Carb Night Classic

"The Race Before the 500"

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This short-track, oval race at Lucas Oil Raceway takes place the evening before the Indy 500 occurs at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS). Carb Night Classic "The Race Before the 500" will feature four great racing series on one big night, the Road to Indy's Cooper Tires USF2000 drivers will take to the track first.

Event Date: Friday, May 28, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. 


Lucas Oil Raceway
10267 East U.S. Highway 136
Brownsburg, IN 46234

Lucas Oil Raceway is 15 miles from downtown Indianapolis and the Indianapolis International Airport in Hendricks County. The nearest towns are Brownsburg, Avon and Plainfield.    Get Directions >>

2021 Schedule

Listed below is a daily preview for the racing events happening at Lucas Oil Raceway. Schedule is subject to change.  View official racing schedule >>

Friday, May 28th --  Carb Night Classic "The Race Before the 500"
Time Event
3:00 PM Pavement Midget Practice
3:30 PM USAC Silver Crown Series Practice
4:05 PM USF2000 Practice
4:25 PM Indy Pro 2000
4:50 PM Pavement Midget Practice
5:20 PM USAC Silver Crown Series Practice 2
5:50 PM Pavement Midget Qualifying
6:25 PM USAC Silver Crown Qualifying
6:55 PM Opening Ceremonies
7:05 PM USF2000 Freedom 75
8:05 PM Indy Pro 2000 Freedom 90
9:05 PM Pavement Midget Race 
9:35 PM USAC Silver Crown Series Race

* Schedule is tentative and subject to change.



Tickets are now available for purchase at the NHRA event website. Fans may also purchase parking passes and pit passes for the Carb Night Classic "The Race before the 500".

Ticket Prices

  • $20 for Adult Tickets  (ages 13+) 
  • $35 for Pit Passes (ages 18+)
  • $10-25 for Parking (depending on location)

Lucas Oil Raceway FAQs

Spectator Rules

Lucas Oil Raceway has added new protocols for fans due to the pandemic. These include face covering requirements, social distancing, health screening, sanitizing and more. Please review the Spectator Rules before attending. This page will be updated if these rules change.


Lucas Oil Raceway offers dry camping for the U.S. Nationals. For more information, call 317-291-4090 or visit the Lucas Oil Raceway website.

Raceview Family Campgrounds offers camping with hook-ups directly across the street from Lucas Oil Raceway. For more information, call 317-852-5737 or visit the Raceview Family Campgrounds website.


Coolers no bigger than 14x14x14 are permitted. No glass containers or alcohol allowed. For more information on permitted items, please view Lucas Oil Raceway's Gate Policy below.

Gate Policy

To find out which items are permitted and prohibited beyond the admissions gates, please refer to Lucas Oil Raceway's Gate Policy or call 317-969-8600.


Parking is available on site after you enter the main gate off U.S. 136 and is $10 per day. To view parking options, download the Lucas Oil Raceway Map.


Lucas Oil Raceway is not located on a public bus line. Most taxi companies and ride share services, like Uber and Lyft, will make runs to the track.


Animals are not allowed at Lucas Oil Raceway. The only exception is made for service animals. 

Seating, Suites and Hospitality

General Admission seating changes daily. There are 3 suite areas; Oval Suites, Parks Tower and Concourse Suites as well as hospitality tents throughout the event. If attending a suite or hospitality area, make sure you know where it is located before attending the event. Learn more about suite amenities and pricing here.


Hotel rooms are still available in Hendricks County. For up-to-date hotel availability and recommendations on where to stay, call the Visit Hendricks County office at (800) 321-9666, email us at or view our list of hotels near Lucas Oil Raceway.

Lucas Oil Raceway & NHRA U.S. Nationals Gear

Find both Lucas Oil Raceway and NHRA event apparel and fan gear at NitroMall.