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ROAD TRIPS FOR RACING FANS

Head to Indianapolis for three of racing's biggest events -- the Indy 500 on May 29, the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix on June 19 and the Brickyard 400 on Aug. 7.

Behind-the-scenes grounds tours are offered at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway periodically, including June 24-26, July 2-4, July 14-17, July 28-31, and Aug. 13-14.

Or take the basic track tour offered by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum, where you'll also find 75 racing cars on display.

For information about visiting Indianapolis, go to www.indy.org or call (800) 323-4639.

For racing fans with other destinations in mind, Mobil Travel Guide's 2005 NASCAR Travel Planner ($19.95) offers recommendations on what to see, where to stay and where to eat in the 31 NASCAR-sanctioned tracks around the country,

If you're headed to South Carolina for either the Talladega Superspeedway race on May 1 or the Darlington Raceway event on May 7, check out the visitors tips in the April/May issue of Racing Fan magazine.

Recommendations include eating at Betty's Bar-B-Q in Anniston, a favorite of locals and teams at Talladega, and bringing an old bike to get around Darlington, where race-day road traffic can be unbearable.

Fans who attend races at Virginia's Martinsville Speedway will want to note the track's new drink policy.

Visitors can now buy 12-ounce cups of beer from concessions once the races begin, but you can bring no more than a six-pack of 12-ounce cans (of any type) into the park in a cooler. The change in cooler policy was made in part to speed entry to the grandstands by giving gate security less to search through.

Associated Press

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