INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, May 4, 2001 - Event happenings leading up to and during the 85th Indianapolis 500 on May 6-27 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway: SCHEDULE (all times local): The 85th Indianapolis 500 starts at 11 a.m. (EST) May 27. MBNA...
INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, May 4, 2001 - Event happenings leading up to and during the 85th Indianapolis 500 on May 6-27 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
SCHEDULE (all times local):
The 85th Indianapolis 500 starts at 11 a.m. (EST) May 27.
MBNA Pole Qualifying starts at 11 a.m. May 12.
Second-day qualifying starts at noon May 13.
Bump Day Qualifying starts at noon May 20.
Opening Day practice starts at 1:15 p.m. May 6.
Practice starts at 11 a.m. May 7-11 and May 16-19.
MBNA Pole Day practice starts at 8 a.m. May 12.
Second-day qualifying practice starts at 10 a.m. May 13.
Bump Day Practice starts at 10 a.m. May 20.
Coors Carb Day practice starts at 11 a.m. May 24.
ON THE AIR (all times Eastern Daylight):
The 85th Indianapolis 500 will be televised live on ABC at noon (EDT) May 27. A one-hour pre-race show will start at 11 a.m. on ABC.
MBNA Pole Qualifying will be broadcast live from noon-1 p.m. (EDT) May 12 on ESPN, from 1-3 p.m. on ABC and from 3-7 p.m. on ESPN2.
Second-day qualifying will be broadcast live from noon-2 p.m. May 13 on ESPN and from 2-7 p.m. on ESPN2.
Bump Day Qualifying will be broadcast live from noon-2 p.m. May 20 on ESPN, from 2-4 p.m. on ESPN2, from 4-6 p.m. on ABC and from 6-7 p.m. on ESPN2.
Highlights from Coors Carb Day Practice and the Coors Pit Stop Competition will be shown from 4-6:30 p.m. May 24 on ESPN2.
ESPN2 will broadcast "Indy Live" Daily Reports from 5:30-7 p.m. May 7-11, from 6:30-7 p.m. May 14-15, from 6-7 p.m. May 16-18 and from 6:30-7 p.m. May 21-25.
ESPN will show a live one-hour Indianapolis 500 preview show at 4 p.m. May 26.
ESPN2 will broadcast an Indianapolis 500 review at 7:30 p.m. May 29 followed by a taped show of the Indianapolis 500 celebration banquet at 8:30 p.m.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network will broadcast a one-hour pre-race show at 11 a.m. (EDT) May 27, followed by the live race broadcast at noon.
An MBNA Pole Day qualification show will air live at noon and 6 p.m. May 12.
Second-day and Bump Day qualifications will also broadcast at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on May 13 and May 20. A Coors Carb Day Recap show will be aired at 9 p.m. May 24.
"Indy Live" interview talk shows will be aired at 9 p.m. on May 8, 10, 17 and 22.
The IMS Radio Network race broadcast also will be available live on the Internet at www.indyracing.com as part of a partnership between Indy Racing Online and Yahoo!/broadcast.com, the world's leading Web broadcast site.
ON THE WEB:
Live timing and scoring reports and enhanced timing and scoring reports from the 85th Indianapolis 500 practices, MBNA Pole Qualifying, second-day and Bump Day Qualifying, and the race will be available on the Internet at www.indyracing.com <http://www.indyracing.com> and www.indy500.com <http://www.indy500.com>.
All reserved seating for the 85th Indianapolis 500 is sold out.
General admission tickets are available for $20 on Race Day.
All seating at the Speedway during all practice days, qualification days and Coors Carb Day is general admission, and tickets will be available at the Speedway ticket office and entrance gates. Call (317) 484-6700 for ticket information or log onto www.indy500.com.
WHAT AN OPENING ACT:
Children age 12 and younger will be admitted to the Speedway grounds free of charge on Indianapolis Star Opening Day May 6. Tickets for adults are $5 and are available on a two-for-one basis by presenting a coupon from advertisements running in The Indianapolis Star on April 29 and May 3-6. The coupons also are available on the The Star's Web site, indystar.com.
The first 3,000 children admitted on Indianapolis Star Opening Day will receive an opening day checkered flag courtesy of The Star.
A special "kids only" autograph session with Indy Racing Northern Light Series drivers will take place from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (EST) in the Pagoda Plaza, located behind the Speedway's 13-story Pagoda control tower. Children up to age 16 are invited. The first 200 children at the session can have their picture taken in an Indy Racing car and receive a special "front page" poster of The Indianapolis Star with their photo on it.
HONORING HISTORIC AND VINTAGE MACHINES:
Historic cars from early years of the Indianapolis 500 will be honored on May 9-11 and May 16-19 during practice for this year's race.
