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Indianapolis Motor Speedway Schedule for the Month of May

Here’s the schedule for the rest of the month of May at the Indianapolis 500. I’ll be out here, blogging for my own personal blog, so if you can make it, stop by and enjoy the time at the track.

The real diehards are showing up during practice, so if you want to get a close-up look at the drivers, and see some of the action in the pits, stop by during practice or qualifications and you can see what Indy racing looks like.

FRIDAY, MAY 21, 2010

Fast Friday ($5, 5 and under free)
8 a.m.-6 p.m. — Public Gates Open
11-11:30 a.m. — Q&A with Tom Carnegie, Coca-Cola Stage
11:30-11:45 a.m. — Ask The Expert (Curt Cavin), Coca-Cola Stage
Noon-6 p.m. — Indianapolis 500 Practice, Rookies Noon-2 p.m., Veterans 2-6 p.m.
1-2 p.m. — Live Music by Jon E. Gee Band, Coca-Cola Stage
3-4 p.m. — Live Music by The Elms, Coca-Cola Stage
6:15 p.m. — Qualifying Draw, Pagoda Plaza

SATURDAY, MAY 22, 2010

Pole Day/Coca-Cola Music Fest ($10, 5 and under free)
7 a.m.-6 p.m. — Public Gates Open
8-10 a.m. — Indianapolis 500 Practice
10:30-10:45 a.m. — Ask The Expert (Curt Cavin), Coca-Cola Stage
11 a.m.-6 p.m. — Indianapolis 500 Qualifications (Positions 1-24)
1-2 p.m. — Live Music by Healing Sixes, Coca-Cola Stage
3-4:30 p.m. — Live Music by Eddie Money, Coca-Cola Stage

SUNDAY, MAY 23, 2010

Armed Forces Day/Bump Day ($10, 5 and under free)
8 a.m.-6 p.m. — Public Gates Open
8:30-8:45 a.m. — Ask The Expert (Curt Cavin), Coca-Cola Stage
9-10 a.m. — Live Music by Rapid Fire, Coca-Cola Stage
— Indianapolis 500 Practice
10:15-10:40 a.m. — Armed Forces Enlistment Ceremony
Noon-6 p.m. — Indianapolis 500 Qualifications (Positions 25-33)
1-1:30 p.m. — Q&A with Johnny Rutherford, Coca-Cola Stage
3-4 p.m. — Live Music by No More Goodbyes, Coca-Cola Stage

MONDAY, MAY 24 – TUESDAY, MAY 25

No Track Activity

WEDNESDAY, MAY 26, 2010

American Family Insurance 500 Festival Community Day ($7, 6 and under free)
9 a.m.-6 p.m.
— Public Gates Open
— Public Track Laps (Enter at 30th Street Gate)
— Vintage Car Display, Pit Lane
— Hot Wheels Downhill Racing Track and Show Cars/Little Racers Track, Flag Lot
— Princess Sashes/Spray Tattoos, N Lot
— Garages & Tech Bay Open/Suite Tours, Gasoline Alley
10 a.m.-Noon — IZOD IndyCar Series Pit Stop Practice, Gasoline Alley
11 a.m. — 500 Festival Community Day Pin Distribution, Photo Shop, Pagoda Plaza
11 a.m.-Noon — Autographs with Firestone Freedom 100 drivers, Legends Row
Noon-1 p.m. — Media Pit Stop Competition, Pit Lane
12:30 p.m. — Autograph Session 1 Wristband Distribution, MotoGP Garage 36
1:30-2:30 p.m. — Autographs with Session 1 of Indianapolis 500 Drivers, Pagoda Plaza
2 p.m. — Autograph Session 2 Wristband Distribution, MotoGP Garage 36
3-4 p.m. — Autographs with Session 2 of Indianapolis 500 Drivers, Pagoda Plaza
3:30 p.m. — Autograph Session 3 Wristband Distribution, MotoGP Garage 36
4:30-5:30 p.m. — Autographs with Session 3 of Indianapolis 500 Drivers, Pagoda Plaza

THURSDAY, MAY 27, 2010

Firestone Freedom 100 Practice/Qualifications (Free)
9 a.m.-6 p.m. — Public Gates Open
9-9:45 a.m. — Firestone Freedom 100 Practice
11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — Firestone Freedom 100 Practice
3-4 p.m. — Firestone Freedom 100 Qualifications

FRIDAY, MAY 28, 2010

Miller Lite Carb Day/Firestone Freedom 100 ($10, 5 and under free)
8 a.m.-6 p.m. — Public Gates Open
10:30-10:45 a.m. — Ask The Expert (Curt Cavin), Coca-Cola Stage
11 a.m. — Firestone Pin Distribution, Photo Shop, Pagoda Plaza
11 a.m.-Noon — Indianapolis 500 Practice
12:06 p.m. — Firestone Freedom 100 Pre-Race Ceremonies
12:30 p.m. — Firestone Freedom 100 Race (40 Laps)
1:30-3 p.m. — Indy 500 Pit Stop Challenge, Pit Lane
3:20 p.m. — Vintage Car Laps
3:30 p.m. — Miller Lite Carb Day Concert with ZZ Top, Miller Lite Stage

SATURDAY, MAY 29, 2010

Public Drivers’ Meeting (Free)
8 a.m.-6 p.m. — Public Gates Open
9-10 a.m. — Autographs with Indianapolis 500 Drivers, Pagoda Plaza
10:30-11 a.m. — Public Drivers’ Meeting, Tower Terrace
Noon-2 p.m. — IPL 500 Festival Parade, Downtown Indianapolis

SUNDAY, MAY 30, 2010

Race Day (Tickets start at $20)
6 a.m.-6 p.m. — Public Gates Open
8 a.m. — Spectacle of Bands
10:40 a.m. — 500 Festival Princess Lap
11:15 a.m. — “On the Banks of the Wabash,” Purdue University Band
— Cars To Grid
12:30 p.m. — Driver Introductions
1 p.m. — Indianapolis 500 Mile Race (200 Laps)

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