2012 Indianapolis 500 tickets go on sale Tuesday, Oct. 11

2011 Indy 500 winner Dan Wheldon

Tickets for the 2012 Indianapolis 500 go on sale Tuesday, Oct. 11.

The 96th edition of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" is scheduled for Sunday, May 27, 2012.

Race Day ticket prices start at just $30, and fans have three ways to purchase tickets:

•Online: Visit the Tickets section of www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com.

•Phone: Call the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700, or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area.

•In person: Visit the ticket office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street.

Online orders can be made at any time. Hours for phone orders and the ticket office are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday-Friday.

Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are on sale. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at (866) 221-8775 for more information.

Many interesting storylines surround the 2012 Indianapolis 500:

•Helio Castroneves will attempt to become just the fourth driver to win the race four times.

•2011 victor Dan Wheldon and Dario Franchitti each will try to join the prestigious club of three-time winners.

•The unique sound of turbocharged engines will return to the race for the first time since 1996 as part of a new engine-chassis package debuting in the IZOD IndyCar Series in 2012.

•The new Dallara chassis and aero kits also will give the cars a fresh, bold look.

•Popular annual fan attractions also are being planned, such as Miller Lite Carb Day on Friday, May 25, Legends Day on Saturday, May 26 and the Celebration of Automobiles on May 12-13.

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