IMS opens this weekend with the Indy Grand Prix

The gates of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway open back up in less than two weeks with the Indy Grand Prix race.  Gates open Friday May 12th at 7:30AM with practice and qualifying for the USF 2000, Pro Mazda, Indy Lights Series and the Verizon IndyCar Series. 

This is the 3rd year that Grand Prix race kicks off the month of May with several practices, qualifying, autograph sessions and more for fans to enjoy the weekend. This is the first year though that there is no clear sponsorship for the race and IMS President Doug Boles has said that they are looking to secure sponsorship for future races and the road course race will not go away.

On Monday May 15th, IMS officials will transform the track from the road course to the iconic oval course for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500.  Practice starts that day at 12PM for teams.

Below is the weekend schedule for opening weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  Tickets are still available online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com

 

Friday May 12

  • 07:30am – Gates Open
  • 07:55am – 08:15am – USF2000 Qualifying 1
  • 08:30am – 09:00am – Pro Mazda Qualifying 1
  • 09:15am – 10:00am – Verizon IndyCar Series Practice 1
  • 10:15am – 11:00am – Indy Lights Practice
  • 11:00am – 11:45am – Verizon IndyCar Series Drive Autograph Session – Fan Village in IMS Midway
  • 11:15am – 11:35am – USF2000 Qualifying 2
  • 11:50am – 12:10pm – Pro Mazda Qualifying Session 2
  • 12:25pm – 01:10pm – Verizon IndyCar Series Practice 2
  • 01:15pm – 01:30pm – Verizon IndyCar Series Pit Stop Practice
  • 01:45pm – 02:15pm – Indy Lights Qualifying
  • 02:17pm – USF2000 Driver Introductions
  • 02:30pm – USF2000 Race 1 (40 Minutes)
  • 03:12pm – Pro Mazda Driver Introductions
  • 03:25pm – Pro Mazda Race 1 (40 Minutes)
  • 04:20pm – 05:35pm – Verizon IndyCar Series Qualifying
  • 05:35pm – Verizon P1 Award Ceremony
  • 05:37pm – Indy Lights Driver Introductions
  • 05:50pm – Indy Lights Race 1 (60 Minutes)
  • 07:30pm – Gates Close
  • 07:30pm – 11:00pm – Diary of a Wimpy Kid Movie Premiere – Pagoda Plaza

 

Saturday May 13th

  • 07:30am– Gates Open
  • 07:30am– IMS Midway Open
  • 08:05am– Pro Mazda Driver Introductions
  • 08:15am– Pro Mazda Race #2 (50 Minutes)
  • 09:20am – 09:50am– Indy Lights Qualifying
  • 09:52am– USF2000 Driver Introductions
  • 09:52am– USF2000 Race #2 (40 Minutes)
  • 11:00am – 11:30am– Verizon IndyCar Series Warm-Up
  • 12:35pm – 01:00pm– Sam Schmidt and Mario Andretti Race Autonomous Cars
  • 01:00pm– Indy Lights Driver Introductions
  • 01:15pm– Indy Lights Race #2 (70 Minutes)
  • 02:50pm– Cars to the Grid
  • 02:55pm– VIP Introductions
  • 03:00pm – 03:30pm– Bronze Badge Grid Walk – Enter/Exit through Victory Podium and South Pit Gate
  • 03:00pm – 03:15pm– Driver Introductions
  • 03:26pm– Invocation given by Mark Schuitema
  • 03:27pm– National Anthem performed by Forever In Your Mind
  • 03:43pm– “Start Your Engines”
  • 03:50pm– INDYCAR Grand Prix (85 Laps)
  • 06:00pm– Post-Race Track Invasion
  • 07:00pm– Gates Close
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