Fast Friday

Today’s schedule:

Gates Open 10:00am 6:00pm

Indianapolis 500 Practice 12:00pm 6:00pm

Stands open:

B Penthouse (17-25), E Penthouse, E Stand (1-4), Paddock (9-12), Paddock Penthouse (10-20), Tower Terrace (37-42), Tower Terrace ADA

Some parking lots that have been free the first three days of practice ,like Lot 2, are now paid parking lots. Check the map at

An extra 85-90 horsepower will push speeds near or slightly above the 230 mark today as teams will work on qualifying setups on the day before qualifying begins. Weather will be a factor as the temperatures will be in the mid to upper 80s the next three days.

The Buzz

Early last week I wrote about how there was no buzz around the 500 this year. That is no longer true. I am now excited and have that nervous race day excitement. It began with the GMR Grand Prix, and turned on fully this Tuesday at the first day of practixce. Just seeing the cars run the oval in May did the trick. It also helped that my good friends, Frank and Nola Proctor, who usually attend the race with me, were here for the first two practice days. Qualifying weekend will ramp up my excitement even more.

Gasoline Alley continues to be virtually empty. It is a bit unnerving to see it like this during May, bu I like being able to move through the garages unimpeded by crowds. I would almost prefer the usual amount of people there. It adds to the feeling of May.

Look for a revisited “Bump Tales” episode in the next couple of hours. Enjoy the speed.