Friday, Sep 30

Indianapolis … Carb Day has arrived at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway!

Another Indy 500 tradition is in full swing today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Next to the actual race Carb Day has the highest track attendance! The final practice session before the race, currently held on the Friday before race day, is called "Carburetion Day" (shortened to "Carb Day" since 2000). The name originally came from the fact that it was the final session where teams could tune their carburetors in conditions similar to those that might be encountered on race day. The name has remained despite the fact that no qualified car has used a carburetor since 1963. The day is now similar to most motorsport weekends, as the final practice is accompanied by the a pit stop contest, a support race, and a concert. The Pit Stop Challenge debuted in 1977, the Indy Lights Freedom 100 moved to Carb Day in 2005, and the concerts have been held since 1998. In 1969–1972, Carb Day was held the Wednesday before the race. From 1973 to 2004, Carb Day was held the Thursday before the race. It was moved to Friday before the race beginning in 2005, at which time the Indy Lights race was moved to that day. Prior to 1969, Carb Day was not on a fixed day of the week, instead it was simply scheduled for a nondescript day midway between the final day of time trials and race day, and was sometimes closed to the public.

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SCHEDULE (All times local):

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

8 a.m.: Public Gates Open

8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: IMS Midway Open

8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Historic Racing Exhibition, Museum East Parking Lot

8-9 a.m.: Historic Race Car Laps 

10-10:30 a.m.: Full-Field Freedom 100 Indy Lights Autograph Session - Fan Village

10:45 a.m.: Clint Brawner Award Ceremony - Victory Podium 

11 a.m.-noon: Indianapolis 500 Practice 

12:05 p.m.: Indy Lights Driver Introductions - Victory Podium

12:15 p.m.: Invocation delivered by Pastor Rich Winson

12:16 p.m.: National Anthem 

12:25 p.m.: Drivers Start Your Engines 

12:30 p.m.-1:20 p.m.: Indy Lights Freedom 100 Race 

1:45-3 p.m.: Indy 500 Pit Stop Challenge

2 p.m.: Miller Lite Carb Day Concert Venue Open

3:30-5 p.m.: Blues Traveler Concert - Miller Lite Carb Day Stage, inside Turn 4

5-6:30 p.m.: Train Concert - Miller Lite Carb Day Stage, inside Turn 4

6 p.m.: Public Gates Close

TICKETS: $35 General Admission. Kids 15 and under are free with adult ticketholder.

PUBLIC GATES OPEN: 1, 1B, 2, 3, 4, 5B Media, 6, 6A, 7 Vehicle, 7 North, 7 South, 9, 9A, 10, 10A, 11A, 12

STANDS OPEN: Mounds: Turn 2, Turn 3, Turn 4, Backstretch, Backstretch Family. Stands: A Stand, B Penthouse (22-25), E Stand, E Penthouse, Gasoline Alley Roof, North Vista Wheelchair (21), Northwest (1-4), Northwest Vista Deck, Paddock (12-20), Paddock Penthouse (16-28), Paddock Press Box, Pit Road Terrace, South Terrace, South Wheelchair Deck, Tower Terrace (37-45), Tower Terrace Wheelchair.

PARKING LOTS OPEN: (Outside Lots: 7 a.m., $20, Infield Lots: SOLD OUT.) Paid Daily: 1B, 2, 3G, Main Gate, Parcel B ($75). Limited Free: North 40. ADA: West Museum (prepaid), Hulman Lot (prepaid), Tower/Pagoda (prepaid), North 40 (limited free), Brickyard Crossing (prepaid), Lot 2 (prepaid/paid daily), Lot 3P (prepaid/paid daily).

IMS MUSEUM HOURS: 8 a.m.-6 p.m., $35 IMS Gate Admission for Indianapolis 500 plus Museum Admission ($10 Adult, $5 Ages 6-15, Free 5 and under). Entrance into the grounds is free of charge on non-event days. However, during events the Indianapolis Motor Speedway charges an admission fee or requires a ticket to enter the grounds. This general admission fee or ticket price does not include admission to the Museum.

 

INDIANAPOLIS – Marco fastest

Third generation driver Marco Andretti from the legendary Andretti family was fastest in day 2 of practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Marco has had his struggles here at Indy.  He said he had a great day of practice and well proof was in the pudding. 

Here is practice results from Wednesday May 16th Combined practice results May 16

Thursday at the Track

SCHEDULE (All times local):

8 a.m.-6 p.m.: Ticket and Credential Office Open

10 a.m.: Public Gates Open

11 a.m.-6 p.m.: Indianapolis 500 Practice

6 p.m.: Public Gates Close

TICKETS: $15 (General Admission). Kids 15 and under are free accompanied by adult with ticket.

