INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, May 15, 2015 – Information about 2015 Indianapolis 500 activity on Saturday, May 16, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
DAY: Indianapolis 500 Qualifications
SCHEDULE (all times local):
7 a.m.Public Gates Open
500 Festival Laps Begin
7:30 a.m.500 Festival Laps End
8 a.m.Verizon IndyCar Series Group 1 Practice Begins
8:30 a.m.Verizon IndyCar Series Group 1 Practice Ends
Verizon IndyCar Series Group 2 Practice Begins
500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard Begins
9 a.m.Verizon IndyCar Series Group 2 Practice Ends
Verizon IndyCar Series (All) Practice Begins
IMS Midway Open
10 a.m.Verizon IndyCar Series (All) Practice Ends
Chevy Pin Distribution Begins, Plaza
Lemonade Day at the Track Begins, Plaza
10:30 a.m.500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard Ends
10:40 a.m.500 Festival Princess Court Lap
11 a.m.Verizon IndyCar Series Qualifying Begins
Chevy Pin Distribution Ends, Plaza
Ivy Tech Garage Tours Begin, Garage 352-
3 p.m.John Andretti “Stinger” Book Signing, Plaza
4 p.m.Lemonade Day Ends, Plaza
5:50 p.m.Verizon IndyCar Series Qualifying Ends
Positions 1-9 advance to Fast 9
6 p.m.IMS Midway Close
Public Gates Close
TICKETS: $20, children 12 and under free.
PUBLIC GATES OPEN: 7 a.m. (local time). Pedestrian gates open are Gates 1, 1B, 2, 3, 4, 6, Media Gate, 7 Vehicle, 7 South Pedestrian, 9, 9A, 10, 10A, 12.
SPECIAL EVENT: A group of young local entrepreneurs met recently with the Verizon IndyCar Series drivers they’ve been paired with to raise funds for charity on Lemonade Day at the Track,May 16 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. A total of 10 lemonade stands will be set up on Pagoda Plaza that day and will be open from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. The young business owners selected to operate the stands will sell their individually prepared beverages to fans attending the first day of qualifications for the 2015 Indianapolis 500. Portions of the proceeds from each stand go to charities designated by the driver teamed with each stand. Among the charities benefitting from the day will be: the Julian Center (Juan Pablo Montoya), Susan G. Komen (Pippa Mann), Indianapolis Humane Society (Will Power, Simon Pagenaud) and Indy Family Foundation (Ed Carpenter).
MILITARY DISPLAY: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will continue its longstanding tradition of honoring our nation’s military during Indianapolis 500 Qualifying Weekend by showcasing an impressive display of military equipment in the IMS Midway on Saturday, May 16, and Sunday, May 17. Presented by the Indiana National Guard, the exhibit includes two Armored Security Vehicles, a Shadow UAV Drone Launcher, three Humvees, a water purification system and a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter.
STANDS OPEN: A Stand (As needed GA – Sec. 1-4), B Stand (As needed GA – Sec. 22-25), B Penthouse (Open GA), E Penthouse (Open GA), E Stand (Open-GA), E Penthouse (Open GA), North Vista Wheelchair (As needed GA, Sec. 21), Northwest Vista (As needed GA, Sec. 1-6), Northwest Vista Deck (Open-GA), Paddock (As needed GA, Sec. 9-18), Paddock Pressbox (Open-GA), Paddock Penthouse (As needed GA, Sec. 9-30), Pit Road Terrace (Open-GA), Southeast Vista (As Needed GA – Sec. 1-3), South Vista Deck (Open GA), South Terrace (Open-GA), Tower Terrace (As needed GA, Sec. 37-42), Tower Terrace Wheelchair (Open-GA), Wheelchair Accessible (Open GA), Backstretch Mounds (Open-GA), Backstretch Family Mounds (Open-GA), Turn 2 Mounds (Open-GA), Turn 3 Mounds (Open-GA), Gasoline Alley Roof (Open-GA)
MUSEUM HOURS: 8 a.m.–6 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for fans 6-15 years old, with children under 5 free. Gate admission to the Indianapolis 500 is not included in Museum admission and must be purchased separately.
8:30 a.m.: 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc., Brickyard Crossing, 4400 W. 16th Street, Indianapolis. Hosted by Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, Verizon IndyCar Series drivers are expected to attend the event featuring the 2015 500 Festival Queen Coronation.
Post Qualification: Each driver, Economaki Press Conference Room.
End of Day: Driver availability, Economaki Press Conference Room.
2015 Ticket Information: Ticket information is available for all racing events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2015 – 99th Indianapolis 500, Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational, Lilly Diabetes 250, Crown Royal Presents the “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400 at the Brickyard and Red Bull Indianapolis GP.
Fans have three quick, convenient methods to buy tickets:
• Online: Visit www.ims.com/tickets. Tickets are available 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
• Phone: Call 800-822-INDY or 317-492-6700 between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday.
• In Person: Visit the IMS Ticket Office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday.
Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are available. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at866-221-8775 for more information.
Information on parking and camping at IMS events is available at www.ims.com/tickets.