceremony revealing a new entrance gate at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway took place on Wednesday afternoon.
The man doing the honors was reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion, Scott Dixon. He placed the official “Indianapolis Motor Speedway” lettering above the new Gate 1 entryway. Fans got to see the upgrades before they even get to the gate.
A new wing and wheel statue sits in the middle of the roundabout on 16th Street and Georgetown Road. The facility’s official front door has moved to this location and is now west of the former entrance.It features a multi-lane spectator entrance so people can get to their seats quickly. The change on the front straightaway is mostly on the second level featuring new seating, new concessions, new restrooms, new elevators and new suites.
IMS president Doug Boles said there are some small things that still need to be fixed.
“We could operate today if we had to, but we are still cleaning up, we still got punch list items of things,” said Boles. “I know there’s some railings that need to be painted, so we know there are going to be some things that are going to stretch past the Indy 500 but for the most part all of the big stuff is done.”
Weekend upgrades are not finished, but more suites will be erected in the Turn 1 infield once the Grand Prix is over. All the changes are part of the tracks “Project 100,” which is an upgrade to the facility that’s more than $90 million.