Good morning race fans! The day has finally arrived as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway lets loose the cars and stars of the Verizon IndyCar Series for the first official day of Indianapolis 500 practice. This will be the first of six weekday practices that precede the 102nd Running on Sunday, May 27.
Each day we will get you ready for practice and qualifications providing headlines to follow, results from the previous day of practice, streaming links which include timing and scoring, and additional insight to the world’s largest single day sporting event. Make sure to follow Open-Wheels on Twitter to keep up with our minute-by-minute updates and catch the latest story entries.
Today, Dale Coyne Racing announced Zachary Claman de Melo as the replacement for Pietro Fittipaldi in the DCR No. 19 Honda. This decision comes after Fittipaldi, 21, fractured both legs in a crash at the famous Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium on May 4.
Claman de Melo will have to pass the Rookie Orientation Program (will be held between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. Eastern) before he is cleared for practice for the rest of the month.
During the ROP session, a rookie has to complete three phases in which he needs to turn 10 laps between 205 and 210 mph, 15 laps between 210 and 215 mph and 15 laps at 215 mph or faster.
Veterans of the series will hit the track from 11:00 a.m. and will play around on the IMS oval until 1:00 p.m. This includes all full-time drivers in the Verizon IndyCar Series.
Additionally, Conor Daly, James Davison, J.R. Hildebrand, Pippa Mann, Carlos Munoz, Oriol Servia and Stefan Wilson will be on track during the ROP session from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. for their Veteran Refresher programs. Veteran refreshers only have to complete parts two (15 laps between 210 and 215 mph) and three (15 laps at 215 or faster) before being cleared for practice.
This all precedes open practice for the full field starting at 3:00 p.m. Practice runs until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time and all 35 drivers are expected to see the track today.
An interesting note: with the Speedway closed on Sunday for Mother’s Day and no practice yesterday, practices this week will begin at 11:00 a.m. instead of the 12:00 p.m. time slot they have occupied in recent years. An extra hour of practice today though Friday helps offset the day missed on Monday.
Check out the quick reference guide listed below. It includes all you need to know whether you are visiting the track today or following online:
Indianapolis 500 Practice | Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Stream/Timing and Scoring: RaceControl.IndyCar.com
Indianapolis 500 Entry List: Click Here
Schedule of Events
8 a.m.-6 p.m.: Ticket and Credential Office Open
10 a.m.: Public Gates Open
11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Indianapolis 500 Veterans Practice
1-3 p.m.: Indianapolis 500 Rookie Orientation Program
3-6 p.m.: Indianapolis 500 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 10:00 a.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 22-25), Gasoline Alley Roof, E Stand (Sections 1-4), E Penthouse, North Vista wheelchair, Northwest Vista (Sections 1-4), Northwest Vista Deck, Paddock (Sections 9-12), Pit Road Terrace, South Terrace, South Wheelchair Deck, Tower Terrace Wheelchair, Tower Terrace (Sections 37-42).
Parking Lots Open: (Infield Lots 10 a.m.) Limited Free: North 40, Turn 3, Lot 3P. ADA: 3P (free), Hulman lot (limited free), West Museum (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 Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR Media.