By: Tanner Watkins
May 10, 2019 | 8:00 AM
While each level of the Road to Indy ladder were on track yesterday for testing, the real fun starts today with NTT IndyCar Series practice and qualifications ahead of Saturday’s INDYCAR Grand Prix.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway gates open to the public at 7:30 AM and will stay open until 6:00 PM. With the Road to Indy getting their practice sessions out of the way on Thursday, that will leave Indy Lights, Indy Pro 2000 and USF2000 to qualify and run one race each today.
The three Road to Indy rungs will qualify in the morning before running races in the afternoon – Indy Lights goes green at 1:30 PM Eastern, USF2000 at 2:45 PM Eastern and Indy Pro 2000 at 3:35 PM Eastern.
What most fans will be keeping their eye on, though, is the start of NTT IndyCar Series track action in the month of May. First practice for the INDYCAR Grand Prix will go off at 9:10 AM Eastern with a 45-minute session scheduled for the stars and cars of IndyCar. The second and final full practice session will be held from 12:30 to 1:15 PM for IndyCar before qualifying in the afternoon.
If you can’t make it to the track, both practice sessions can be viewed on NBC Sports Gold’s INDYCAR Pass – which is offering a special $15 off deal during the month of May for a price of $35 for the rest of the season.
Qualifying for the INDYCAR Grand Prix will end the day with the first group rolling off at 4:30 PM Eastern. The conclusion of the Firestone Fast Six shootout should see qualifications come to a close around 5:45 PM Eastern, and qualifying will be shown live on NBCSN.
While the weatherman called for rain during much of the day on Thursday, the forecast looks much better today. Temperatures will be cooler than we have seen recently in Indianapolis with a high of only 60 degrees Fahrenheit in the forecast.
Morning clouds should give way to afternoon sun to help offset the cooler temps, so don’t be afraid to leave work a little early and enjoy some track time. Race day on Saturday is looking a little dodgy with highs predicted in the low 60s and a chance of rain in the afternoon, but we will have more on that tomorrow.
What to Know for Friday, May 10
On-Track Schedule (All times Eastern)
7:30 AM to 6:00 PM | Public Gates Open
8:00 to 8:20 AM | USF2000 Qualifying, Race 1
8:35 to 8:55 AM | Indy Pro 2000 Qualifying, Race 1
9:10 to 9:55 AM | NTT IndyCar Series Practice
10:10 to 10:40 AM | Indy Lights Qualifying, Race 1
10:55 to 11:15 AM | USF2000 Qualifying, Race 2
11:30 to 11:50 AM | Indy Pro 2000 Qualifying, Race 2
12:30 to 1:15 PM | NTT IndyCar Series Practice
1:30 to 2:30 PM | Indy Lights Race No. 1
2:45 to 3:20 PM | USF2000 Race No. 1
3:35 to 4:15 PM | Indy Pro 2000 Race No. 1
4:30 to 5:45 PM | NTT IndyCar Series Qualifications
Provided courtesy of AccuWeather
Projected High/Low: 60/42
Weather: Clouds yielding to some sun; cooler.
Weather Impact Periods: Rain not expected; clouds until 2:00 PM, then partly sunny conditions for rest of the afternoon.
Wind: From the northwest at 8 mph; Gusts up to 12 mph.
Tickets: General Admission, $20. Kids 15 and under are admitted free with adult with General Admission ticket. No reserved seating.
Public Gates Open: Gate 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 7S, 9, 10, 10A
General Admission Stands Open: B Penthouse, E Penthouse, Hulman North Mounds, Hulman South Mounds, North Vista Wheelchair, Northwest Vista (1-10), Northwest Vista Deck, Paddock (9-12), Pit Road Terrace, Tower Terrace (37-42), South Terrace, Turn 2 Mounds, Turn 4 Mounds, South Terrace East. Click here for a map of today’s open stands.
Parking Lots Open: Lots open at 6:30 AM; Free parking is available in Lot 7 (North 40) and Turn 3 Infield. Enter through Gate 10 from 30th Street. Additional paid parking will be available at Lot 1A, Lot 2 and Main Gate for $10. Free ADA Parking is available in Lot 7 (North 40).
IMS Museum (9 a.m.-5 p.m.): Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for fans 6-15 years old, with children under 5 free.
Header image by Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR.
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