To help you plan the ultimate Indy 500 at Home social distance porching celebration, we present a shopping guide to carry forward the spirit of May in Indy. Special thanks to our friends at Visit Indy!
Indy 500 at Home
For the first time since World War II, you won’t hear engines revving around the famed oval this Memorial Day weekend. While the 104th running has been rescheduled for August 23, 2020 (get your tickets here!), we don’t want May to pass without celebrating our favorite holiday weekend filled with Indy 500-inspired menus, décor, playlists, and more.
Track Food at Home
- Gallery Pastry Shop (1): Indy 500 stamped macarons, available in a six-pack ($18) and 12-pack ($28). Order: online.
- Goose the Market (2): Memorial Day Burger Sampler Packs and Memorial Day Sausage Sampler Packs available or order a la carte from nine varieties. Rubbed and ready ribs and Wagyu Brisket, too. Order: Online or by phone for pick up or delivery.
- The District Tap (3): The Track Pack features a meal for two plus a six-pack. Order: Call restaurant.
- Bubbatown Burritos: Heat-n-serve breakfast burritos with three styles to start: a race weekend classic, the biscuits & gravy burrito, a vegan hash burrito, and a chicken “tritada” burrito. All burritos are made using local suppliers and quality ingredients. Order:Online starting Monday, May 18, at noon.
- Jockamo Upper Crust Pizza: Pizza with a checkered flag? Yes, please. Special #1 includes a 12-inch one-topping pizza, three breadsticks with one dipping sauce, and two 20-ounce Pepsi products ($15.75). For the larger crowd (or appetite), try special #2, a 16-inch one-topping pizza, six breadsticks with two dipping sauces, and four 20-ounce Pepsi products ($24.95). Both specials include a checkered flag while supplies last. Order: Call restaurant.
- Joella’s Hot Chicken: Picnic Family Pack’s (available in servings of four ($34.99) or eight ($64.99)) feature jumbo chicken strips, award-winning creamy mac & cheese, kid-friendly crispy thin fries, and green beans and bacon. Order: online.
- Love Handle: Brickyard Biscuits & Gravy Family Meal (serves four-six). Order: Call restaurant.
- Rooster’s Kitchen & Centerpoint Brewing: Beer Can Chicken Pack ($45) features one whole Becker Farms pasture-raised, brined, and marinated chicken served with hand-made picnic-style potato salad and a six pack + one can El Gato Mexican Lager from Centerpoint Brewery. Or, if the grill is calling, try the All American Burger Griller Pack ($40) featuring four patties, Amelia’s buns, toppings galore, and a six pack of El Gato Mexican Lager from Centerpoint Brewery. Order online.
- Shoefly Public House: Build your own BBQ family meal with choices including smoked half chicken, Korean Cut Short Ribs, Sirloin Flap Steak, and more. Order: Pre-order via email.
- Traders Point Creamery: BBQ dinner featuring pulled pork, braised greens, mac and cheese, and more. Serves four. Order: Pre-order online with pick up available May 21-23.
- Weber Grill: TheIndy 500 Burger & Rib Sampler Grill Pack ($59.95) includes four beef patties, brioche buns, Wisconsin cheddar cheese, two full racks of baby back ribs, and one bottle of Weber Classic BBQ seasoning for yfor you to grill to your liking. Weber also has a ready-to-eat meal ($69) that includes a choice of salmon or smoked pork chop and choice of two sides. Order online.
Track Beverages at Home
- Bier Brewery (1): Since 2017, Bier has produced an American lager that is ideal for a day at the track. Grab a six-pack of the light, crisp tribute to the month of May for $10.99 at either location.
- Daniel’s Family Vineyard & Winery (2): Four wines at Daniel’s honor the race: The Finish Wine (rosé in cans), Racing Red (semi-dry Estate red), Winner’s White (semi-sweet white wine blend), and Racing Rosé (sweet, light-bodied rosé blend). Available curbside or delivery.
