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Tuesday May 14th                           DAY 1                    Opening Day - Practice
May 14
May 15
May 16
May 17
May 18
May 19
May 20
May 24
May 26
Wednesday May 15th                              DAY 2                                Indy 500 Open Practice
Sunday  May 26th                         DAY 9                                The INDY 500
Thursday May 16th                                DAY 3                                Indy 500 Open Practice
Friday May 17th                                  DAY 4                   Indy 500 Fast Friday Practice
Saturday May 18th                                DAY 5                    Indy 500 First Day of Qualifying
Sunday May 19th                              DAY 6                    Indy 500 Pole Day Qualifying
Monday May 20th                             DAY 7                                  Indy 500 Practice
Friday  May 25th                         DAY 8                                 CARB DAY
May 14
May 15
May 16
May 17
May 18
May 19
May 20
May 24
Scott Dixon
Scott McLaughlin
Pato O'Ward
Colton Herta
Alex Palou
Josef Newgarden
Josef Newgarden
Scott Dixon
229.107 mph
234.974 *
232.727 *
234.052 *
May 16
May 16
May 17
May 18
May 19
Linus Lundqvist
Marcus Ericsson.
Nolan Siegel
Rinus VeeKay
Nolan Siegel
T2 - Hit wall, he's ok
T4 - Hit outside wall, then inside, he's ok.
T2 - Spun, hit wall, then flipped, he's ok
T3 - Spun, hit wall, warmup lap for quals
Slid into wall out of T1 while qualifying
500 Mini-Marathon Winners

May 4 - More than 20,000 people ran in the 48th 500 Festival Mini-Marathon.
The course starts and finishes in downtown Indianapolis and includes a lap at the Indy Speedway.
Jenna Fesemyer, of
Champaign, Illinois, won
the Athletes with
Disabilities division, with
a time of 53:11.
Anna Rohrer, of Carmel, Indiana, is
the women's winner for the second
year in a row with a time of 1:15:18.
The male winner was Jake Bertelsen,
from Powell, Ohio, with a time of
Some participants dressed up for the 13.1 mile foot race.
May 3 - Arrow McLaren will run Theo Pourchaire at Gateway in St. Louis on Monday.
If they can get the Frenchman to pass his oval rookie test, they might use him at oval
races later this year.  
Update: Pourchaire was hired by the team to compete in all races
this year, except the Indy 500, which will be ran by
Callum Illot. in the #6 Chevy.
May 5 - The entry list for the Indianapolis 500 is 34 drivers long.
May 7 - Team Penske has suspended four employees for the next two races as a result
of the penalties incurred at St Pete.  Those employees are Luke Mason (No. 2 Race
Engineer),  Robbie Atkinson (Senior Data Engineer), Ron Ruzewski (Managing Director)
and Tim Cindric (President of Team Penske.)
Practice lasted 23 minutes before rain drops brought the practice session to an end.

29 drivers came out and turned a dozen laps or less each.

Scott Dixon was fastest with a speed of 229.107 mph.
Practice was delayed from 10am - 3:30p due to rain.  
The track was dried and cars began running.  The session has been extended from 6 to 7 pm.
There were a lot of cars out running at the same time this afternoon, giving the rookies
a chance to get used to the dirty air caused by traffic.

There were 3 short caution periods due to sprinkles.

Some rain fell at 6pm and while cars stayed in pit lane hoping to get more practice, the track was not
opened again.

Scott McLaughlin was fastest of the day with a speed of 229.493 mph.
Tom Blomqvist completed the most laps today - 105.
Perfect weather.  Cars came out to practice.  Some teams did some practice qualifying,
though they cannot use the higher boost levels until tomorrow.

Kyle Larson lost out on some much needed practice today due to an engine swap on
his Arrow McLaren #17.  The Nascar champion is attempting the "DOUBLE" this year - i.e. racing
in the Indy 500, then flying to Charlotte to race in the Coca-Cola 600.  This will be Larson's first
experience racing an IndyCar.  Other drivers to attempt the DOUBLE include John Andretti,
Robbie Gordon, Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch.

