103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500

The TODAY Show meets Fort Wayne’s NBC Today

Fort Wayne’s NBC News took a trip down to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Thursday morning ahead of live coverage from The TODAY Show and this weekend’s 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500.

2019 Indy 500 Schedule

Tuesday, May 14 – Opening Day

  • 10 a.m.-6 p.m.: Public gates open
  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Veteran practice
  • 1-3 p.m.: Rookie Orientation Program, veteran refresher tests
  • 3-6 p.m.: Open practice

Wednesday, May 15 through Thursday, May 16 – Practice

  • 10 a.m.-6 p.m.: Public gates open
  • 11 a.m.-6 p.m.: Open practice

Friday, May 17 – Fast Friday

  • 10 a.m.-6 p.m.: Public gates open
  • 11 a.m.-6 p.m.: Open practice
  • 6:15 p.m.: Qualifications draw

Saturday, May 18 – Crown Royal Armed Forces Qualifying (Bump Day)

  • 8-9:30 a.m.: Practice
  • 11 a.m.-5:50 p.m.: Qualifying (order based on draw, top 30 locked in field at end of day)

Sunday, May 19 – Crown Royal Armed Forces Qualifying (Pole Day)

  • 10:15-10:45 a.m.: Fast Nine Shootout practice
  • 10:45-11:15 a.m.: Last Row Shootout practice
  • 12:15-1:15 p.m.: Last Row Shootout qualifying (order based on original draw, one attempt per car)
  • 1:15-2:15 p.m.: Fast Nine Shootout qualifying (order based on Saturday times, slowest to fastest, one attempt per car)
  • 3:15-6 p.m.: Open practice, all 33 qualified cars

Monday, May 20  – Practice and Indy Lights test

  • Noon-6 p.m.: Public gates open
  • 10-11:30 a.m.: Indy Lights test
  • Noon-2 p.m.: Indianapolis 500 open practice
  • 2:30-4 p.m.: Indy Lights test

Thursday, May 23 – No public access

  • 10-10:45 a.m.: Indy Lights practice
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m.: Indy Lights qualifying

Friday, May 24 – Miller Lite Carb Day

  • 8 a.m.-6 p.m.: Public gates open
  • 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Indianapolis 500 final practice
  • 1 p.m.: 17th Freedom 100 (Indy Lights)
  • 2-3:30 p.m.: Indy 500 Pit Stop Challenge
  • 3:30 p.m.: Miller Lite Carb Day Concert begins, Turn 4 infield

Saturday, May 25 – Legends Day presented by Firestone

  • 8 a.m.-6 p.m.: Public gates open
  • 9-10 a.m.: Driver autograph session, Pagoda Plaza
  • 10:25 a.m.: Public drivers’ meeting, Tower Terrace
  • 3:30 p.m.: Firestone Legends Day Concert begins, Turn 4 infield

Sunday, May 26 – Indy 500 Race Day

  • 6 a.m.-one hour post-race: Public gates open
  • 7 a.m.: Indy 500 Snake Pit presented by Coors Light begins, Turn 3 infield
  • 12:30 p.m. start time: 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge

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