IRL: IMS announces new Indy 500 start time for 2006

90TH INDIANAPOLIS 500 START TIME MOVES TO 1 P.M. LOCAL TIME Historic change to Daylight Savings Time in Indiana creates schedule shift INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, Feb. 6, 2006 -- The start time for the 90th Indianapolis 500 has been moved to 1 p.m.

90TH INDIANAPOLIS 500 START TIME MOVES TO 1 P.M. LOCAL TIME
Historic change to Daylight Savings Time in Indiana creates schedule shift

INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, Feb. 6, 2006 -- The start time for the 90th Indianapolis 500 has been moved to 1 p.m. local time Sunday, May 28 due to the state of Indiana switching to Daylight Savings Time this spring, Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials announced Feb. 6.

The race originally was scheduled to start at noon local time. In addition, gates will open at 6 a.m. local time on Race Day, one hour later than in past years.

"This starting time change was made because of Indiana's shift to Daylight Savings Time, which also had an effect on scheduling with our television partners at ABC Sports," said Joie Chitwood, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president and chief operating officer. "We think this change will have minimal impact on our fans. Sunset will occur one hour later this year due to the time change, which will give us just as much daylight as last year, when the starting time was noon."

Indiana will adopt Daylight Savings Time for the first time this April after previously staying on Standard Time all year. Starting in April, Indianapolis will be on the same time as the East Coast of the United States year-round.

The remainder of the 90th Indianapolis 500 schedule, announced last November, remains unchanged.

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Indy 500 tickets on sale: Tickets are on sale for the 2006 Indianapolis 500, the historic 90th running of the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing."

All fans can order tickets online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com, by calling the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700 or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, or at the ticket office at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Parking and camping information also can be obtained through the ticket office.

Hours for phone orders and the ticket office are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (EST) Monday-Friday, while online orders can be made at any time.

Ticket prices start at just $20.

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