Officials at the Iowa Speedway say the parking situation is much improved for this week’s Iowa Corn Indy 250. Heavy rains prior to last year’s inaugural race turned many of the parking areas into mud pits. that led to long lines of traffic as people waited for hours to get into the track.

General manager Craig Armstrong says they spent around one half million dollars on the parking lots to upgrade and improve them. He says they’ve installed gravel lanes and areas to park on if it rains, and also have backup plans.

Armstrong says race fans are encouraged to get to the speedway early on Sunday before the race. The parking lots will open at 5 a.m. Sunday to give people a chance to do some tailgating. There will also be free breakfast offered.