IRL: Indy 500: Month of May schedule of events

86th Indianapolis 500 Schedule (all times local - EST): Sunday, May 5 Indianapolis Star Opening Day - Children 12 and younger are free. The first 3,000 children will receive a checkered flag courtesy of the Indianapolis Star. 9 a.m.: Gates open...

86th Indianapolis 500
Schedule (all times local - EST):

Sunday, May 5
Indianapolis Star Opening Day - Children 12 and younger are free. The first 3,000 children will receive a checkered flag courtesy of the Indianapolis Star.
9 a.m.: Gates open to public
11 a.m.-noon: Autograph session with Indy Racing drivers in the Bombardier Pagoda Plaza
12:30 p.m.: Opening ceremonies
1:15-6 p.m.: Indy Racing League practice

Admission: $5 (age 13 and older). Two-for-one coupons can be found in the Indianapolis Star May 2-5 or at www.indystar.com.

Monday, May 6 - Friday, May 10
9 a.m.: Gates open to public (except May 10, gates open 8 a.m.)
11 a.m.-6 p.m.: Indy Racing League practice

Admission: $5 (ages 5 and younger free)

Saturday, May 11, MBNA Pole qualifying
7 a.m.: Gates open to public
8-10 a.m.: Indy Racing League practice
11 a.m.-6 p.m.: MBNA Pole Qualifications
6 p.m.: MBNA Pole winner ceremony

Admission: $10 (ages 5 and younger free)
First 5,000 fans receive a free A.J. Foyt bobblehead doll courtesy of Pepsi

Sunday, May 12, Marsh Mother's Day, Second Day Qualifying
8 a.m.: Gates open to public
10-11:15 a.m.: Indy Racing League practice
10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Mother's Day Brunch with Lyn St. James (Marsh Plaza Chalets, open to public)
Noon-6 p.m.: Indy Racing League qualifications n Admission: $10 (ages 5 and younger free)

Monday, May 13 - Tuesday, May 14
No track activity

Wednesday, May 15 - Friday, May 17
9 a.m.: Gates open to public
11 a.m.-6 p.m.: Indy Racing League practice

Admission: $5 (ages 5 and younger free)

Saturday, May 18, Pepsi Fun Day
8 a.m.: Gates open to public
10:30 a.m.: Motocross demonstration in the infield
11 a.m.-6 p.m.: Indy Racing League practice
Noon-1 p.m.: Autograph session with motocross riders in the BombardierPagoda Plaza
2:30 p.m.: Motocross demonstration in the infield
4:30 p.m.: Motocross demonstration in the infield

Admission: $5 (ages 5 and younger free)
First 5,000 fans receive a free Al Unser bobblehead doll courtesy of Pepsi

Sunday, May 19, Bump Day/Armed Forces Day
8 a.m.: Gates open to public
10-11:15 a.m.: Indy Racing League practice
11:15 a.m.: Armed Forces Day ceremony
Noon-6 p.m.: Indy Racing League qualifications

Admission: $10 (ages 5 and younger free)
First 5,000 fans receive a free Rick Mears bobblehead doll courtesy of Pepsi

Monday, May 20 - Tuesday, May 21
No track activity

Wednesday, May 22, 500 Festival Community Day
11 a.m.: Gates open to public
11 a.m.-6 p.m.: Public track laps
11 a.m.-6 p.m.: Garages open to the public
3-6 p.m.: Indy Racing driver autograph session in garage area

Admission: $5 (ages 5 and younger free)

Thursday, May 23, Coors Carb Day
8 a.m.: Gates open to public
11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Final Indy Racing League practice
1:30-3 p.m.: Coors Pit Stop Challenge
3:30 p.m.: Coors Concert featuring Better Than Ezra and Nine Days in the Bombardier Pagoda Plaza

Admission: $10 (ages 5 and younger free)

Friday, May 24
No track activity

Saturday, May 25
No track activity 9 a.m.: Gates open to public
11 a.m.: Public drivers meeting, Tower Terrace

Sunday, May 26, Race Day
5 a.m.: Gates open to public
11 a.m.: Start, 86th Indianapolis 500

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Lyn St. James , Rick Mears , A.J. Foyt , Al Unser