By: Tanner Watkins
May 9, 2019 | 8:00 AM
Can you believe it, race fans? Tomorrow the gates to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway open for the first time in the month of May for fans to take in practice at the track. While the Indy faithful will have to wait until Tuesday to see Indianapolis 500 preparations begin, there is more than enough going on this weekend with the INDYCAR Grand Prix.
Now I will preface this write-up by saying today’s sessions are not open to the public – meaning there are no designated stands or mounds available for fans around the track to take in the Road to Indy tests, with the exception of one location.
As always with each test session, fans can take in the action by visiting the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s parking lot and mounds inside Turn 2. The vantage point from this location (near the IMS Museum) is great for any day in May and we recommend fans check out the Turn 2 mounds at least once during the month of May.
Today the floor will belong to the stars of tomorrow: the Road to Indy’s three ladder series. Each rung on the Road to Indy ladder – Indy Lights, Indy Pro 2000 and USF2000 – will get a chance at two test sessions on Thursday plus one official practice session in preparation for this weekend’s INDYCAR Grand Prix.
During the INDYCAR Grand Prix, each of the three series will run two races that count towards their respective 2019 championships.
On Thursday, USF2000 will kick off testing with a 50-minute session that begins at 8:00 AM Eastern time. Each session throughout the day will be 50 minutes in duration with the exception of the official practices in the afternoon.
Both Indy Pro 2000 and USF2000 will get 30 minutes of practice time between 3:45 and 5:00 PM Eastern while Indy Lights will close the day with a 45-minute session.
With all of that being said, consistent on-track activity for today is in jeopardy. Mother Nature is forecasted to make her presence felt on Thursday with thunderstorms being a threat all day long.
AccuWeather is predicting temperatures to hover around the 68 degrees Fahrenheit mark throughout the day with thunderstorms rolling in as early as 9:00 AM Eastern time. Clouds will be prevalent all day while the greatest chance for rain is scheduled for 2:00 PM Eastern.
The early forecast for Friday looks a bit clearer for track activity but cooler for fans to deal with. We will have more on that tomorrow.
Regardless of what happens with the weather, take comfort in knowing that May is here and cars will be on track today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway! Check out today’s schedule below and how to stay up-to-date with the Road to Indy’s proceedings for Thursday, May 9.
Thursday, May 9, 2019
8:00 to 8:50 AM | USF2000 Test Session 1
9:05 to 9:55 AM | Indy Pro 2000 Test Session 1
10:10 to 11:00 AM | Indy Lights Test Session 1
11:15 AM to 12:05 PM | USF2000 Test Session 2
1:35 to 2:25 PM | Indy Pro 2000 Test Session 2
2:40 to 3:30 PM | Indy Lights Test Session 2
3:45 to 4:15 PM | USF2000 Practice 1
4:30 to 5:00 PM | Indy Pro 2000 Practice 1
5:15 to 6:00 PM | Indy Lights Practice 1
Weather for Thursday, May 9, 2019
Provided courtesy of AccuWeather
Projected High/Low: 69/48 F
Weather: Cloudy, a couple of showers and a heavy thunderstorm; not as warm. Rain accumulation totals of approximately 0.93 inches.
Weather Impact Periods: Thunderstorms between 9:00 and 10:00 AM, plus a chance of afternoon storms around 2:00 to 3:00 PM.
Wind: Breezy from the south at 10 mph; Gusts up to 17 mph.
Forecast Link for May 9, 2019
Header image by Matt Fraver/INDYCAR.
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