Opening Day

Good morning from IMS.

Today’s Schedule– All times Eastern

8 a.m.-6 p.m.: Public gates open

9-11 a.m.: Veteran Practice

1-3 p.m.: Veteran Refresher Tests

3-6 p.m.: Open Practice

TICKETS: General Admission tickets are $15 for Indy 500 practice days. Children 15 and under are admitted free with paying adult.

PUBLIC GATES OPEN (8 a.m.-6 p.m.): Gate 1, Gate 2, Gate 4, Gate 6S, Gate 7, Gate 7S, Gate 10 and Gate 10A.

PARKING: Free parking for Indianapolis 500 practice is located in Turn 3 and Lot 7 (North 40), in the South Carousel Lot for motorcycle parking and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum Lot for ADA parking.

It is opening day for practice for the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500. Todays ay be the only completely dry day of the week. I expect a lot f running this morning. practice today is different from the rest of the week. The time is divided into three segments- veterans, rookies and refreshers, and free practice for everyone. Stefan Wilson needs to take the refresher test. All other rookies and returning veterans passed their required tests at the Open Test in April.

I like to get as many photos taken on the first day. several cars have special liveries. If you like the color orange, this is your year at the 500. At least five cars have orange in their paint schemes.

Most teams will probably work on race setups today. I don’t think either engine manufacturer wants to show their hand just yet. Has Honda found something to catch up to Chevy?

Notes

USF2000 driver Myles Rowe, who entered last weekend as the points leader, will be able to complete the season thanks to Roger Penske. Penske gave the driver, who was last year’s race for Equality and Change pilot for Force Indy, the funds to finish the season. Rowe needed a cash infusion just to compete last weekend. The kid is talented and deserves a chance.

It sounds like the track is close but not close enough with ticket sales to lift the television blackout on NBC. I am still seeking clarity on whether local viewers could watch the race live on Peacock.

Today I will have posts after each session and about anything else that comes up today.