INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Red Bull are taking over Georgia Street in downtown Indianapolis Friday. The event is part of the countdown to the first ever Red Bull Air Race at IMS next weekend.
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Red Bull and IMS will transform Georgia Street for Food Truck Friday. There will be food trucks, a DJ, games, giveaways and a chance to meet a Red Bull pilot. IMS president Doug Boles said Food Truck Friday will be a good way to get fans excited about the upcoming race.
“We love the opportunity to get back out in the community and thank the folks here in central Indiana for all the support they give the events at the speedway,” Boles said. “So it’s a great opportunity to get out and have some fun downtown on a Friday, as the first Friday of fall, and really enjoy some great food.”
IMS is already transforming the track into an FAA-controlled air space. Crews are preparing for the pilots to arrive from all over the world. The Red Bull planes will take off and land inside IMS, flying more than 200 miles per hour while about 50 feet off the ground and navigating large pylons.
On Friday, the Red Bull team will have virtual reality goggles to give fans an idea of what it’s like to fly over IMS.
“You get to put the goggles on, it’s amazing, you actually feel like you’re in an airplane going through the track,” Red Bull pilot Kevin Coleman said. “You get a sense of what it feels like, minus having the G-forces — it’s very cool. You get to look around, you see what you’re looking at in the airplane, you see the pylons, you see the track; it’s a very neat experience.”
Coleman said he’s looking forward to racing at IMS.
“This is a place that I’ve grown up watching; it’s awesome to be here. It’s a very special place for motor sports,” he said.
The Red Bull Air Race is Oct. 1 and Oct. 2. You can buy tickets here.