After a hectic qualifications weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the cars and stars of the Verizon IndyCar Series are back at it again today with a 3 and 1/2 hour practice on what is normally one of the most exciting preparation periods during the month of May.
In recapping the last two days at the Speedway, the headlines included hometown hero Ed Carpenter taking his third career Indianapolis 500 pole as he blasted the field by nearly a full mile per hour over his four lap average.
Just as incredible, two drivers were eliminated from the starting field at the conclusion of Saturday’s sessions as fan favorites James Hinchcliffe (No. 5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports ARROW Honda) and Pippa Mann (No. 63 Dale Coyne Racing Donate Life America Honda) will not make race day on Sunday, May 27.
Additional headlines from qualifications include an impressive (but somewhat expected) domination of the Fast Nine from Team Penske as each of their quartet of drivers made the final cut and will start at least 8th or better on race day. The rest of the Ed Carpenter Racing stable, including Danica Patrick and Spencer Pigot, were also strong over the weekend as they will start in the first three rows as well./
As predicted by the no-tow speeds during week one of practice, Honda drivers and teams struggled in qualifications as they only placed two drivers (Scott Dixon and Sebastien Bourdais) inside the Fast Nine while notable names Ed Jones (29th), Graham Rahal (30th) and Alexander Rossi (32nd) all will start in the final two rows of the field.
Today’s final Monday practice before Carb Day is widely regarded as the most exciting day of practice as teams run in large packs of cars to get a feel for the balance of their car in race trim. Fans will be treated to lots of passing and the 33 drivers being a bit more daring than they have been over the last week of fun at IMS.
Practice kicks off today at 12:30 p.m. Eastern and you can learn more about today’s festivities below.
Indianapolis 500 Practice | Friday, May 18, 2018
Stream/Timing and Scoring: RaceControl.IndyCar.com
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Qualification Results from Pole Day: Click Here
Recap from Pole Day: Click Here
Schedule of Events
8 a.m.-6 p.m.: Ticket and Credential Office Open
12:00 p.m.: Public Gates Open
12:30-4 p.m.: Indianapolis 500 Practice
4:30-6 p.m.: Indy Lights Freedom 100 Practice
6 p.m.: Public Gates Close
Tickets: $15 (General Admission). Kids 15 and under are free accompanied by adult with ticket.
Public Gates Open Today: Gates open at 12:00 p.m. and close at 6:00 p.m.; entry points are Gates 1, 1B, 2, 4, 5B Media, 6, 7 Vehicle, 7 South, 9A, 10, 10A
Seating Options: Mounds: Backstretch, Turn 2, Turn 3, Turn 4. Stands: B Penthouse (Sections 21-25), Gasoline Alley Roof, E Stand (Sections 1-4), North Vista wheelchair, Northwest Vista (Sections 1-4), Northwest Vista Deck, Paddock (Sections 9-18), Paddock Penthouse (Sections 10-20), Pit Road Terrace, South Terrace, South Wheelchair Deck, Tower Terrace Wheelchair, Tower Terrace (Sections 37-42).
Parking Lots Open: (Infield Lots: Noon, $10) Limited Free: North 40, Turn 3, Lot 3P. ADA: West Museum (limited free) Hulman Lot (limited free), Tower/Pagoda (limited free), North 40 (limited free).
IMS Museum Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $15 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.
Image courtesy of Chris Owens/INDYCAR Media.