(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) - The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has announced a scaled-back schedule for the 2010 Indianapolis 500.
Race week will stick to the traditional format, but there will be seven consecutive days of practice including just one full weekend and two days of qualifications.
Pole Day will be Saturday, May 22nd, and Bump Day will follow on Sunday, May 23rd.
But opening day will come a week later than before with practice for rookies and veteran drivers on Saturday, May 15th.
It's similar to the two-week format employed by the "500" from 1998 to 2000. Out-of-town teams, especially, will save money with a shorter stay.
Track activity will resume Thursday, May 27 with practice for the Firestone Freedom 100 race.
Miller Lite Carb Day is Friday, May 28, with the final Indianapolis 500 practice, the Firestone Freedom 100 race, the Annual Pit Stop Challenge for Indianapolis 500 teams and the Miller Lite Carb Day concert.
The 2010 Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for 1:00PM Sunday, May 30.
The month of May at IMS will begin for the second consecutive year with the centennial era balloon festival on Saturday, May 8th and Sunday, May 9th.
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