The long wait's finally over!
The Supercars are about to hit the Newcastle street circuit, roaring around the East End in front of 150,000 fans from Friday to Sunday.
If you're lucky to enough to be heading along, here's everything you need to know.
HOW TO GET THERE?
Organisers are pleading with fans to catch public transport, as traffic is going to be a nightmare in the city. and once you get into town, good luck finding a park.
Your Supercars ticket includes free travel on public transport over the three days. Nearly 100 extra trains will be running throughout the event.
Once you get to Newcastle Interchange, you can either walk along the waterfront to the East End, or hop on a shuttle bus to take you to the Honeysuckle Drive bus precinct. These buses will be running regularly from 6:00am to 11:00pm. You'll then have a 1.1km walk to the main gate.
For more info on the trains visit transportnsw.info.
Park and ride facilities will be operating at Stockton and McDonald Jones Stadium. Fans can park at Stockton Wharf and catch the ferry across the Harbour to Queens Wharf. Keep in mind, parking will be at a premium. Same deal at the Stadium.
You can also catch a bus. From 6:00am to 11:00pm on the Friday to Sunday, buses that usually run towards Watt Street at the Foreshore will terminate at a bus precinct located on Hunter Street at Auckland Street. For more info on buses head to newcastletransport.info.
The Stockton Ferry will be constantly running during the event.
Friday: every 5 to 15 minutes between 07:30 and 23:00.
Saturday: every 5 to 15 minutes between 07:30 and 23:00.
Sunday: every 5 to 15 minutes between 07:30 and 19:00.
The advice is to leave the car at home, however if you are planning to drive expect big delays especially on Newcastle Road, Griffiths Road and Lambton Road.
Major roads into the CBD will be closed. Most roads east of Bolton Road will be closed daily from 7am to 7pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Sections of Wharf road will be closed for the entire duration of the event.
Stewart Avenue will be closed northbound from Stewart Avenue on Saturday and Sunday from 6am to 10pm to help with bus movements from Newcastle Interchange to the Honeysuckle bus precinct.
An accessible drop off zone will be located on Scott Street between Wolfe Street and Perkins Street. From there attendees with accessibility needs can best access the event via the accessible lifts at the main Gate 1 access pedestrian bridge at Gate 2 on Hunter Street at Watt Street. You can access this drop off zone via the following roads:
From the South: via Darby Street, King Street, and Wolfe/Newcomen streets, or via Memorial Drive, High Street, Reserve Road and Wolfe/Newcomen streets
From the West: via King and Wolfe/Newcomen streets
From the North & North West: via Industrial Drive, Hannell Street, Stewart Avenue, King Street and Wolfe/Newcomen streets.
A temporary Taxi rank will be located on the western side of Perkins Street between King Street and Hunter Street mall for the duration of the event.
WHAT TIME IS THE RACING?
Gates open at 7:45am on Friday and 7:15am on Saturday and Sunday.
ARE TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE?
Grandstand and Pit Lane Walk tickets are sold out.
However you can still grab GA trackside tickets. Click here for details.
Kids aged 12 and under are free!
WHERE ARE THE BEST SPOTS ON THE TRACK?
If you're not in a grandstand or corporate box, finding a good spot around the track is vital. If you've got a GA ticket, the best spots to catch the racing are around Turn 3 at the top of Shortland Esplanade, Turn 6 near the Newcastle Beach pedestrian underpass and Turn 11 near Nobbys Beach.
WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING?
Fans can meet the Supercars drivers and get autographs from 9:30am-10am on Saturday and 9:45am-10:15am on Sunday. They'll be at the Foreshore Park concert stage area.
The RAAF will be doing a flyover with F/A-18A Hornets and the E-7A Wedgetail just before the main races at around 3:15pm to 3:30pm.
If you're taking young kids, check out the Disney-Pixar Cars Pit Stop in Pacific Park. Younger fans will be able to see the new-look Lightning McQueen along with Mack the Transporter.
