"Glamping" offers Indy 500 fans a new experience

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For the first time this May, race fans get a chance to spend all night inside the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In fact, they can spend four nights around Indy 500 race weekend at a campsite that closely resembles hotel accommodations.

IMS is offering "glamping" - or "glamorous camping" - for four nights this May. Fans can camp inside the track in tents with a queen bed, two twin beds or four cots.

About one hundred to two hundred tents will be set up in the infield.  Fans can select their accommodations which also includes a 'lounge,' a movie screen, and even a concierge.  The deal also includes tickets to the race and all events leading up to it.

"Glamping" is the latest offering in an effort to bring a dwindling fan base back to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

"Glamping' is sort of a rage," explains Doug Boles, president of IMS, who spent the night Tuesday with members of the media to preview and promote the new option.

"We really thought it would appeal to the folks in the 25-to-35-year-old range.  But also (there are) people my age or older, in their 40's and 50's, who want to experience Indy 500 weekend spending the night in the grass by our lake."

The cost to "glamp" ranges from $650 to $1000 for four nights, with parking in the infield.  

It's just one of a number of changes taking place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the month of May.

This week, IndyCar announced an addition to the practice schedule and changes to the qualifying format for the 98th running of the Indy 500.  The Sunday before race weekend, the Fast Nine Shootout will determine the pole position.  It's an extra day for fans to see action on the track, say organizers.  

IndyCar also confirmed that a driver who suffers a "hardship" in qualifying by the end of the day Saturday will get another chance to qualify Sunday. 

Information about the tents can be found at the IMS website.