A little over an hour away down I-65 (or highway 52 to get away from traffic) lies Indianapolis. Indy is certainly not the culture capital of the world, but it does have some things to do not offered in Lafayette, and is much closer than Chicago. Here are a few ideas from those who have ventured to the heart of Indiana. For more info on what to do in Indy check out http://www.circlecity.com/.
The INDY 500, the event that made Indianapolis famous, is less than 70 miles from Purdue. The race is held every year on Sunday of Memorial Day weekend beginning at 11:00 am. Tickets for next year's race go on sale the day following this year's race. You can't see the race too well from the infield but you can party. Race? What race? The partying begins several days before race day and continues until the approximately 300,000 fans and workers finally leave. On race day, scenes of happy people lounging in their recently-constructed beercan lawn furniture in front of their campers with recently-constructed beercan fences outlining their campsites give an indication to newcomers just what they may have missed. Everybody's got a homepage so for additional info, check out http://www.brickyard.com
Besides the race, various “500” Festival events take place throughout the month of May. Many fans say that the time trials, which take place the weekend prior, are better than the race itself.
The two-and-a-half mile oval track sits on 559 acres of ground located seven miles northwest of the center of the Hoosier capital. Besides the annual “500”, the Brickyard 400 is also held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Speedway Hall of Fame Museum (located inside the track between the No. 1 and No. 2 turns) is open 9am to 5pm year-round. Admission for adults is $2.00. Bus rides around the track are available for 50 cents, whenever the course is not being used for competition or test purposes. The 18-hole golf course outside the track and the 9-hole infield course are open April to October.