Today’s Schedule; All Times eastern
Gates Open 9:00am 7:00pm
Last Chance Practice 11:00am 11:30am
Firestone Fast Nine Practice 11:30am 12:00pm
Last Chance Qualifying 1:15pm 2:30pm
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET
Firestone Fast Nine 3:00pm 3:45pm
2:30 PM – 4:30 PM ET
NTT IndyCar Series Practice 5:00pm 7:00pm
4:30 PM – 7:00 PM ET
Paddock, Paddock Penthouse, A Penthouse, B Penthouse , E, E Penthouse, Tower Terrace, Northwest Vista and Deck, Southeast Vista and deck.
Note: only limited sections open in all stands.
North 40 is free. All other lots are paid. $10
Four former winners have a shot at the pole this afternoon in the Fast Nine shootout. That is a routine occurrence. Onf ormer winner will fight to make the field. That doesn’t happen often.
Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Helio Castroneves, and Ryan Hunter-Reay earned a chance to run for the pole this afternoon. Dixon had the fastest time yesterday, Kanaan was third, Castroneves sixth, and Hunter-Reay eighth.
I think the pole battle is between Dixon, Kanaan, and Colton Herta. Dixon is favored, but don’t dismiss Herta’s chances.
On the other end of the field, five drivers, including 2018 winner Will Power, need to qualify for the final three spots in the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500. Power had the 31st fastest time yesterday, but the if three of the other four can outrun him, the 2014 series champion will sit out next Sunday. Power, one of the greatest qualifiers in Indycar history, will get one of the spots, but it may be tight. The cars are competing just against each other today, and not against the rest of the field.
Also looking for a spot on next Sunday’s grid are Simona DeSilvestro, Sage Karam, Charlie Kimball, and R C Enerson.
Stay tuned. this will be a fascinating day at both ends of the field.
Some photos from yesterday: