The culture and traditions behind the Indianapolis 500 go a long way in establishing it as arguably the biggest racing event of the year, and one of the most prominent is the Snake Pit.
Once a rowdy, uncontrollable infield party, the Snake Pit died down considerably after hitting its peak in the 1980s and 1990s. Indianapolis Motor Speedway has revived it over the past several years, though, turning it into a sanctioned event that still contains much of the original allure and attractiveness.
In 2014, the Indy 500 has taken things to a new level, securing an All-Star concert lineup of Hardwell, NERVO and Dillon Francis:
Let's take a closer look at everything you need to know about this burgeoning annual tradition.
Most attendees of the Snake Pit aren't typically interested in what Helio Castroneves or Ed Carpenter are up to on race day. This should probably give you an idea of the normal atmosphere inside Turn 3:
@Key_furrrr Too busy partying?— Indy 500 Snake Pit (@Indy500SnakePit) May 21, 2014
Indianapolis Motor Speedway has you covered in that instance, offering a $15 ticket to simply get inside the Snake Pit and take in the world's No. 1 DJ.
As the official Twitter account of the event noted, you'll still be able to watch the race in that case:
A general admission ticket for both the Snake Pit and Race Day is $55. You can find all ticket information at Indy50SnakePit.com.
Full Schedule/Artist Lineup
|5:30 a.m.||Indianapolis Motor Speedway Gates Open|
|7 a.m.||Snake Pit Gates Open|
|8 a.m.||Dillon Francis|
|12:15 p.m.||Green Flag|
|Indy 500 Checkered Flag||Snake Pit Concludes|
Indianapolis Motor Speedway president J. Douglas Boles, via Indy500SnakePit.com, discussed this year's tantalizing lineup:
This will mark the fourth consecutive year that we’ve played host to the Snake Pit presented by Miller Lite, which has become one of our most anticipated and appreciated entertainment offerings during Indianapolis 500 Race Day. Hardwell, NERVO and Dillon Francis are among the finest electronic music DJs in the world, and they’ll have the energized Snake Pit party crowd rocking throughout “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”
Hardwell is, of course, the headliner.
How would you grade this year's Snake Pit lineup?
The 26-year-old Dutch DJ was recently named the No. 1 DJ in the world (subscription required) by DJ Mag, a highly coveted spot. Skyrocketing to the top, he has established himself as one of the most popular names in the business. He has nearly 1.5 million followers on Twitter, and his unforgettable 2013 Ultra Music Festival performance has over 23 million views on YouTube.
As if that's not enough, you have Australian sisters Mim and Liv Nervo, who slotted at No. 16 on the above list, while Dillon Francis, who comes in at No. 73, completes the absolutely stacked lineup.
The action on the asphalt at the Indy 500 will continue to be as thrilling as the last 100-plus years, but it's clear the party on the grass will be bigger and louder than ever.