Racers young and old can also test their speed at the new Crazy Eights Raceway with races held every 15 minutes.
There'll also be a giant, double-lane inflatable slide.
The Coopers Roll Bar will be set up in the inside of Turn 10 - The Hairpin, offering a prime viewing position to catch all of the on-track action.
DOING A PIT LANE WALK?
If you haven't got a ticket yet - tough luck, they're sold out! If you do have one, you need to meet at Foreshore Park, on the right hand side of the stage. You'll enter via Pit Entry and exit at Pit Exit and escorted back through Pit Gate A. Arrive 10 minutes before the start of your session. Late-comers won't be allowed and won't get a refund.
The Pit Walk lasts about 10 minutes. You can only attend the session which is printed on your Pit Lane Walk ticket.
Here are the times:
SESSION 1 –8.20am
SESSION 2 – 9:50am
SESSION 3 - 3:45pm
SESSION 1- 7:45am
SESSION 2 – 11:30am
SESSION 3 – 6:00pm
SESSION 1- 7:50am
SESSION 2 – 11:40am
SESSION 3 – 1:20pm
WHO'S GOING TO WIN?
Every driver is in with a chance. It's a level playing field as no one's completed a lap around the Newcastle track yet. However the Newcastle 500 holds extra significance for some drivers as it's the series grand final.
Red Bull Holden Racing Team ace Jamie Whincup leads the Supercars championship by 30 points from Shell V-Power Racing Team youngster, Scott McLaughlin.
McLaughlin will need to finish several places in front of Whincup in either race to overtake the six-time champion and claim the 2017 Supercars title.
STICKING AROUND FOR THE CONCERTS?
Foreshore Park will play host to concerts on both Friday and Saturday nights.
Delta Goodrem and The Veronicas will perform on Friday, while Cold Chisel, Spiderbait and The Owls will rock out on Saturday.
The Veronicas - 6.05pm-7.05pm
Delta Goodrem - 7.35pm-8.50pm
The Owls - 5.50pm-6.20pm
Spiderbait - 6.45pm-7.30pm
Cold Chisel - 8.00pm-10.00pm
Times and artists subject to change.
Due to the size of the Newcastle 500 precinct, the concert zone has limited capacity. This means, for safety purposes, the amount of people in the concert zone will be limited.
To access the concert you must collect a concert zone wristband from one of the four information booths located throughout the event precinct. Wristbands can only be collected on the day for that night's performance.
For more info on the concerts visit supercars.com/newcastle/whats-on/concerts.
WHAT CAN/CAN'T YOU BRING?
You can bring your own food and drinks into the racing precinct. However leave the grog at home. Glass bottles and glass containers are also banned. Drink containers with the manufacturer's seal broken also aren't allowed.
Chairs, lounges, benches and stools are banned. However you can bring a folding chair or folding stool.
Keep the pets at home too. Only assistance dogs are allowed.
Bikes, skateboards, roller blades and scooters are also banned.
IS IT GOING TO RAIN?
The weather's looking pretty good over the three days, so no wet and wild racing. There's just a slight chance of a shower on Sunday.
Friday - Mostly sunny, 26
Saturday - Partly cloudy, 26
Sunday - Possible shower, 27
HERE ARE SOME RANDOM FACTS
ABOUT THE TRACK
• Build length: 6 weeks in, 3 weeks out.
• 43.1 km of different types of fencing being used around the track precinct (roughly the same distance from the track to Maitland)
• 1550 concrete barriers weighing a total of 6,200 tonnes
• Temporary Structure Cover: 11,890 SQM (All tents, covers, corp)
• On average, one catering staff member walks the equivalent of Newcastle to Gosford over the three event days
• The concert bars will use around nine tonnes of ice
• The corporate guests will consume over six tonnes of locally sourced meat
• Over 12,000 knives and forks will be used in the corporate suites
• Over 15,000 hours of local labour will be used by catering staff for the event
• 750 volunteers involved with 2017 Coates Hire Newcastle 500
• 4000 students attending the event for free on Friday