- Miller Lite: Enjoy a refreshing can or bottle of Miller Lite, a classic choice for any porch party and the official beer of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
- Easley Winery: Two special wines celebrate May: Back Home White and Back Home Red. Both are food friendly and perfect for an afternoon on the porch. In addition, you can pick up Kauffman’s 76 and Sweet Barrel White for $7 at curbside.
- Four Day Ray: Ray’s Lager, a crisp brew, is available for $9.99 in a six-pack. The beer is a tribute to Ray Keech, winner of the 1929 Indy 500. Order FDR’s food, beer, and wine for curbside carryout.
- Guggman Haus: On the grounds of Boyle Racing Headquarters, home to three-time Indy 500 winner Wilbur Shaw and other famous teams, Guggman Haus embraces the location’s history with core beers like Wilbur’s Prize Pilsner and Winner’s Milk Jug Stout. As for porching, try Everyday Vacay, Backyard Beach, or Haus Holiday for carryout.
- Sun King: Crossing the finish line Friday is Delayed Start, a raceday lager. Find it on draft and look for it in four-packs for $10 in the coming weeks. Stop by any location for carry out.
Track Gear and Decor at Home
- Indy 500 Collection from The Shop Indy (1): For super-soft shirts, hats, and stickers in both retro and modern designs, check out The Shop Indy.
- Visit Indy Collection from The Shop Indy (2): Show your city pride with “Indy” gear including pocket tees, tanks, glasses, and a new rain jacket (just in case).
- Indianapolis Motor Speedway Checkered Sunglasses (3): These shades are part of the Fashion Friday collection that includes shirts, hats, wristbands, earrings, fanny packs, and anything else you’d need to showcase your fanhood.
- Checkered Crew Socks from Sky Outfitters (4): Feel good about your feet with these themed socks from locally owned Sky Outfitters. For every pair you buy, a pair gets donated to a homeless shelter.
- Flowers from Blooms by Wildwood Market: Dress your table with fresh flowers, greenery, and foraged items sourced locally from farms and woodlands in season. Call or pick up onsite at their outdoor tent in front of their Fountain Square homestead.
- Indy 500-Themed Spotify Playlist: Surround yourself with the sounds of the Speedway. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway put together an Indy 500 themed Spotify playlist to help you celebrate.
- Games: Nothing says May like enjoying good times with friends. Though the main event has been rescheduled for August, you can still join in on the fun of the Indy 500 with these Indianapolis Motor Speedway-inspired virtual puzzles, Indy 500-themed Mad Libs, 500 Festival coloring pages, and classic lawn games like bags and bocce ball.
- “Back Home Again”: Beginning at 2 pm on May 24, NBC will be streaming a special Indy 500 broadcast to commemorate past races and celebrate the upcoming August 23 Indy 500. Tune into “Back Home Again” for re-runs from previous years and special commentary.
- The Handlebar Indy Pedal Pub: Race around Indy on The HandleBar and celebrate Memorial Day weekend your way. Plus, get 10 percent off all food at Ellison Brewery before and after your tour. Tours May 22-31 operate at 50 percent capacity (max eight passengers) and start at $299. Book online.
Straight from the Track
For many, the month of May is a tried-and-true household tradition. Whether you’re typically a regular at the Indy 500, or you usually listen to the race at home with some local brews, consider adding even more tradition to your 2020 celebration with these virtual events straight from the track. See the entire list of virtual events here.
- Virtual Community Day: Steal a sneak peek of the August 23 “Welcome Race Fans” artwork, get to know the history of racing with the IMS Museum, and join the 500 Festival virtual celebrations on Wednesday, May 20.
- Virtual Miller Lite Carb Day: Plan your #SocialDistancePorching with the Harrison Center, partake in #500Fashion, and blast some throwback tunes on Friday, May 22.
- Virtual Firestone Legends Day: Create your own 500 Festival Parade mini float, celebrate Indy 500 heritage with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway digital archive, and meet your favorite drivers during an virtual INDYCAR autograph session on Saturday, May 23.
- Virtual Indy 500 Race Day: Take to the streets for a 2.5-mile bike ride, and let the “Bike to the Track” tradition live on, share your own rendition of the famed “Back Home Again” bravado, and post to social media using #500AtHome on Sunday, May 24.
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