Night Before the 500 at Lucas Oil Raceway

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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). The weekend activities begin on Friday with the Dave Steele Carb Night Classic event in addition to the Night Before the 500 on Saturday providing two full days of USAC racing.

Event Dates: Friday, August 21, 2020 and Saturday, August 22, 2020


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 >>

2020 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, August 21st  -- Dave Steele Carb Night Classic
Time Event
7:00 AM Gates Open
8:30 AM Midget Practice 1
9:30 AM Sprint Car Practice 1
10:30 AM Midget Practice 2
11:30 AM Sprint Car Practice 2
12:30 PM Midget Practice 3
1:30 PM Sprint Car Practice 3
3:00 PM Midget Qualifying
4:00 PM Sprint Car Qualifying
TBA Carb Night Classic

* Schedule is tentative and subject to change.

Saturday, August 22nd -- Night Before the 500
Time Event
12:00 PM Gates Open
1:30 PM Non-Qualified Midget Practice
2:30 PM  Non-Qualified Sprint Car Practice
7:30 PM Night Before the 500 Opening Ceremonies
8:00 PM Midget B-Feature
8:20 PM Sprint Car B-Feature
9:00 PM Midget Feature (24 Car Field; 30 laps)
9:30 PM Sprint Car Feature (24 Car Field; 50 laps)

* Schedule is tentative and subject to change.


Tickets & Discounts

Single-day tickets and 2-day packages are both available for purchase at the NHRA event website. Fans may also purchase parking passes and pit passes for the Carb Night Classic and Night Before the 500. 

Ticket Prices

  • $25 for ages 12 and up 
  • $5 for ages 5-11
  • Free for ages 4 and under

Lucas Oil Raceway FAQs


Lucas Oil Raceway offers dry camping for the U.S. Nationals. For more information, call 317-852-5737 or visit the Lucas Oil Raceway website.

Raceview Campgrounds offers camping with hook-ups directly across the street from Lucas Oil Raceway. For more information, call 317-291-4090.


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.