Good morning race fans! It is hard to believe, but race weekend at the Indianapolis 500 is finally upon us and the festivities are kicking into high gear with Miller Lite Carb Day’s packed slate of events.
The morning will begin at 8:00 a.m. as the gates open at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and cars from the Indianapolis 500’s past take to the track for demonstration laps between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. At 10:00 a.m., the eight participants in the afternoon’s Indy Lights Freedom 100 will be available for autographs in the Fan Village for 30 minutes.
Kicking off at 11:00 a.m., the cars and stars of the Verizon IndyCar Series will hit the historic 2.5-mile oval one final time before Sunday’s 200-lap race. IndyCar teams will have one hour to fine tune their machines in what is expected to be an exciting practice full of multi-car pack runs, live pit stop practice and the best indicator of race conditions we have had all month.
The practice can be watched live on NBCSN and join Mark Jaynes, Anders Krohn and the entire IMS Radio Network crew on the air at 11:00 a.m. on the radio side.
Following conclusion of IndyCar’s 60-minute stanza, pre-race festivities for the Indy Lights Freedom 100 race will begin. Andretti Autosport’s Dalton Kellett was quickest in qualifying on Thursday and will lead Pato O’Ward and the six other competitors to the green flag at 12:30 p.m. Eastern.
Popular sprint car driver Chris Windom was scheduled to compete in the race for Belardi Auto Racing before a testing crash earlier in the month destroyed their Dallara IL-15 tub and left them without a car to use this weekend. It whittles another car off of an already small Indy Lights field.
The race can be seen as part of NBCSN and the IMS Radio Network’s continued coverage.
Finally, track activity for the day concludes with the annual Indianapolis 500 Pit Stop Competition. The competition will be held on pit road in the section north of the Pagoda with action found in front of the Tower Terrace section of grandstands.
Nine teams will be competing in this year’s Pit Stop Challenge. They are the teams of: No. 1 Josef Newgarden (Team Penske), No. 5 James Hinchcliffe (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports), No. 6 Robert Wickens (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports), No. 9 Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing), No. 10 Ed Jones (Chip Ganassi Racing), No. 15 Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing), No. 24 Sage Karam (Dreyer & Reinbold Racing) and No. 27 Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport).
Karam and Newgarden’s crews will compete in the first round while the rest of the entrants will receive byes to the next round. The winner of Karam and Newgarden will face Power’s crew in round two.
To close the day, the Miller Lite Carb Day concert act features Blues Traveler hitting the stage at 3:30 p.m. followed by the main event with Train performing their set by 5:00 p.m. Gates open for the concert area at 2:00 p.m., and coolers are allowed in the concert venue today (they are not for Firestone Legends Day).
As always, stay tuned to Open-Wheels as we get you set for this weekend’s 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500.
Indianapolis 500 Practice | Friday, May 25, 2018
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Schedule of Events
7 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Ticket and Credential Office Open
8:00 a.m.: Public Gates Open
8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: IMS Midway Open; Historic Racing Exhibition, IMS Museum Parking Lot
8:00 to 9:00 a.m.: Historic Race Car Laps
10:00 to 10:30 a.m.: Full-Field Freedom 100 Indy Lights Autograph Session in the Fan Village
10:45 a.m.: Clint Brawner Award Ceremony – Victory Podium
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: Indianapolis 500 Practice
12:05 p.m.: Indy Lights Driver Introductions at Victory Podium
12:15 p.m.: Invocation delivered by Pastor Rich Winson
12:16 p.m.: National Anthem
12:25 p.m.: Drivers Start Your Engines
12:30 to 1:20 p.m: Indy Lights Freedom 100 (40 Laps)
1:45 to 3:00 p.m.: Indianapolis 500 Pit Stop Challenge
2:00 p.m.: Miller Lite Carb Day Concert Venue Opens
3:30 to 5:00 p.m.: Blues Traveler Concert
5:00 to 6:30 p.m.: Train Concert
6:00 p.m.: Public Gates Close
TICKETS: $35 (General Admission). Kids 15 and under are free accompanied by adult with ticket.
PUBLIC GATES OPEN: 1, 1B, 2, 3, 4, 5B Media, 6, 6A, 7 Vehicle, 7 North, 7 South, 9, 9A, 10, 10A, 11A, 12
STANDS OPEN: Mounds: Turn 2, Turn 3, Turn 4, Backstretch, Backstretch Family. Stands: A Stand, B Penthouse (22-25), E Stand, E Penthouse, Gasoline Alley Roof, North Vista Wheelchair (21), Northwest (1-4), Northwest Vista Deck, Paddock (12-20), Paddock Penthouse (16-28), Paddock Press Box, Pit Road Terrace, South Terrace, South Wheelchair Deck, Tower Terrace (37-45), Tower Terrace Wheelchair.
PARKING LOTS OPEN: (Outside Lots: 7 a.m., $20, Infield Lots: SOLD OUT.) Paid Daily: 1B, 2, 3G, Main Gate, Parcel B ($75). Limited Free: North 40. ADA: West Museum (prepaid), Hulman Lot (prepaid), Tower/Pagoda (prepaid), North 40 (limited free), Brickyard Crossing (prepaid), Lot 2 (prepaid/paid daily), Lot 3P (prepaid/paid daily).
IMS MUSEUM HOURS: 8 a.m.-6 p.m., $35 IMS Gate Admission for Indianapolis 500 plus Museum Admission ($10 Adult, $5 Ages 6-15, Free 5 and under). Entrance into the grounds is free of charge on non-event days. However, during events the Indianapolis Motor Speedway charges an admission fee or requires a ticket to enter the grounds. This general admission fee or ticket price does not include admission to the Museum.
Images courtesy of Walter Kuhn/INDYCAR Media.