PUBLIC GATES OPEN: 1, 1B, 2, 4, 5B Media, 6, 7, Vehicle, 7 South, 9A, 10, 10A

STANDS OPEN: Mounds: Turn 2, Turn 3, Turn 4, Backstretch. Stands: B Penthouse (22-25), Gasoline Alley Roof, E Stand (1-4), E Penthouse, North Vista wheelchair, Northwest Vista (1-4), Northwest Vista Deck, Paddock (9-12), Pit Road Terrace, South Terrace, South Wheelchair Deck, Tower Terrace Wheelchair, Tower Terrace (37-42).

PARKING LOTS OPEN: (Inside Lots 10 a.m.) Limited Free: North 40, Turn 3, Lot 3P. ADA: 3P (free), Hulman Lot (limited free), West Museum (limited free), North 40.

IMS MUSEUM HOURS: 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). Entrance into the grounds is free of charge on non-event days. However, during events the Indianapolis Motor Speedway charges an admission fee or requires a ticket to enter the grounds. This general admission fee or ticket price does not include admission to the Museum.

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Indianapolis...

Tuesday opening day of practice for the 102nd Indianapolis 500! We saw the return of fan favorites  Helio Castroneves and Danica Patirick.  Helio Castroneves  Penske teammate Simon Pagenaud was fastest of day!

Today we go into day 2 of practice.

Below is yesterdays results and today's track schedule

Practice Results Day 1 Tuesday 5/15/18

At the Track: Wednesday, May 16

SCHEDULE (All times local):

8 a.m.-6 p.m.: Ticket and Credential Office Open

10 a.m.: Public Gates Open

11 a.m.-6 p.m.: Indianapolis 500 Practice

6 p.m.: Public Gates Close

TICKETS: $15 (General Admission). Kids 15 and under are free accompanied by adult with ticket. On Wednesday, May 16, IMS also would like to thank first responders for all they do. As a thank you, first responders and their families are encouraged to join us for a free day at the track*. Wristbands for pit and garage access will also be available to first responders and one guest** who show their department ID at our trackside credential office. For more information, please contact your department's public information officer.

*Tickets are still required for gate admission. First responders are encouraged to contact their public information officer for more information on how to access tickets.

**Guest must be 18 or older.

PUBLIC GATES OPEN: 1, 1B, 2, 4, 5B Media, 6, 7, Vehicle, 7 South, 9A, 10, 10A

STANDS OPEN: Mounds: Turn 2, Turn 3, Turn 4. Stands: B Penthouse (22-25), Gasoline Alley Roof, E Stand, E Penthouse, North Vista wheelchair, Northwest Vista (1-4), Northwest Vista Deck, Paddock (9-12), Pit Road Terrace, South Terrace, South Wheelchair Deck, Tower Terrace Wheelchair, Tower Terrace (37-42).

PARKING LOTS OPEN: (Inside Lots 10 a.m.) Limited Free: North 40, Turn 3, Lot 3P. ADA: 3P (free), Hulman lot (limited free), West Museum (limited free), North 40.

IMS MUSEUM HOURS: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $15 IMS Gate Admission for Indianapolis 500 practice plus Museum Admission ($10 Adult, $5 Ages 6-15, Free 5 and under). Entrance into the grounds is free of charge on non-event days. However, during events the Indianapolis Motor Speedway charges an admission fee or requires a ticket to enter the grounds. This general admission fee or ticket price does not include admission to the Museum.

Indianapolis.. Will Power was spot on

It was an amazing day for racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the IndyCarGP.

Perfect weather for racing! All levels of Indy Car had races all leading up to incredible performance by team Penske !

Will Power wins his 2nd straight GP at Indy. His strategy with his “Red Tires” was spot on. Power pressed the push-to-pass button at precisely the right moment to give Roger Penske’s his 200th series win!

Power had a late caution period that shrunk his lead, barely won the race off pit lane on the final stop and even drove through some light rain to pull away from Dixion who had great battle in the pack to make it to second by 2.2443 seconds for his second straight IndyCar Grand Prix victory.

Also let’s not forget the other Canadian over at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Robert Wickens, finished third, more than 8.1 seconds off the pace. I said to Robert after the race “Hell of a rookie year your having” His response was simply “The years not over yet” and it may just end with him being the Rookie of the year! Wickens. Despite fading late when he was saving fuel, he has started three races in the top six and finished in the top-five three times. He would probably have four top-five if not for a late crash at St. Petersburg.

Ok time to turn focus to the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500, we do that starting on Tuesday.

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