BUMP DAY ON HORIZON AS INDIANAPOLIS 500 PRACTICE RESUMES MAY 18

INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, May 17, 2005 -- Practice for the 89th Indianapolis 500 resumes Wednesday, May 18, as teams and drivers either continue the search for speed to earn a qualifying spot during the second weekend of qualifications or work on honing their car setup for Race Day.

Gates open at 9 a.m. (local time) Wednesday with practice scheduled for noon-6 p.m. General admission tickets are $5, with children ages 5 and younger admitted free.

Teams and drivers will attempt to earn the final 11 positions in the Indianapolis 500 field during Third-Day Qualifying on Saturday, May 21. Bump Day, the final day of qualifications, is set for Sunday, May 22.

As part of the new qualifying format introduced for the 2005 Indianapolis 500, positions 1-22 were filled during the first weekend of qualifications, and spots 23-33 will be filled on the third day, and bumping within those positions can take place once the field is full. The slowest car in the field -- regardless of the day it qualified -- can be bumped on Bump Day, the fourth and final day of qualifying.

Tony Kanaan, driver of the No. 11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone for Andretti Green Racing, scored his first Indianapolis 500 MBNA Pole Award on May 15 with a four-lap average of 227.566 mph.

IndyCar Series rookie Danica Patrick narrowly missed making history by becoming the first woman to win the MBNA Pole Award at Indy when she qualified faster than Kanaan on her final three laps, which were 227.638, 227.623 and 227.860, respectively. But Patrick's No. 16 Rahal Letterman Racing Argent Pioneer Panoz/Honda/Firestone wiggled in Turn 1 on her first lap, forcing her settle for a lap of 224.940, leaving her with a four-lap average of 227.004 and fourth in the starting lineup. Despite the disappointment, Patrick holds the highest starting position ever for a woman at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Practice is scheduled for the IndyCar Series from May 18-20. The final practice for the starting field will take place from noon-1 p.m. on Miller Lite Carb Day, Friday, May 27.

The 89th Indianapolis 500 is scheduled to start at noon (local time) Sunday, May 29.

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Tickets: Tickets are available for the 2005 Indianapolis 500 on May 29. For information, log on to www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com, or call the IMS ticket office at (800) 822-INDY or (317) 492-6700.

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