Monday, Jun 05

Action returns to IMS

Friday, May 11 2077


It's the month of May. That can only mean Indy Car has returned to the World Famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 

Yesterday tire testing for ProMazda Road to Indy,CooperTireUsF2000, and Indy Lights series.

Today the fun begins, as the month of May officially kicks off.

 Today’s action…. Big announcement coming from Conor Daily.

SCHEDULE (All times local)

7 a.m.-6 p.m.: Ticket Office Open

7 a.m.-6 p.m.: Credential Office Open

7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.: Public Gates Open

7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.: IMS Midway Open

8:05-8:25 a.m.: USF2000 Qualifying Session 1

8:40-9 a.m.: Pro Mazda Qualifying Session 1

9:15-10 a.m.: Verizon IndyCar Series Practice 1

10-10:30 a.m.: USF2000 Driver Autograph Session (Fan Village)

10:20-10:50 a.m.: Indy Lights Practice

11-11:45 a.m.: INDYCAR Driver Autograph Session (Fan Village)

11:10-11:30 a.m.: USF2000 Qualifying Session 2

11:50 a.m.-12:10 p.m.: Pro Mazda Qualifying Session 2

12-12:25 p.m.: Indy Lights Driver Autograph Session (Fan Village)

12:30-1:15 p.m.: Verizon IndyCar Series Practice 2

1-1:25 p.m.: Pro Mazda Driver Autograph Session (Fan Village)

1:30-2:30 p.m.: Indy Lights Race 1

2:45-3:20 p.m.: USF2000 Race 1

3:35-4:15 p.m.: Pro Mazda Race 1

4:30-5:45 p.m.: Verizon IndyCar Series Qualifying

6 p.m.: Verizon P1 Award Ceremony

TICKETS: $20 (general admission). Kids 15 and under free when accompanied by adult with ticket.

PUBLIC GATES OPEN (7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.): Gate 1, Gate 1B, Gate 2, Gate 4, Gate 6, Media Gate, Gate 7 Vehicle, Gate 7 South Pedestrian, Gate 9, Gate 9A Credential, Gate 10, Gate 10A

STANDS OPEN: B Penthouse, Backstretch Family Mounds, Backstretch Mounds, Corner 7, E Penthouse, H Stand (as needed), Hulman North Mounds, Hulman South Mounds, J Stand (as needed), North Vista Wheelchair, Northwest Vista 1-10, Northwest Vista Deck, Paddock Penthouse 9-12, Tower Terrace (37-42), South Terrace, South Vista (1-5), South Vista Deck, Turn 2 Mounds, Turn 4 Mounds

PARKING LOTS OPEN, $10 (6:30 a.m.): Lot 1A - Paid Daily, Lot 2 - Paid Daily, Main Gate - Paid Daily, North 40 - Free Public Parking (while available), Turn 3 - Free Public Parking (opens at 7:30 a.m., while available), Free ADA parking will be in the North 40, West Museum Lot (opens at 7:30 a.m.).

IMS MUSEUM HOURS: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission $10 adults, $5 for ages 6-15, free for 5 and under.





Thomas Marquis

Rossi Takes the Checkered Flag in Indy

It’s great to be at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at the Gallagher Grand Prix, the first of 3 races this weekend. We also have the Pennzoil 150 on the road course at IMS. The beginning of the Grand Prix was not without drama. Conor Daly had issues in the pits after running P6. There was an incident between Will Power and Pato O’Ward and Grosjean had some issues in the pits as well. The back end of the cars were slipping and sliding around but straightened up as the race went on. Marcus Ericksson started at the back of the grid but found himself in P2 for a time. And  early on, Jimmy Johnson was taking faster laps than Will Power and found himself in P1 in lap 24.

By lap 49, Herta was out of the race. He said via radio, “I think this is something we can’t fix.”

During the press conference, Will Power was talking about IMS and stated, “It’s always hard starting on the outside of this track…you get freighttrained.” 

Will Power ended up P3 which put him 7th all time leader for podium finishes and 92 career podium finishes. With this 3rd place finish, he took the points lead with 4 races to go. When asked how the season would end up, he stated, “It feels like it always goes down to the last race; [and it is] Impossible to predict in this series.” 46 points separate the top 5, so it truly will come down to the final 4 races this season.

Christian Lundgaard came in P2 for his first podium finish of his career. He stated, “It feels amazing, but the best thing is the team really deserves it….I’m just a guy doing my job, really…This is the right path. We are going in the right direction.” Lungaard turned 21last Saturday and showed a tremendous amount of poise for a 21 year old. One of his presents was a trip to Las Vegas immediately after Laguna Seca. Power suggested that the rest of the group be invited. Lungaard refused to let us know where he would be staying. 

Alexander Rossi led 44 of 85 laps. This was Rossi's 1st win in approximately 1000 days. This was his 8th career win. Rossi said, “We had a solid test here a month or so ago…As challenging as it is for me, it is for them too [speaking of the rest of the team].” Rossi was asked if a weight had been lifted and stated, “Yes. There’s no other way to explain it. You’re as good as your last race. It doesn’t matter how good you are…It’s a very special thing today.” 

It was announced in June that Rossi will be headed to McLaren. Rossi said today during the press conference, “Good thing we don’t have to have the conversation about breaking the losing streak.”

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