By: Tanner Watkins
May 17, 2019 | 8:00 AM
After a rather uneventful first day of practice on Tuesday, the last two days at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway were anything but status quo. We have seen three crashes in the last two days and the temperatures are rising as the weekend approaches.
Yesterday saw Ed Jones sweep both the overall and no tow leaderboards for Ed Carpenter Racing as the Chevrolet team continues to show strength.
Takuma Sato (P2, 226.699 MPH), Zach Veach (P3, 226.070) and Sebastien Bourdais (P4, 225.996) were strong for Honda on the overall (draft-aided) leaderboard, but Chevrolet dominated the no-tow chart by taking the first five spots.
Jones (P1, 224.957 MPH) was followed by his teammate Spencer Pigot (P2, 224.887), then a couple of Team Penske drivers in Simon Pagenaud (P3, 224.868) and Will Power (P4, 224.858) before Charlie Kimball rounded out the top five for Carlin at 224.797 miles per hour.
McLaren’s Fernando Alonso was noticeably absent from activity on Thursday but is expected to return on Friday.
Today will see the introduction of qualifying boost for the first time in the 2019 month of May. Teams will have the full day Friday to run the elevated boost levels, and fans can expect the best no-tow speeds to near 230 miles per hour. Termed “Fast Friday,” today’s practice is normally a decent handicap to predicting this weekend’s qualifying sessions.
As with the first three days at IMS, the public gates will again open at 10:00 AM Eastern with practice rolling from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. While the gates will not let spectators in following the 6:00 PM hour, those that are already inside the confines of IMS before that time will be able to watch the qualifications order draw at 6:15 PM in the Pagoda Plaza.
And last but not least, the weather. Rain wasn’t in the forecast for Thursday, but it came nonetheless in typical Indiana spring fashion. For Friday, the chances of precipitation are predicted at 25% via Accuweather, so you can’t rule out an afternoon shower like we had yesterday. The temperatures will reach the low 80s and it should be a good precursor to what we could see this weekend.
We look forward to seeing you all at the track today and hope that you enjoyed our daily preview. Check out the day’s schedule, weather and additional notes below.
What to Know for
Friday, May 17, 2019
On-Track Schedule (All Times Eastern)
10:00 AM to 6:00 PM | Public Gates Open
11:00 AM to 6:00 PM | Full Field Indianapolis 500 “Fast Friday” Practice
6:15 PM | Qualifications Order Draw, INDYCAR Fan Village in Midway
Forecast provided courtesy of AccuWeather
Projected High/Low: 85/64 F
Weather: Times of clouds and sun; very warm. Chance of Rain: 24%
Wind: From west-southwest at 10 mph; Gusts up to 15 mph.
Tickets: $15 (General Admission). Kids 15 and under are free accompanied by adult with ticket.
Public Gates Open: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.: 1, 1B, 2, 3, 4, 5B Media, 6, 7 Vehicle, 7 South, 9A, 10, 10A
Stands Open: Mounds: Backstretch, Turn 2, Turn 3, Turn 4. Stands: B Penthouse, E Penthouse, E Stand (1-4), Gas Alley Roof, North Vista Wheelchair, NW Vista (1-4), NW Vista Deck, Paddock (9-12), Paddock Penthouse (10-20), Pit Road Terrace, South Terrace, Tower Terrace (37-42), South Terrace East. Click here for open gates and stands.
Parking Lots Open: Outside lots (Open at 9 a.m.; paid daily parking): Lot 2, Main Gate, Lot 3P. Infield lots (Open at 10 a.m.; limited free): Turn 3 Infield and North 40 (opens at 9 a.m.) Click here for open gates and stands.
IMS Museum: 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).
Header image by Tanner Watkins/Open-Wheels.com.
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