Historic car schedule set for Indianapolis 500 race weekend


Back for the 2018 Indianapolis 500 race weekend, Indy cars of the event’s past will grace the 2.5-mile oval on both Miller Lite Carb Day (Friday, May 25) and Firestone Legends Day (Saturday, May 26).

One of the best kept secrets that isn’t widely publicized by either the Verizon IndyCar Series or the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, historic car demo laps have become a pleasant fan attraction for those who happen to stumble upon it during Memorial Day weekend at IMS.

With help from the Vintage Indy Registry, we are happy to post these times for cars to be seen on track for both the Friday and Saturday of race weekend.

Check out the times below and visit the historic race car “Gasoline Alley” that is constructed inside turn two in the Hall of Fame Museum parking lot on Carb Day and Legends Day.  All participating historic Indy cars will be on display in this temporary paddock area from Thursday through Saturday of race weekend.

Times for historic car running are integrated into the full day schedule below in bold.

Friday, May 25 | Miller Lite Carb Day

8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Public Gates Open
7:35 a.m. to 8:50 a.m. – Rear Engine Era
7:45 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – Pre-War Era
8:10 a.m. to 8:25 a.m. – Roadster Era
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Verizon IndyCar Series Indianapolis 500 Final Practice
12:30 p.m. – Indy Lights Freedom 100 (40 laps)
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Indianapolis 500 Pit Stop Challenge
3:30 p.m. – Miller Lite Carb Day Concert, featuring Train and Blues Traveler

Saturday, May 26 | Firestone Legends Day

8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Public Gates Open
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. – Indianapolis 500 Full-Field Driver Autograph Session
10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. – Public Drivers Meeting
11:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Roadster Era
11:40 a.m. to 11:55 a.m. – Rear Engine Era
12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Legends Autograph Session
12:05 p.m. to 12:20 p.m. – Pre-War Era
3:30 p.m. – Firestone Legends Day Concert, featuring Sam Hunt, Canaan Smith and Filmore

Image courtesy of INDYCAR Media.

Tanner Watkins


  1. Not sure if you have the Carb Day schedule correct. You show the events starting 25 minutes before the gates even open to the public.

    • Adam,

      Unfortunately this is correct. Some demonstration laps will occur before the public is allowed into the Speedway. Why they do this, I am not sure but it has been the case for at least the last two years.


      • Interesting. I’ve been to the last 3 carb days but I didn’t realize this was the case. Thanks for the info!

        • Adam,
          You are welcome! If you have a Bronze Badge, take a look at what Joseph commented below. I can’t confirm this to be accurate since I don’t use a Bronze Badge but I have heard this from others. Just something to consider.

  2. If you have a bronze badge, you can enter at the credentials gate 1 hour prior to the normal gates opening to the public.

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