11:30 am -
Linus Lundqvist in the #8 Chip Ganassi entry, hit the Turn 2 wall.

At 3:50 pm,
Marcus Ericsson crashed in Turn 4, hitting the outside wall, then sliding and hitting
the Inside wall.  Both driver are ok.  Ericsson will have to go to a backup car.

There were a few short cautions for weather, but the rain held off and the drivers got around
6 hours of green flag practice.  Some drivers did over 80 laps.

Early in the day,
Pato O'Ward went the fastest - 228.861 mph
Veterans Happy To Be Back!
Ed Carpenter
Marco Andretti
Larry Foyt & Santino Ferrucci
Rookie Kyle Larson Wishes for Dry Weather
After overnight rain, track was dry enough to start practice at noon.
Weather started out overcast and high 60s, temperatures rose over the afternoon.

The cars, now running extra 100 H.P. turbo boost, practiced making 4-lap qualifying runs.

1:43pm -
Nolan Siegel spun in Turn 2 and hit wall, then the car went airborn and flipped,
landing on it's lid.  Siegel was ok.  Dale Coyne Racing will have to get his backup car
ready for tomorrow's qualifying.
Helio Castroneves
4-Time Winner
Takuma Sato
2-Time Winner
Conor Daly
Ryan Hunter-Reay
2014 Indy 500 Winner
Katherine Legge
* With Qualifying TurboBoost
1. Kyle Kirkwood
2. Scott McLaughlin
3. Kyffin Simpson
4. Rinus VeeKay
5. Romain Grosjean
6. Kyle Larson
7. Agustin Canapino
8. Callum Ilott
9. Will Power
10. Josef Newgarden
11. Marcus Armstrong
12. Nolan Siegel
13. Santino Ferrucci
14. Christian Lundgaard
15. Marcus Ericsson
16. Linus Lundqvist
17. Marco Andretti
18. Ed Carpenter
19. Katherine Legge
20. Conor Daly
21. Pietro Fittipaldi
22. Tom Blomqvist
23. Pato O'Ward
24. Felix Rosenqvist
25. Alex Palou
26. Takuma Sato
27. Scott Dixon
28. Sting Ray Robb
29. Colton Herta
30. Ryan Hunter-Reay
31. Christian Rasmussen
32. Graham Rahal
33. Helio Castroneves
34. Alexander Rossi
Indianapolis 500 Qualifying Order
The drivers will get an hour of practice this morning.  Qualifying begins at 11 a.m.

Last night there was a draw for qualifying order.  Drivers hoped to get an early turn,
as the cars run slower the hotter it gets.
Chip Ganassi Racing had to replace another Honda engine last night, this time for Kyffin Simpson.

The start of qualifying practice was delayed a half-hour due to fog.
9 Drivers came out to practice during the hour-long session.
Alex Palou ran the fastest lap with a speed of 232.727 mph.
Total Laps Ran: 100
11:17 am - Rinus VeeKay, 4th to qualify, crashed
in Turn 3 during his warmup lap.  He spun and hit
outside wall.  VeeKay exited car and limped away.

11:37 am -
Kyle Larson, 6th to qualify, had to abort his qualifying attempt due to mechanical
problem. Track temp has risen to 100 degrees F.

The three Penske cars all qualified over 233 mph, placing them at the top of the field.

Ganassi is again doing an engine swap!  This time
Scott Dixon's car will be the recipient
even though it hasn't blown, they are being cautious.

Katherine Legge brushed Turn 4 wall as she was completing her last qualifying lap, but finished
the run.

Alex Rossi driving for McLaren, - came out and put in 4 great laps and slotted into 4th behind
the Penskes.  Air temperature had climbed to 80 degrees.

2 pm - RHR qualified.  Then the other two McLarens came out.
O'Ward suffered the same problem as his teammate Larson had earlier - hitting the rev limiter.  
O'Ward stayed on it and got on the board.  
Larson then came out, did some great laps and slotted into 6th.

2:26 pm - Dixon came out to qualify with his new engine.  Slotted into 17th.

