Indy 500 schedule changes a bit

INDIANAPOLIS — The NTT IndyCar Series and Indianapolis Motor Speedway worked together to come up with a new plan in terms of the schedule of events plan. Earlier this week, it was announced that opening day of action for the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500 would get moved back a day.

So, in a counter to that, the three practice days next week were altered. Instead of 12:30-5:30 p.m. ET, it will now be 11 am – 5:30 p.m. ET for Thursday and Friday with Wednesday being 11 am – 1 p.m. ET for veterans then followed by rookie and veteran refreshers from 1-3 p.m. ET. From there, it will be the entire field at 3-5:30 p.m. ET.

Saturday will be the opening day of Time Trials with practice being from 8:30-9:30 a.m. ET followed by qualifying from 11 am. – 4:50 p.m. ET.

NBC Gold will air all practice sessions as well as qualifying from 11-3 p.m. ET. NBC will take over on Saturday from 3-5 p.m. ET.

Sunday, will see a change with instead of the Last Row Shootout, it will just be the Fast Nine. With only 33 cars attempting to make the field, you won’t have any bumping. What’s the point of requalifying.

So, you’ll have the Fast Nine Shootout practice from 11-11:30 a.m. ET on NBC Gold, the Shootout itself from 1:15-2:15 p.m. ET on NBC, then a full field practice from 3:30-6 p.m. ET (NBCSN taking over at 4 p.m. ET).

The field will be off until Carb Day on Aug. 21 with only having one two hour final practice session from 11 am. – 1 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Sunday, Aug. 23 will be race day with the green flag falling shortly after 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

Full Schedule

Wednesday Aug. 12 (Opening Day):

11 am – 1 p.m. – Veteran Practice NBC Gold

1-3 p.m. – Rookie Orientation/Veteran Refreshers NBC Gold

3-5:30 p.m. – Ful field practice NBC Gold

Thursday Aug. 13:

11 am – 5:30 p.m. – Indy 500 Practice NBC Gold

Friday Aug. 14 (Fast Friday):

11 am – 5:30 p.m. – Indy 500 Practice NBC Gold

Saturday Aug. 15 (Time Trials):

8:30-9:30 a.m. – Indy 500 Time Trial Practice

11 am – 4:50 p.m. – Indy 500 Time Trials (NBC Gold 11-3 p.m. , NBC 3-5 p.m.)

Sunday Aug. 16 (Time Trials):

11-11:30 a.m. – Fast 9 Shootout Practice NBC Gold

1:15-2:15 p.m. – Fast 9 Shootout NBC

3:30-6 p.m. – Indy 500 Practice (NBC Gold from 3:30-4 p.m, NBCSN from 4-6 p.m)

Friday Aug. 21 (Carb Day:

11 am – 1 p.m. – Indy 500 Final Practice NBCSN

Sunday Aug. 23 (Race Day):

1 p.m. – Indy 500 Race Coverage NBC


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