Indianapolis … Carb Day has arrived at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway!
Another Indy 500 tradition is in full swing today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Next to the actual race Carb Day has the highest track attendance! The final practice session before the race, currently held on the Friday before race day, is called "Carburetion Day" (shortened to "Carb Day" since 2000). The name originally came from the fact that it was the final session where teams could tune their carburetors in conditions similar to those that might be encountered on race day. The name has remained despite the fact that no qualified car has used a carburetor since 1963. The day is now similar to most motorsport weekends, as the final practice is accompanied by the a pit stop contest, a support race, and a concert. The Pit Stop Challenge debuted in 1977, the Indy Lights Freedom 100 moved to Carb Day in 2005, and the concerts have been held since 1998. In 1969–1972, Carb Day was held the Wednesday before the race. From 1973 to 2004, Carb Day was held the Thursday before the race. It was moved to Friday before the race beginning in 2005, at which time the Indy Lights race was moved to that day. Prior to 1969, Carb Day was not on a fixed day of the week, instead it was simply scheduled for a nondescript day midway between the final day of time trials and race day, and was sometimes closed to the public.
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SCHEDULE (All times local):
7 a.m.-6 p.m.: Ticket and Credential Office Open
8 a.m.: Public Gates Open
8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: IMS Midway Open
8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Historic Racing Exhibition, Museum East Parking Lot
8-9 a.m.: Historic Race Car Laps
10-10:30 a.m.: Full-Field Freedom 100 Indy Lights Autograph Session - Fan Village
10:45 a.m.: Clint Brawner Award Ceremony - Victory Podium
11 a.m.-noon: Indianapolis 500 Practice
12:05 p.m.: Indy Lights Driver Introductions - Victory Podium
12:15 p.m.: Invocation delivered by Pastor Rich Winson
12:16 p.m.: National Anthem
12:25 p.m.: Drivers Start Your Engines
12:30 p.m.-1:20 p.m.: Indy Lights Freedom 100 Race
1:45-3 p.m.: Indy 500 Pit Stop Challenge
2 p.m.: Miller Lite Carb Day Concert Venue Open
3:30-5 p.m.: Blues Traveler Concert - Miller Lite Carb Day Stage, inside Turn 4
5-6:30 p.m.: Train Concert - Miller Lite Carb Day Stage, inside Turn 4
6 p.m.: Public Gates Close
TICKETS: $35 General Admission. Kids 15 and under are free with adult ticketholder.
PUBLIC GATES OPEN: 1, 1B, 2, 3, 4, 5B Media, 6, 6A, 7 Vehicle, 7 North, 7 South, 9, 9A, 10, 10A, 11A, 12
STANDS OPEN: Mounds: Turn 2, Turn 3, Turn 4, Backstretch, Backstretch Family. Stands: A Stand, B Penthouse (22-25), E Stand, E Penthouse, Gasoline Alley Roof, North Vista Wheelchair (21), Northwest (1-4), Northwest Vista Deck, Paddock (12-20), Paddock Penthouse (16-28), Paddock Press Box, Pit Road Terrace, South Terrace, South Wheelchair Deck, Tower Terrace (37-45), Tower Terrace Wheelchair.
PARKING LOTS OPEN: (Outside Lots: 7 a.m., $20, Infield Lots: SOLD OUT.) Paid Daily: 1B, 2, 3G, Main Gate, Parcel B ($75). Limited Free: North 40. ADA: West Museum (prepaid), Hulman Lot (prepaid), Tower/Pagoda (prepaid), North 40 (limited free), Brickyard Crossing (prepaid), Lot 2 (prepaid/paid daily), Lot 3P (prepaid/paid daily).
IMS MUSEUM HOURS: 8 a.m.-6 p.m., $35 IMS Gate Admission for Indianapolis 500 plus Museum Admission ($10 Adult, $5 Ages 6-15, Free 5 and under). Entrance into the grounds is free of charge on non-event days. However, during events the Indianapolis Motor Speedway charges an admission fee or requires a ticket to enter the grounds. This general admission fee or ticket price does not include admission to the Museum.