Posted 18 January 2020 - 17:49
Ok you need to allow an extra day in case it rains on Sunday
If you can get there on Thursday rather than Friday then you can also go to Carb Day as well
In terms of places to stay, there isn't much near the track, there are loads of options down town or near the airport.
I stayed in the outskirts of Carmel which was about 20 minutes drive to the track. Depending on where you're staying, if you're driving on Sunday arrive early otherwise you'll be stuck in traffic, Speedway High School offers parking for $20. There are other unofficial car parks around and locals rent out front yards. Similarly be prepared to wait after the race, and ( as I found out last year) the police close roads which sat nav phone did not recognise.
Cant comment on downtown Indy, but I'd recommend the IMS Museum as something to do. And there are places to eat in Speedway High Street
For race tickets sit as high in the turns as you can, I was near top of NE Vista in turn 3 and had a fantastic view