Media Credentials

2017 Request for Media Credentials

The month of May in Indianapolis is almost here. We hope you plan on joining the 500 Festival for our numerous events and programs. Requests for media credentials should be made by filling out an official 500 Festival Credential Request Form (below) from the Editor, News Director or News Assignment Editor.

A media credential does not mean “all access.” Pay close attention to your credential and instructions provided on it. In addition, due to existing contractual agreements, there are restrictions on live broadcasts of some 500 Festival events. Freelance journalists may be asked to submit a printed copy or tape of their most recent coverage. Should you have any questions, please contact:

Sabrina List, Vice President of Marketing & Communication at or (317) 614-6141.


Media Credential Distribution

Media credentials will be distributed at least one week before the requested event. Indianapolis-area media will receive media credentials through their Editor, News Director or News Assignment Editor. Regional or national media will receive media credentials directly from the 500 Festival. Members of the media must wear their credentials and carry valid photo identification when covering 500 Festival events.

500 Festival Media Access Guidelines

Media credentials are required for all 500 Festival events. Additionally, the events below have restrictions and require media credentials for access to certain areas:

  • 2017 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, Saturday, May 6. Credentials provide you access along the course, not on the course, so as to not interfere with the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon or live television coverage of the event. A restricted media area is provided for working TV media at the finish line, located on the north side of New York Street. Reporters and photographers not part of the live broadcast are not allowed directly in front of the finish line. Members of the 500 Festival’s media relations team will assist reporters and camera crews in obtaining interviews at the finish line. Winners and other elite athletes will be escorted to you. No vehicles, bicycles, scooters or transportation of any kind are allowed on the course.
  • 2017 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc., Saturday, May 20. An Indianapolis Motor Speedway® credential will grant you access to the Speedway and into the Pagoda Plaza/Chalet area. 500 Festival credentials will provide entry to the Breakfast at the Brickyard.
  • 2017 IPL 500 Festival Parade, Saturday, May 27. Media credentials provide access along the parade route, not in the VIP/TV Zone, located on Pennsylvania Street between Michigan and Vermont streets. This area is exclusively for television crews with media credentials designating “TV PRODUCTION.”