Graham Rahal had a slow qualification run earlier due to some engine problems.  
He says the team is going to install a new Honda engine.

Cars continued to come out and try to improve their times and insure they were either in the
Top 12 or the Top 30.  Cars in the Top 12 are guaranteed to start in the first four rows, but will
qualify again tomorrow to sort out their exact order as well as determine who starts from the pole.

Cars outside of the top 30 will attempt to qualify for the last row tomorrow, with one driver being
bumped from the race.  With an hour remaining, those four drivers include
Marcus Ericsson
and Nolan Siegel, who have to use their back-up cars and Rahal who got a new engine
installed this afternoon.  
Katherine Legge, who is an Indy 500 one-off, is also in the bottom.

5:02 pm -
Ryan Hunter-Reay slotted into P12, bumping Alex Palou out of the Top 12.

Agustin Canapino went out and try to best his previous time.  He put in a few great laps,
but then his car suffered the same problem that some other Chevys have been having today
(e.g. Larson, Ed Carpenter) where the engine robs itself of enough air and the car slows.  
Conor Daly, currently slotted into 28th, was going to go out again, but decided not to risk it.
VeeKay, also in a Chevy, got into the priority lane with Rahal behind him.  
Meanwhile Legge failed to qualify.  
These drivers prevented Palou, in the 2nd lane, from trying to break back into the Top 12.  
(Palou won the pole last year in the Indy 500.)

Rinus VeeKay went out and qualified at 232.419, driving himself into the Top 12, pushing
Colton Herta out!

With minutes to go, Graham Rahal made the last attempt of the day, but still could not get up
to speed.
For Last Row:
Graham Rahal
Katherine Legge
Pietro Fittipaldi
Nolan Siegel
For First 4 Rows:
Will Power
Scott McLaughlin
Josef Newgarden
Alex Rossi
Kyle Kirkwood
Kyle Larson
Felix Rosenqvist
Santino Ferrucci
Takuma Sato
Pato O'Ward
Rinus VeeKay
Ryan Hunter-Reay
13. Colton Herta

16. Marcus Armstrong

19. Marco Andretti

22. Augustin Canapino

25. Tom Blomqvist

28. Christian Lundgaard
14. Alex Palou

17.  Ed Carpenter

20. Helio Castroneves

23. Sting Ray Robb

26. Roman Grosjean

29. Conor Daly
15. Callum Illot

18. Kyffin Simpson

21. Scott Dixon

24. Christian Rasmussen

27.  Linus Lundqvist

30. Marcus Ericsson





ROW 10
Today is warmer than any day thus far.  
As of noon, the temperature is 81 degrees and the track temperature is 114 degrees.

After having six engines suffer a "plenum event" yesterday which caused a loss of power, Chevy
has been hustling, making software changes, then testing those changes out on the Top 12 cars
during practice.  

Josef Newgarden was fastest during the practice session with a single-lap speed of 234.052 mph.

Rinus VeeKay did not come out on track during Top 12 Practice.  His team, Ed Carpenter Racing,
wanted to keep working on his car, after yesterday's early accident.

After the Top 12 Practice, practice began for the four cars that will be competing in Last Chance
Qualifying this afternoon.  During that practice,
Graham Rahal had to return to the pits for a loose
wheel nut.  

Session began at 3:05 pm.  The temperature was 86 degrees.

The six drivers who advance to the Firestone Fast Six Qualifying:  (All are Chevy powered.)
Team Penske
Team Penske
Team Penske
Andretti Global
Arrow McLaren
A.J. Foyt Racing
Scott McLaughlin
Will Power
Josef Newgarden
Alex Rossi
Kyle Larson
Santino Ferrucci
The 1-hour session began at 4:15 pm.
One driver will not qualify for the race.
Track temperature is 130-degrees

Nolan Siegel, driving for Dale Coyne Racing, was the first to qualify.

2022 Indy 500 Winner,
Marcus Ericsson, of Andretti Global, came out next.
After his 3rd lap, he had a brain fart and let off the accelerator as if he'd just finished the 4th lap!
He posted no qualifying time and will try again later after his car cools down.

