Atlanta Motor Speedway's First-Time Fans Guide
In NASCAR, drivers are required to have a yellow rookie-stripe on their bumper when they are new to a series. We want to make sure you don't look like a rookie when you are at Atlanta Motor Speedway—whether it's your first NASCAR race or just your first time visiting our track.
So let us take that rookie stripe of yours off with our First Time Fans Guide. It contains lots of great information to make sure your first time with us is memorable!
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There isn't a bad seat in the house to catch all the high-octane action on the track during the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500. You'll be on the edge of your seat in anticipation as the cars whiz past you at over 195 mph!
Your comfort is our highest priority, and with some of the widest seats in all of sports at 21 inches, you'll be able to stretch out and enjoy the race.
Gates: You can enter Atlanta Motor Speedway at any of the main ticket booth gates and reach any grandstand seating section. The closest gates to each seating section are: Petty - Gates 1 & 15; Earnhardt - Gates 14 & 15; Champions - Gates 12, 13 & 14; Winners - Gates 11 & 12.
Coolers: If you want cheap food and drink at the race, why not bring your own? As the only professional sport in Atlanta that allows you to bring a cooler to a sporting event, your food and beverage can be as cheap as you make it! Pack 'em, except for glass bottles, in a soft-sided cooler no larger than 14"x14"x14" and you are all set.
Concession: We know you have your soft-sided cooler packed to the brim with your favorite frosty beverage, but you're going to need something to snack on! Atlanta Motor Speedway has more than 20 concession stands located throughout the concourse. Serviced by Levy Restaurants, food options include traditional sporting event fair like hamburgers and hotdogs to unique Georgia themed specialty items like the Atlanta Motor Speedway Peanut Butter & Jelly Milkshake. Atlanta Motor Speedway also serves Coca-Cola soft drinks at all of its concession locations.
Souvenirs: Exclusive event weekend tee-shirts, merchandise and souvenir programs are available at souvenir stands near Gates 13, 14 and 15, on the concourse and on the infield. Select stands will have vintage items available in the closeout bin, while other stands will offer a limited number of items from a handful of drivers. Additionally, a wide-range of souvenirs, including driver-specific gear, will be available in the Fanatics tent outside the track, near the Fan Zone.
History: Wander the concourse and see the history of Atlanta Motor Speedway. Located in the Winner's Grandstands, the Winner's Wall highlights the victors of past races at AMS. Don't miss walking across the start/finish line that extends in a straight line from the real one on the track!
Seasoned NASCAR fans suggest first-time fans bring the following for Atlanta's weekend of NASCAR racing:
Comfortable Shoes for Walking
Sun Protection (sunscreen and sunglasses)
Proper clothing for weather conditions
Permanent Markers for Autographs
Cooler (must be 14x14x14 or smaller and may contain no glass objects.)
Portable Radio to Listen to the race broadcast by Performance Racing Network on 92.5 FM "The Bear"
Directions: No matter which way you are driving from, it's easy to get to Atlanta Motor Speedway! AMS is located approximately 30 miles south of downtown Atlanta, on Highways 19 and 41. The physical address is 1500 Highway 19 and 41 Hampton, Ga 30228. Fans traveling to the track south on Interstate 75 may exit at exits 235 and 218 while fans on Interstate 75 north can exit at exits 205, 212 and 218.
Traffic: Contrary to those nightmarish reports you may have heard about race day traffic at AMS, there is some traffic, but it's nothing that leaving to get here early won't fix! Plus, the earlier you get here, the more time you'll have to tailgate and take in all of the fan activities!
FREE Parking: With 887 acres of free parking, save your money for an event t-shirt or an extra hot dog!
Trams: AMS offers shuttle and tram service around the facility, including the Infield. For assistance, please visit the white Fan Assistance tents.
Tunnels: Infield Tunnel access is located: between Turns 1 and 2; under Turn 3 and the Pedestrian Tunnel is located near Gate 15 (please note, Pedestrian Tunnel use requires a grandstand ticket).
Seating: Grandstand entrance portals are conveniently located underneath each grandstand at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Ushers are available to assist fans in finding their seat.
Entering/Exiting: Please note traffic will be routed out of the Speedway the same way in which traffic entered the respective parking lot. For additional information, refer to the following entering/exiting information.
The Fan Zone
The Atlanta Motor Speedway Fan Zone is the place to be before the race! There, you'll find vendors, displays and a whole lot of fun. It is located in front of Gate 13, between the Earnhardt and Champion’s parking lots, just outside of the grandstands. Anchored by the Folds of Honor QuikTrip Fan Stage, the Fan Zone offers activities and entertainment for all ages. You can easily access the Fan Zone by utilizing the FREE shuttle and exiting at Stop 1.
