After the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis is in the books, racing doesn’t stop at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – in fact, it’s just getting started. 2014 marks the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, known for many years as the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” or just as the Indy 500.
After the checkered flag flies for the first road course race, practice gets underway on Sunday, May 11, with gates open at 10 a.m. ET and practice on track from noon to 6 p.m. ET. Keep the kids busy with the IMS Kids Zone from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET, and the IMS Midway in the infield from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET. Practice continues throughout the week, with gates opening at 10 a.m. ET Monday through Thursday, May 12 through 15 and at 9 a.m. ET on Friday, May 16; on-track action continues from noon to 6 p.m. ET. Tickets are for practice sessions at the 2.5-mile track are $15 per day.
The magic at the speedway happens on Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18 – qualifying. Gates open at 7 a.m. ET both days, with practice on Saturday from 8 to 11 a.m. ET and qualifying kicking off at 11 a.m. ET. The IMS Kids Zone will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, and the Midway open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET. Sunday kicks off with practice for the Verizon IndyCar Series from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. ET, with qualifying for positions 10 through 33 at 10:15 a.m. ET and Fast Nine qualifying for the first three rows at 2 p.m. ET. Tickets for qualifying are $20 for each day.
Monday, May 19 features a practice session from noon to 5 p.m. ET; gates open at 10 a.m. ET. After a day off from on-track activities, gates open at 9 a.m. ET on Wednesday, May 21 for autograph sessions for both the Indy Lights and IndyCar drivers and the Media Pit Stop Competition; the IMS Kids Zone is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET on Wednesday. The Indy Lights Series is highlighted on Thursday, May 22, with gates open at 8:30 a.m. ET and practice at 9 a.m. ET; qualifying for the series is from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. ET.
Fans looking for something to do on the day off from competition can check out the IMS Hall of Fame Museum, located on Speedway grounds. The Museum is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET each day throughout the month of May. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children 6 to 15 and free for children under 6.
Friday, May 23 is the traditional Indy 500 Carb Day, the last day of practice prior to the big race. Gates open at 9 a.m. ET, with the Midway open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET. One hour of practice from 11 a.m. to noon ET ends all preparation for the Indy 500 teams, while the Indy Lights drivers prepare for their race at 12:30 p.m. ET. Following the Indy Lights Freedom 100, the TAG Heuer Pit Stop Challenge begins at 1:30 p.m. ET, followed by the Coors Light Carb Day Concert at 3:30 p.m. ET featuring Sammy Hagar and Sublime with Rome. Tickets for Coors Light Carb Day are $30.
Mario Andretti, one of the greatest race car drivers ever, will be honored on Saturday, May 24 as part of Legends Day presented by Firestone. Gates open at 8 a.m. ET, with the Indianapolis 500 Memorabilia Show taking place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET. A full-field autograph session begins at 9 a.m. ET, while the Mario Andretti Meet and Greet begins at noon ET (wristbands available at 9 a.m. ET in the Plaza – while supplies last). Additional autograph sessions will be held throughout the day, followed by concerts from Tyler Farr (5:30 p.m. ET) and Jason Aldean (6:30 p.m. ET) on the Turn 4 Infield Stage). Tickets for Legends Day are $10, and tickets for the Jason Aldean concert are $30.
Gates open at 5:30 a.m. ET on Sunday, May 25, with the green flag dropping on the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 at 12:15 p.m. ET. Available tickets for the Indy 500 range in price from $40 to $109.