Katherine Legge came out next for Dale Coyne Racing.  She was faster than Siegel.

Last out was
Graham Rahal of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.  Rahal slotted in between Siegel
and Legge.

None of these drivers are happy with their results, but all are tentatively in the race.
They nervously waited around to see what would happen with Andretti Global and Ericsson.

For now, these three drivers don't want to risk giving up their current qualifying time which is
what would happen if they took the cars off the pit lane to make changes to the car.

With 7 minutes left in the session, Ericsson came out to qualify.

He slotted in between Legge and Rahal, bumping out Siegel.

With less than 3 minutes to go, they pushed Siegel into position to re-qualify.
Rahal is on the bubble.  He won't have time to re-qualify if he gets bumped!

Siegel had nothing to lose and had to let it all hang out.
As he went through Turn 1 of his second lap, he slid up and tapped the wall.
The car wiggled severly, spun and put him back into the wall.  He was ok.
Nolan Siegel's month of May has come to an end.

Rahal didn't celebrate, saying he did not want to rub salt in the wound of Siegel.
He experienced that situation last year when he was bumped from the field.
The session began at 5:21 pm
This session will determine the Pole Sitter.
4 of the 6 drivers are Indy 500 winners.

Santino Ferrucci came out first and didn’t lift.  He barely missed the walls while hitting the apex
on the hot greasy track.

Next out was
Kyle Larson.  He mixed the apex at one point, but he beat Ferrucci’s speed by 0.15 mph
Larson then had to leave as he is racing in the Nascar All-Star race in North Wilkesboro.

Alexander Rossi came out next.  The crowd cheered as his first lap was 234 mph.

Then it was defending Indy 500 champion
Josef Newgarden's turn.  His first two laps were over 234!
He moved to the top with a combined 4-lap speed of 233.808 mph.

Will Power came out next to qualify.   
While he has won more IndyCar poles than any driver in history, he has yet to win the Indy 500 pole.
Power was just barely able to beat his teammate and went to P1!
Power couldn’t celebrate yet as there was one more car to qualify – his other teammate,

McLaughlin’s first lap was the fastest of the month – 235 mph!  His 2nd lap was 234!

McLaughlin won the pole with the fastest 4-Lap Average Speed in Indianapolis 500 history!

POLE SPEED 234.220 mph  (376.94 kph)
All three cars on the front row for the Indy 500 are Team Penske!

The last time the Captain pulled that off was 1988.
A two hour practice session began at 1pm.  Temperature was 83 degrees.
The cars return to normal turbo boost level.

2:50pm -
Tom Blomquist began to spin in the pit lane, but was able to catch it before hitting the wall.

All of the drivers were able to put in a lot of laps today.

Josef Newgarden went fastest with a lap of 226.238 mph.

The drivers will get one more practice session on Friday.

The current weather forecast shows a 50% chance of rain on Carb Day and Race day.
3 pm - Josef Newgarden sets fastest 4-Lap Average Speed of the day so far = 234.063 mph.

15 minutes later, the engine blew on points leader
Alex Palou's #10 Ganassi entry.  
The team was able to install a new engine with 30 minutes of practice left.

4:30p - Track temperature is beginning to come down.

Newgarden held onto the Fastest 4-Lap Average for the day.
He was followed by his two Penske teammates -
Will Power and Scott McLaughlin.
All drivers, except Siegel, were able to exceed 230 mph 4-Lap Average Speed today.

Colton Herta had the fastest single Lap speed  = 234.974 mph.

The track was open for practice for 5 hours, 18 minutes.
There was 41 minutes of yellow flag time.
Total laps ran was 990.
Once a year, a unique convergence unfolds at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway,
bringing together racing enthusiasts, business leaders, 70 Indiana mayors, and
the 33 500 Festival Princesses for the 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard.

The 33 princesses were selected from college women attending Indiana colleges.  
This year's 500 Princesses had an average GPA of 3.75.

