Indy 500 Schedule: Date, Start Time & Full List of Events

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The 2017 Indy 500 will get underway on Sunday, May 28, at 12:19 p.m. ET.

While the 101st running of the historic race is still more than a week away, though, there is still plenty going on at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Here’s a complete look at the schedule:


2017 Indy 500 Schedule of Events

All times are ET

Wednesday, May 17

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.: International Collegiate evGrandPrix Series
10 a.m.: Public Gates Open
12 p.m. – 6 p.m.: IndyCar Series Practice


Thursday, May 18

10 a.m.: Public Gates Open
12 p.m. – 6 p.m.: IndyCar Series Practice


Friday, May 19

10 a.m.: Public Gates Open
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: IMS Midway Open
Noon – 6 p.m.: Verizon IndyCar Series Practice
6:15 p.m.: Indy 500 Qualifying Draw


Saturday, May 20

7 a.m.: Public Gates Open
8 – 8:30 a.m.: Verizon IndyCar Series Group 1 Practice
8:30 – 9 a.m.: Verizon IndyCar Series Group 2 Practice
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.: 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard
9 – 9:30 a.m.: Verizon IndyCar Series Practice ALL
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.: IMS Midway Open
11 a.m. – 5:50 p.m. Verizon IndyCar Series Qualifications (Positions 1-9 Advance to Fast 9)


Sunday, May 21

9 a.m.: Public Gates Open
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.: IMS Midway Open
10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.: Enlistment Ceremony
10:30 – 11:15 a.m.: Chevrolet Consumer Laps
Noon – 6 p.m.: Verizon IndyCar Series Qualifications
Noon – 12:45 p.m.: Verizon IndyCar Series Practice (Positions 10-33)
1:15 – 2 p.m.: Verizon IndyCar Series Practice (Fast 9)
2:45 – 4:45 p.m.: Verizon IndyCar Series Qualifying (Positions 10-33)
5 – 5:45 p.m.: Verizon IndyCar Series Qualifying (Fast 9)
5:45 p.m.: Verizon P1 Award Ceremony


Monday, May 22

Noon: Public Gates Open
12:30 p.m.: 2017 Indianapolis 500 Driver Class Photo
12:30 – 4 p.m.: Verizon IndyCar Series Practice
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.: Indy Lights Testing


Friday, May 26

8 a.m.: Public Gates Open
8 – 9 a.m.: Historic Race Car Exhibition
10:30 – 10:45 a.m.: Sam Schmidt Arrow Car Laps
10:45 a.m.: Clint Brawner Award Ceremony
11 a.m. – Noon: Verizon IndyCar Series Practice
12:05 p.m.: Indy Lights Driver Introductions
12:15 p.m.: Invocation delivered by Father Mike Welch
12:16 p.m.: National Anthem
12:25 p.m.: “Drivers Start Your Engines”
12:30 p.m.: Indy Lights Freedom 100 Race
1:45 – 3 p.m.: Tag Heuer Pit Stop Challenge
3:15 – 4:15 p.m.: Barenaked Ladies Concert
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.: Steve Miller Band Concert


Saturday, May 27

8 a.m.: Public Gates Open
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Indianapolis 500 Memorabilia Show
9 – 10 a.m.: Full Field Autograph Session
9 – 10:15 a.m.: Historic Race Car Laps
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.: IMS Midway Open
10:30 – 11:15 a.m.: Public Drivers Meeting
Noon – 1 p.m.: Firestone Pin Distribution
Noon – 1 p.m.: Indianapolis 500 Legends Autograph Session A
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.: Indianapolis 500 Legends Autograph Session B
1 p.m.: Firestone Legends Day Concert Gates Open
1:30 – 2:15 p.m.: Chevrolet Consumer Laps
3:30 – 4:15 p.m.: Clayton Anderson Concert
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.: Dustin Lynch Concert
6 – 7:30 p.m.: Keith Urban Concert


Sunday, May 28

6 a.m.: Public Gates Open
6 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.: IMS Midway Open
7 a.m.: Snake Pit Gates Open
8 a.m.: Borg-Warner Trophy March to the Bricks Begins from IMS Museum
8 a.m.: Parade of Bands
8:15 a.m. Borg-Warner Trophy March to the Bricks Arrives at Checkpoint 1
8:30 a.m.: Borg-Warner Trophy March to the Bricks Arrives at Checkpoint 2
8:30 – 10 a.m.: Celebrity Red Carpet
8:45 a.m.: Borg-Warner Trophy March to the Bricks Arrives at Checkpoint 3
9 a.m.: 500 Festival Princess Parade Laps
9:35 a.m.: Purdue Band Leads Borg-Warner Trophy to Yard of Bricks
10:05 a.m.: “On the Banks of the Wabash” performed by Purdue University Band
10:29 a.m.: Green Flag delivered by IU Health Helicopter in Turn 1
10:39 a.m.: Indianapolis 500 Winning Drivers Laps
10:57 a.m.: Historic Race Car Laps
11:35 a.m.: Indianapolis 500 Driver Introductions
11:44 a.m.: Military March
11:46 a.m.: “God Bless America”
11:48 a.m.: Military Address
11:54 a.m.: Invocation delivered by Archbishop of Indianapolis
11:55 a.m.: Presentation of Colors
11:56 a.m.: “Taps”
11:56 a.m.: “America The Beautiful”
Noon: Veteran Salute
Noon: National Anthem performed by Bebe Rexha
12:12 p.m.: “Back Home Again In Indiana” performed by Jim Cornelison
12:14 p.m.: “Drivers Start Your Engines”
12:19 p.m.: 101st Running of the Indy 500 Presented by PennGrade Motor Oil


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