The first five races of the season are in the books. While some have been better than others, each has provided excitement, drama, and five different race winners. For some fans, the season really begins now. With the Grand Prix now complete, the Month of May takes center stage. The next race on the schedule is the 107th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 28.
Practice begins on Tuesday, in what will be a busy Opening Day at the speedway. Track activity begins early with a two-hour morning session for veterans. A two-hour session will be available for drivers still needing to do their rookie orientation and/or refreshers. That will most likely all be for RC Enerson and Abel Motorsports, who are just putting the finishing touches on their Indy 500-only program. The rest of the afternoon will be open for all teams and drivers to practice.
The next three days will be similar, with a six-hour practice session slated for Wednesday through Fast Friday. Qualifying begins on Saturday, where a majority of the 33 starting positions will be determined. On Sunday, the first four rows will be decided, including pole position for the race. The last row will also be determined, with four drivers competing for the final three starting spots.
Shorter practice sessions will be available on Monday and Friday of the following week, as teams dial in their race setups for the big day. The entire month of work will culminate on May 28, where 33 drivers will have the opportunity to fulfill their lifelong dreams with an Indianapolis 500 victory.
Indianapolis 500 Schedule (Eastern Standard Time)
Tuesday May 16
9:00-11:15 – Veterans Practice
1:00-3:00 – Rookie Orientation and Refreshers
3:00-6:00 – Practice
Wednesday May 17
12:00-6:00 – Practice
Thursday May 18
12:00-6:00 – Practice
Friday May 19
12:00-6:00 – Practice (Fast Friday)
Saturday May 20
8:30-9:30 – Practice
11:00-5:50 – Qualifying
Sunday May 21
11:30-1:30 – Practice
2:00-3:00 – Top 12 Qualifying
4:00-5:00 – Last Chance Qualifying (Bumping)
5:15-5:45 – Firestone Fast Six Qualifying (Pole)
Monday May 22
1:00-3:00 – Practice
Friday May 26
11:00-1:00 – Final Practice
2:30-4:00 – Pit Stop Challenge
Sunday May 28
12:45 – 107th Running of the Indianapolis 500
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