Ray Harroun's Marmon Wasp, winner of the first Indianapolis 500 in 1911, will take to the track May 9. Jimmy Murphy's Murphy Special, in which he won the race from the pole in 1922, will be featured May 10. The first car to ever complete the entire 500 miles non-stop, the Cummins Diesel driven to a 13th-place finish in 1931 by Dave Evans, will parade around the track May 11.
When practice reopens May 16, the car driven to victory in 1941 by Mauri Rose and Floyd Davis will take a trip around the oval. Lee Wallard's 1951 winning car will be featured May 17, while four-time winner A.J. Foyt's first winning car from 1961, the Bowes Seal Fast Special, will be highlighted May 18.
Rounding out the historic car salute May 19 will be Graham Hill's STP Turbine car that he qualified in the middle of the front row in 1968. Vintage cars will be on display during Community Day on May 23 and will parade around the track on Coors Carb Day on May 24.
GOING BACK IN TIME:
In honor of the first race ever at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Speedway Lions Club is staging the inaugural Speedway Lions Club Balloon Fest on May 11-12.
The Balloon Fest will take place in the field southeast of the 30th Street and Moller Road intersection, just northwest of the Speedway. The first event held at the Speedway was a hot-air balloon race on June 5, 1909.
Proceeds from the event will go to an endowment for Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana. The first round of the event, "S'more to Come," gets underway at 6 p.m. (EST) May 11 and will feature tethered balloons glowing in the evening sky along with s'mores snacks and a group sing-a-long. The evening's activities conclude at 8:45.
For round two of the event, "Break Fast Competition" at 5 a.m. May 12, spectators are invited to partake in breakfast bagels, sweet rolls and coffee or hot chocolate from Einstein Bros. Bagels as balloon pilots launch for a one-hour race in the skies above Indianapolis. Later that morning, at 8 a.m., MBNA Pole Day gets underway at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with practice for Indy Racing Northern Light Series drivers. Qualifying for the elite 33-car Indianapolis 500 field starts at 11 a.m.
Balloon Fest concludes with "Dessert at Dusk," sponsored by Jasper Engines and Transmissions, at 6 p.m. May 12. Desserts and coffees presented by The French Confection and Einstein Bros. will be served while spectators watch the final balloon ascension and listen to strolling musicians until 8:45 p.m.
IT'S AN EXPERIENCE:
The GM Experience, an interactive area showcasing General Motors products and offering free fan activities, will be open May 12-13, 19-20 and 23-27 in the parking lot just east of the Speedway Hall of Fame Museum. The GM Experience is open from the time the gates open until the track closes.
PEPSI FUN IN THE SUN:
Pepsi Fun Day will take place May 19, the final practice day before Bump Day. The day also will feature the Pepsi/Marsh Indianapolis 500 ticket and ride-along giveaway drawings (the Oldsmobile Bravada grand prize drawing is May 26) and an Extreme Freestyle Motocross exhibition featuring X Games and Gravity Games standouts such as Mike Jones, Dan Pastor, Kenny Bartram and Trevor Vines.
SALUTE TO THE ARMED FORCES:
Armed Forces Day will take place May 20, which also is Bump Day, the final day of qualifications.
Any present or past member of the U.S. Armed Forces in uniform will be admitted to the track for free. The Armed Forces also will be honored during a ceremony at the track.
TAKE A LAP:
500 Festival Community Day will take place May 23 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, offering fans the chance to drive their personal car around the track one time and also get autographs from Indy Racing Northern Light Series drivers.
Gasoline Alley and Pit Lane will be open to the public. Gates open at noon (EST), and the Public Track Lap lasts from noon-6 p.m. The driver autograph session takes place from 3-6 p.m. in Gasoline Alley. Tickets are $5 and available at the gate, any Marsh location or by calling the 500 Festival office at (800) 638-4296.
COLLECTIVE SOUL TO PERFORM:
Coors Carb Day will take place May 24 and will feature a concert by hit rock music group Collective Soul. Coors Carb Day is the last practice session before the 85th Indianapolis 500.
Practice takes place at 11 a.m. (EST), followed by the Coors Indy 500 Pit Stop Challenge at 1:30 p.m. Collective Soul takes the Pepsi Stage in the plaza behind the Pagoda at 3:30 p.m.
Tickets for Coors Carb Day are $10 at the gate, with children age 5 and younger admitted free. All activities for the day are included in the ticket price, including the concert.
The Speedway's gates open to the public at 8 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. Contact the Speedway ticket office at (317) 484-6700 or toll free at (800) 822-INDY for information
The public is invited to attend the Drivers' Meeting at 11 a.m. (EST) May 26 in front of the Pagoda as the 33-driver field receives final race instructions and pre-race awards. Seating is available in the Tower Terrace, with tickets costing $5 each.