Folds of Honor QuikTrip Main Stage
Don’t miss the entertainment throughout the weekend on the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Fan Stage. A full slate of weekend activities is highlighted by NASCAR Driver Question and Answer sessions on Saturday and Sunday. Plus, a full band, trivia and celebrity appearances make the fan stage the place to be before the race. Click here for a full schedule of main stage events.
Dedicated to the kids in attendance, the Bojangles’ Kids Zone provides games and fun activities geared towards kids before the race.
If you were a fan of the souvenir haulers, you’ll love the all-new souvenir-shopping experience in the Fanatics tent. Grab a basket on your way in, do your shopping, and check out all in one place. Plus, you can also pick up any race weekend necessities you might have forgotten at home, like sunscreen, sunglasses, hats and more!
Your race weekend experience won’t be complete without leaving the track with some fancy new AMS souvenirs! You can get event merchandise like tee shirts, hats and memorabilia to commemorate the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500. Plus, you can get the official 2017 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 souvenir program at any of the merchandise locations on the concourse, on the infield or at the souvenir trailers. Purchase the program package, and get a coupon for $5 off a purchase of $30 or more in AMS merchandise.
With more than 50 vendors in the Fan Zone, there is sure to be something to spark your interest. Plus, visit the Chevrolet display to see the see the latest 2017 vehicles and participate in the Chevrolet driver Q&As scheduled throughout the weekend.
Driver autograph opportunities: Check our Web site, each driver's website, local newspapers and television for driver appearances/autograph sessions taking place around Atlanta prior to the race. Please keep in mind that on race day, drivers, like all athletes, are concentrating on the task ahead and are rarely available.
Scanner/FanVision Rentals: Listen in first-hand to the communications between drivers and crew chiefs by renting a scanner and headphones or a FanVision device! They are available for rent at Atlanta Motor Speedway souvenir haulers at Gates 1, 12, 13,14 and 15.
Driver Introductions: The stars of NASCAR parade across the stage for a memorable moment prior to the racing action.
Can I bring a cooler? Yes, coolers are allowed. They may be made of any material, as long as they are 14x14x14 or smaller. And please note, no glass is allowed. As always, please allow extra time to enter the gates if you are carrying in a cooler, as all bags are subject to search.
Can I bring alcoholic beverages into the speedway? Unless you are seated in a grandstand section that is designated as a no-alcohol family section, you are welcome to bring alcoholic beverages. No glass containers are allowed.
Can I purchase items with my debit/credit card? Souvenir merchants accept most major credit cards, but concession stands accept cash only. There are however, multiple ATMs on-site at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Is there parking at the speedway? Yes, there is plenty of FREE PARKING at Atlanta Motor Speedway. We have 887 acres, and there is plenty of room for everyone who wants to park on our grounds to do so. Be aware that if you are being charged to park, you are not on Speedway property. We do not encourage parking off of Speedway grounds, because we cannot assure that you will be exited from the Speedway in a timely manner.
Is handicap accessible parking available? Handicap accessible parking is available in front of the ticket office, Champions Parking lot and on the front row of all general public parking lots. Handicap accessible transportation is available at all gates. If you have any special handling needs, please notify us at 770-707-7904 prior to arriving at the track for information and directions.
Are there any shuttles available for those who need extra assistance? Shuttle service for those with special needs is provided. Speedway officials will be patrolling the parking lots throughout the weekend in golf carts marked "Fan Assistance." They also have information booths at the entrance to each parking area from perimeter road.
Are there ATM machines at the speedway? Yes, there are several located beneath the grandstand seating area.
Where do I pick up my tickets? During NASCAR events, Will Call tickets may be picked up at any open ticket booth. You will need a valid form of identification to pick up your tickets. During non-event times Will Call is located in the main ticket office.
Questions regarding Will Call should be directed to the Ticket Department at 770-946-4211.
Where do I pick up credentials?
Credentials can be picked up at the credential trailer, which is located outside Turn 3.
Is camping available? We have a variety of camping options available, both in reserved and unreserved lots during race weekend. Camping spaces are available, while supplies last, for RV, pop-up and tents. For information call 770 946-4211 or visit our camping information page.
Are hotels close by? We encourage fans to check out our list of preferred hotel partners, who have agreed to partner with us by offering fans reasonable rates and not requiring multiple-night stays during race weekend. Don't forget to mention you are an Atlanta Motor Speedway customer when reserving your rooms!
What is the weapons policy? AMS prohibits weapons of any type on property at all times regardless of permit.
Take The Rally Bus!
Book a Rally bus to Atlanta Speedway for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 and get to the track and back by letting someone else do the driving!
All buses are BYOB with fully equipped restrooms and comfortable seats. Pickup locations are located throughout Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and Tennessee!
Travel is better together!