Zip line to soar above IMS during May
"Ladies and Gentlemen, start your engines."
It's the phrase thousands hear every year on Race Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This year, visitors might as well be hearing this announcement, "Ladies and Gentlemen, start your zip line!"
That's because a 200-foot zip line is coming to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for this year's Indy 500.
"It will be an opportunity to be on a zip line and see cars going by along side of you," said Speedway spokesperson Doug Boles.
The zip line will be suspended 32 feet in the air and run just past Turn 4 for three days - Fast Friday, Pole Day and Bump Day. The cost to ride the zip line will be five dollars.
The zip line opens at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 17, 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 18 and 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 19. It will run until 6 p.m. each night.
"We think its going to offer a cool perspective that hasn't been offered here before and might be a neat sensation to be traveling along side as a 225 mile per hour car is passing you on your right-hand side," explained Boles.
On race day itself, the zip line be set up in the IMS Snake Pit in Turn 3 from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. If you have a wrist band to be in the Snake Pit, you'll have access to the zip line.
"You can ride it as many times as you want that day as long as, you know, first-come, first-serve," said Boles.
While this year's zip line will be a temporary one, depending on how popular it is with the crowds, zip lining at the Speedway could become a regular part of festivities at the track.
"We'll re-evaluate and see where we are and then we could make a decision as well to try and bring it back for other events this year," said Boles.
The track thought about putting in a zip line at last year's race after the one at the Super Bowl Village was so popular. They waited a year, though, and decided to make their zip line shorter.
"We're excited about the idea that we can actually get some turnover there so folks won't have to stand in line nearly as long as they did at the Super Bowl," explained Boles.
If they do though have to wait, it's not like fans won't have other distractions all around them, like race cars going more than 200 miles per hour, heading toward the finish line, while fans wait to ride the zip line.
Snake Pit wristbands can be obtained either at www.indy500snakepit.com or at one of the Snake Pit Tour stops around Indiana this month.