(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) – The lead-up to the Indianapolis 500 officially starts today with a busy day at the IMS.
Indy 500 practice starts at 11 a.m. this morning with a veteran’s only session which will also include drivers who passed their rookie orientation at the late-April testing session. Rookie orientation will take place from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. this afternoon and then from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m., everyone will be allowed to run practice laps.
Practice sessions run through Friday. Qualifying begins this Saturday a little before Noon and will run until 5:50 p.m. Saturday will decide positions 10 through 30 as well as who will compete in the Fast 9 on Sunday.
Sunday will see both Bump Day and Pole Day combined. The Fast 9 drivers will compete for the pole position from 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Then an hour later qualifying will run until 5:50 p.m. to decide who will fill positions 31 through 33 and who will be bumped out of the field.