United States GP Schedule for inaugural event announced

INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, Aug. 11, 2000 - The event schedule for the inaugural SAP United States Grand Prix was unveiled today, with the Formula One race starting at 1 p.m. (EST) Sunday, Sept. 24 and qualifying at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23. ...

INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, Aug. 11, 2000 - The event schedule for the inaugural SAP United States Grand Prix was unveiled today, with the Formula One race starting at 1 p.m. (EST) Sunday, Sept. 24 and qualifying at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23. Practice will start at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 22. Two support series, the Porsche Pirelli Supercup and the Ferrari Challenge, will take place along with the Formula One race. Porsche Pirelli Supercup races start at 3 p.m. Sept. 23 and 9:20 a.m. Sept. 24. The Ferrari Challenge race starts at 10:50 a.m. Sept. 24. One of the highlights each day will be a Formula One historic car parade at the circuit. Famous Grand Prix cars from different eras will parade on the course for 15 minutes each day. Parades will take place at 5 p.m. Sept. 22, 4 p.m. Sept. 23 and 11:20 a.m. Sept. 24. The SAP United States Grand Prix is the first Formula One race in the United States since 1991. It will take place on a new, 2.606-mile road circuit that incorporates the main straightaway and Turn 1 of the historic oval at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Finishing touches are being placed on a multimillion-dollar construction project to build new facilities for the Grand Prix, including the new Pagoda control tower, a four-story Media Center, Formula One garages and the road circuit.

<pre> 2000 SAP UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX SCHEDULE (All times Eastern Standard, -5 hours GMT) (Subject to change)

FRIDAY, Sept. 22

7 a.m.                  Gates open
9-9:45 a.m.             Porsche Pirelli Supercup practice
11 a.m.-noon            Formula One practice
1-2 p.m.                Formula One practice
2:30-3 p.m.             Porsche Pirelli Supercup qualifying session #1
4:15-4:45 p.m.          Porsche Pirelli Supercup qualifying session #2
5-5:15 p.m.             Formula One historic car parade
5:30-6 p.m.             Ferrari Challenge practice

SATURDAY, Sept. 23

7 a.m.                  Gates open
9-9:45 a.m.             Formula One practice
10:15-11 a.m.           Formula One practice
1-2 p.m.                Formula One qualifying
3-3:45 p.m.             Porsche Pirelli Supercup race #1
4-4:15 p.m.             Formula One historic car parade
4:30-5 p.m.             Ferrari Challenge qualifying

SUNDAY, Sept. 24

6 a.m.                  Gates open
8:30-9 a.m.             Formula One warm-up session
9:20-10 a.m.            Porsche Pirelli Supercup race #2
10:15-10:35 a.m.        Formula One drivers parade
10:50-11:15 a.m.        Ferrari Challenge race
11:20-11:35 a.m.        Formula One historic car parade
11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.   Formula One grid presentation
1 p.m.                  SAP United States Grand Prix

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