IPS: IRL: IMS announces changes to Indy schedule for 2005

Exciting changes included in 2005 Indianapolis 500 Schedule Month of May features new race start time, qualifying format, Carb Day date INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2004 -- The schedule for the 89th Indianapolis 500 features a variety of ...

Exciting changes included in 2005 Indianapolis 500 Schedule
Month of May features new race start time, qualifying format, Carb Day date

INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2004 -- The schedule for the 89th Indianapolis 500 features a variety of exciting changes designed to benefit fans and teams, Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials announced Sept. 14.

The race is scheduled for Sunday, May 29, 2005. Opening Day is scheduled for Sunday, May 8, with a full three weeks of activity during the traditional Month of May at the Speedway.

Changes to the schedule of the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" include:

* A new start time of noon local time, one hour later than in past years. The new start time moves the event into a better time slot for national television viewers and also provides more time for hundreds of thousands of race fans to arrive at the track on Race Day morning.

* A new qualifying format that produces bumping on each day of qualifying. There also will be a return to the traditional four days of qualifying, expanding from the three days of recent years. MBNA Pole Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 14, with Second Day Qualifying on Sunday, May 15, Third Day Qualifying on Saturday, May 21 and Bump Day on Sunday, May 22.

* A new date for Miller Lite Carb Day, which shifts to Friday, May 27 from its past Thursday date. The Futaba Freedom 100 also moves to Miller Lite Carb Day, a new date for that Indy Racing League

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