By: Tanner Watkins
May 15, 2019 | 8:00 AM
With the first day of Indianapolis 500 practice under our belts, it is time for First Responders Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway! First responders are eligible for free admission and pit/garage passes on this day – more on that later.
Tuesday’s opening stanza of preparations for the 103rd Running saw Will Power end the afternoon on top of the leaderboard – just as he did for last year’s 102nd Indianapolis 500. Team Penske was strong on Tuesday, placing three drivers inside the first four spots.
Ed Carpenter Racing was also stout for Chevrolet with both Ed Jones (fastest without a tow) and Ed Carpenter (fifth fastest without a tow) both showing speed in the early going. Andretti Autosport’s brigade of drivers – including Colton Herta, yes we count him – was also quick by placing four representatives inside the top ten.
Today’s on-track schedule is as simple as it can get – the gates open to the public at 10:00 AM and full-field practice begins at 11:00 AM. For the hardcore followers that get to IMS before 11:00 AM, Patricio O’Ward of Carlin Racing will be completing his Rookie Orientation Program beginning at 10:20 AM Eastern.
The weather was absolutely beautiful for Tuesday’s opening day of practice with temperatures in the high 60s and abundant sunshine available. While there is supposed to be a little less sun on Wednesday, temperatures will still hover in the mid-to-high 60s Fahrenheit and provide for a pleasant afternoon.
Rain is not expected to be a threat on Wednesday, and the rest of the week is looking promising as well!
Okay, without further ado, check out our quick overview of the day at IMS below and see you at the track!
What to Know for
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
On-Track Schedule (All Times Eastern)
10:00 AM to 6:00 PM | Public Gates Open
10:20 AM | Patricio O’Ward Scheduled to Complete Rookie Orientation
11:00 AM to 6:00 PM | Full Field Indianapolis 500 Practice
Forecast provided courtesy of AccuWeather
Projected High/Low: 67/48 F
Weather: Mostly cloudy conditions. Chance of Rain: 4%
Wind: From south at 9 mph; Gusts up to 14 mph.
Tickets: $15 (General Admission). Kids 15 and under are free accompanied by adult with ticket. First Responders can receive complimentary practice day tickets for Wednesday, May 15 for a First Responder and one guest.
To receive tickets, each First Responder must visit ims.com/firstresponders. In addition to their tickets, First Responders and guests can visit the trackside credential office May 15, show proof of an employment (i.e. department ID, badge, etc.) and receive a wristband for pit and garage access (good only May 15).
Guests can come to the Ticket Office in the IMS Administration Building to obtain their ticket or go to ims.com/firstresponders on their mobile device and request the print-at-home ticket. The ticket can then be immediately scanned at the gate. Note: Must be over 18 to receive wristband granting pit and garage access.
Public Gates Open: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.: 1, 1B, 2, 4, 5B Media, 6, 7 Vehicle, 7 South, 9A, 10, 10A
Stands Open: Mounds: Backstretch, Turn 2, Turn 3, Turn 4. Stands: B Penthouse (22-25), Gas Alley Roof, E Stand (1-4), North Vista wheelchair, Northwest Vista (1-4), Northwest Vista Deck, Paddock (9-12), Pit Road Terrace, South Terrace, South Terrace East, Tower Terrace Wheelchair, Tower Terrace (37-42).
Parking Lots Open: Limited Free Public Parking: Lot 7 (North 40), Turn 3 Infield; ADA (All Free): North 40, West Museum (Infield)
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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