|xSCHEDULE (All times local):|
5 a.m.-1 p.m.: Ticket and Credentials Office Open
6 a.m.-4 p.m.: Public Gates Open
7 a.m.: Snake Pit presented by Coors Light Gates Open
8:15 a.m.: Snake Pit – Jauz Begins
8:45 a.m.: Borg-Warner Trophy March to the Bricks Begins from IMS Museum
8:55 a.m.: Borg-Warner Trophy Reaches Checkpoint 1 – South Pit Gate
9 a.m.: DJ Slater Begins on Pagoda 3 Stage
9:05 a.m.: Borg-Warner Trophy Reaches Checkpoint 2 – Pagoda Plaza
9:15 a.m.: Snake Pit – Valentino Khan Begins
10:10 a.m.: Borg-Warner Trophy arrives at Yard of Bricks
10:25 a.m.: “On The Banks Of The Wabash,” Purdue University Band
10:30 a.m.: Cars to Grid
10:30 a.m.: Snake Pit – Subtronics Begins1
0:37 a.m.: Green Flag and Indy 500 Winners Lap
10:44 a.m.: Honorary Starter Receives Green Flag from IU Health Patient – Trackside Stage10:54 a.m.: Historic Cars Lap1
0:55 a.m.: All Cars on the Grid
11:25 a.m.: Military Appreciation Lap
11:47 a.m.: Driver Introductions Begin
12:10 p.m.: U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team Begins Descent12:18 p.m.: Invocation, Archbishop Charles C. Thompson, Archdiocese of Indianapolis
12:19 p.m.: Rifle Volley and “Taps”
12:21 p.m.: “God Bless America,” Angela Brown
12:25 p.m.: National Anthem, Jewel
12:27 p.m.: Flyover – U.S. Air Force F-16 Vipers, 49th Fighter Wing
12:29 p.m.: “Drivers To Your Cars,” Grand Marshal Stephanie Beatriz
12:36 p.m.: “Back Home Again in Indiana,” Jim Cornelison
12:38 p.m.: “Drivers Start Your Engines,” Roger Penske
12:45 p.m.: Green Flag, 107th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge
12:50 p.m.: Snake Pit – Kaskade Begins
2:20 p.m.: Snake Pit – John Summit Begins
HONORARY STARTER: Adam Driver
TICKETS: Reserved seats available at various prices from $69-$144. $50 for General Admission only, no grandstand access and no Snake Pit entry. Kids 15 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a General Admission adult ticketholder. All Snake Pit presented by Coors Light attendees must also hold a valid Indianapolis 500 Race Day ticket. Fans will not be admitted to the track with just the Snake Pit wristband. All Snake Pit attendees must be at least 18 years old.
PUBLIC GATES OPEN (6 a.m.-4 p.m.): Gate 1, Gate 1B.1, Gate 1C, Gate 2, Gate 3, Gate 4, Gate 5N, Gate 5B, Gate 6N, Gate 6S, Gate 6B, Gate 7, Gate 7S, Gate 7N, Gate 9, Gate 10, Gate 10A, Gate 11A, Gate 11B, Gate 11C and Gate
12.PARKING: All Indianapolis 500 Race Day parking is SOLD OUT.
It is race day at last. The gates just opened to Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and the first of the 325,00 fans expected are entering the gates.
Each race day is more precious to me than the last one. I don’t know how many more I have.
I am still sticking with my pick of Pato o’Ward to win the race today. Next come the drivers who gave been fastb in the two practice sessions since qualifications, Alex Palou, Scott Dixon, Takuma Sato, and Will Power.
The weather forecaast calls for moistly sunny skiwes with a high of 77 degrees. Clouds may roll in from the southeast later today, but no rain will interfere with the race.
I spent time after I arrived at the track walking through the pits. It is a magical place in the dark on race morning. I cafeel the ghosts of Shaw, Vukovich, Rose, and the counrtless other drivers who endeavored to win the greatest race in the world.
Here are some of the photos from this morning. Enjoy the race. I’ll be back after the checkered flag with some quick thoughts and have a complete wrap up tomorrow.