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On Track This Month - 101st Indianapolis 500

For the throngs that spend 11 months of the year the plaintively groaning the phrase "is it May yet??" Their suffering is over. May is finally upon us. Soon place fans everywhere will flock to the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500.

The Month of May is an entity all unto itself, and now with the Grand Prix of Indianapolis out of the way, teams, drivers, manufacturers, and fans can return their attention to the build up to the "big prize", with each on track session over the course of the next 2 weeks leading up to the cornerstone race of the IndyCar season.

Instead of doing a week to week listing, the following is a breakdown of all the on-track sessions for the remainder of the month leading up to race day on May 28th:

Indianapolis 500 Schedule
(all times/sessions subject to weather permitting)

Monday May 15th
PRACTICE
Noon - 2pm - Rookie Orientation Program
2pm - 6pm - Verizon IndyCar Series Practice

Tuesday May 16th - Thursday May 19th
PRACTICE
Noon - 6pm - Verizon IndyCar Series Practice

Friday May 19th
FAST FRIDAY
Noon - 6pm - Verizon IndyCar Series Practice
6:15pm - Pole Day Qualifications Draw, Coca-Cola Stage

Saturday May 20th
INDIANAPOLIS 500 QUALIFICATION DAY
8am - 8:30am - Verizon IndyCar Series Group 1 Practice
8:30am - 9:00am - Verizon IndyCar Series Group 2 Practice
9:00am - 10:00am - Verizon IndyCar Series Full Field Practice
11am - 5:50pm - Verizon IndyCar Series Qualifying - Positions 1-9 Advance to Fast 9

Sunday May 21st
CROWN ROYAL ARMED FORCES POLE DAY
12:00pm - 12:30pm - Verizon IndyCar Series Practice - Positions 22-33
12:45pm - 01:30pm - Verizon IndyCar Series Practice - Positions 10-21
1:30pm - 02:00pm - Verizon IndyCar Series Practice - Fast 9
2:45pm - 04:45pm - Verizon IndyCar Series Qualifying (Positions 10-33)
5:00pm - 05:45pm - Verizon IndyCar Series Fast 9 Qualifying (Positions 1-9)

Monday May 22nd
PRACTICE
12:30pm - 4pm - Verizon IndyCar Series Practice
4:30pm - 7pm - Indy Lights Test Session

Thursday May 25th
INDY LIGHTS FREEDOM 100 PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
9am - noon - Indy Lights Freedom 100 Practice
1:15pm -2:15pm - Indy Lights Freedom 100 Qualifying

Friday May 26th
MILLER LIGHT CARB DAY
11 am - Noon - Indianapolis 500 Final Practice
12:30 pm - INDY LIGHTS FREEDOM 100 (40 laps)
2:00pm - 03:10pm - Tag Heuer Pit Stop Challenge

Saturday May 27TH
LEGENDS DAY PRESENTED BY FIRESTONE
9am - 10am - 2015 Starting Field/Indy 500 Winners Autograph Session, Pagoda Plaza
10:30am - 11am - Public Drivers Meeting, Tower Terrace

Sunday May 28th
101ST INDIANAPOLIS 500 RACE DAY
12:12pm - Start of 101ST INDIANAPOLIS 500 (200 laps)
*Follow along on ABC Starting at 11am ET

OpenWheelWorld will of course be providing coverage all month long,

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You'll also want to follow @indycar, @IMSand the hashtag #Indy500 for the month of May.


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Written 05-21-2017, 06:12 pm
Updated 07-07-2017, 03:02 pm
Written by M. Beer
Photography IMS

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