Carb Day- Keep your Rain Checks Handy

Today’s schedule:

SCHEDULE (All times local):

8 a.m.-6 p.m.: Public Gates Open

11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Final Practice- Peacock

2:30-4 p.m.: Ruoff Mortgage Pit Stop Challenge –Peacock

4-6 p.m.: Miller Lite Carb Day Concert (Gates open at 3 p.m.)

TICKETS: General Admission tickets are $40 for Indy 500 Miller Lite Carb Day. Children 15 and under are admitted free with paying adult.

PUBLIC GATES OPEN (8 a.m.-6 p.m.): Gate 1, Gate 2, Gate 3, Gate 4, Gate 6S, Gate 6N, Gate 6B, Gate 7, Gate 7S, Gate 9, Gate 10, Gate 10A, Gate 11A and Gate 12.

PARKING: Limited free parking for Indianapolis 500 Miller Lite Carb Day is located in Lot 7 (North 40) and Lot 7 (North 40) for ADA parking. Paid parking is $20 in Lot 1B, Lot 2, Lot 3G and Main Gate, and $75 in Gate 1. Paid ADA parking is $20 in Lot 3P, Lot 2 and Hulman Lot. Paid motorcycle parking is $20 in South Carousel lot. Bicycle parking is located outside Gate 1, Gate 6 and Gate 9.

Will the second most festive day of May go on schedule? a rainy forecast won’t deter many from coming to IMS.

Weather is the key word of the day. Rain chances are 40% at 11 am and decrease to 30% by 1 pm, when practice is scheduled to end. The chances of precipitation then rise again. There is talk of having a final one hour practice at 9 am Saturday morning. That time would wipe out the autograph session, since the drivers’ meeting is at 10:30 and the drivers must head downtown for the parade immediately after that.

Doug Boles said yesterday morning is to get the cars on track. The Pit Stop Competition might become a victim of the predicted rain. The concert, however, will go on rain or shine unless there is lightning in the area.

If you come to the track, be prepared for wet weather and the possibility of lightning.

I look for the rookies to run a lot of laps to get as much seat time as possible. The cars at the front of the field may not run much at all. I watch for the number of laps a driver runs, how he handles traffic, and their speed.

There are some big announcements this morning, particularly one from Penske Entertainment.

I will have my race preview up in a bit. This is an interesting race to predict. Have a fun day. Stay dry.