The 500 Festival Queen Scholar is announced at this event.
Lissania Perez Diaz!
Lissania graduated from Herron-Riverside High School
and is currently studying chemistry and law at IUPUI.
2024 500 Festival Queen Scholar
May 30 - MSR is replacing rookie Tom Blomqvist with Helio Castroneves, at least for
the next two races - Detroit and Road America.
May 30 - Dale Coyne Racing, whom have never nailed down a driver line-up for this
season, is bringing in
Tristan Vautier to drive the No. 51.
Today's three main events were IndyCar's final practice, the Pit Stop Competition and
the Carb Day Concert, featuring the
Gin Blossoms and George Thorogood and the Destroyers.

All 33 cars were on track during a practice filled with passing and thick traffic, turning a
combined 2,721 laps in the busiest session of the month despite lasting only two hours.

Scott Dixon was fastest in the No. 9 Honda, with a time of 227.226 mph.

Graham Rahal ran the most laps (106)
Linus Lundqvist and Santino Ferrucci experienced some handling problems and ran
the fewest laps (49 each).

With 15 minutes to go in the session, the first caution came out for a tow-in for rookie
Kyle Larson, whose No. 17 Arrow McLaren Chevrolet ran out of fuel.
Blue Jacket Tradition Starts for ‘500’ Winners

Twenty-three of the living 30 Indianapolis 500 winners
were on hand this morning to take a group photo on the
Yard of Bricks with the Borg-Warner Trophy.

The drivers donned a navy blue blazer reserved for
“500” winners only, similar to green jacket presented to
winners of The Masters in golf.

The left breast of each blazer contains the Speedway's
“Wing and Wheel” logo.  Also, the lining inside each coat
features photographs of each driver’s winning moments!

A commemorative jacket was also presented to the
family of 2003 winner Gil de Ferran, who died
unexpectedly in December.
The Team Penske No. 2 crew and Josef Newgarden won the Indy 500 Pit Stop Challenge,
setting a new record = 10.792 seconds!

About the Annual Indy 500 Pit Stop Challenge:
12 driver/teams compete. They are required to change four tires and simulate refueling.
It is tournament style.  Everyone competes once in the first round, then 6 in the quarterfinals
and 4 in the semifinals.  The final is a best-of-three between the two fastest team/drivers.

The last team to win the Pit Stop Competition and the Indianapolis 500 in the same year
was Team Penske in 2009 with Helio Castroneves.
The Inside of Tony Kanaan's Blazer
(Back Row, Left to Right) Alex Rossi, Will Power, Simon Pagenaud, Buddy Rice, Bobby Rahal, Rick Mears, Helio Castroneves,
A.J. Foyt, Jr., Josef Newgarden, Buddy Lazier, Kenny Brack, Sam Hornish, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Tom Sneva.
Front Row, Left to Right) Marcus Ericsson, Scott Dixon, Al Unser, Jr., Parnelli Jones, Dario Franchitti, Johnny Rutherford, Emerson
Fittipaldi, Takuma Sato, Mario Andretti, Tony Kanaan
Team Penske and Josef Newgarden Won Pit Stop Challenge
The race was delayed four hours due to rain.

Indianapolois 500 Race Summary
Josef Newgarden won the race for the second time in a row, earning $4.3 million.
In addition, he received a bonus prize for winning two Indy 500s in a row.
This bonus prize had been accumulating since
Helio Castroneves last did it in 2001.
The prize came to $440,000.

Kyle Larson was selected as the Indy 500 Rookie of the Year.
Driving for Hendricks/Ganassi, he qualified in 5th
and finished 18th.
Note: Rookie Christian Rasmussen started the race in 24th and finished 12th,
racing f
or Ed Carpenter Racing.

Winner Josef Newgarden
Pato O'Ward Led On Last Lap, but Lost to Newgarden
Sad Pato O'Ward
Happy Josef Newgarden
Josef Newgarden Celebrates Win with Fans
1st Lap Crash - Ericsson & Blomqvist
Will Power Crash
Navy Thunderbirds Fly Over