Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! Known as the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, The Indy 500 is where the world's greatest open-wheel drivers in the Verizon IndyCar Series race for the coveted Borg-Warner trophy. This year marks the 100th running of the race and you can expect many celebrations for this landmark event.
6 am - Gates Open
12:20 pm - Green Flag
6 pm - Gates Close
Taking place at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the world's largest single-day spectator sporting event has something for everyone, from children to those who have been attending for generations. Whether you're continuing a tradition, or starting a new one, this is a race that can't be missed.
Arrive early to see SportsCenter broadcasting live from Pagoda Plaza, the Borg-Warner Trophy's march to the Yard of bricks, tour the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum (open at 6 am) and its special "50 Years of Team Penske in Racing" exhibit, visit the fan midway (also open at 6 am) with enhanced attractions, and enjoy a rolling stage of entertainment as well as a cappella group Naturally 7 playing in Turns 1, 2, and 4.
Motorsports legend Roger Penske will drive the pace car, a 2017 Camaro SS 50th anniversary edition. Penske is celebrating 50 years as a race team owner!
Following behind Penske and ahead of the field, legendary driver and 1969 500 winner Mario Andretti will drive a two-seat car with country singer Keith Urban as his passenger.
Actor Chris Pine, famous for his portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk in two recent Star Trek movies, will be the honorary starter waving the green flag as the pace car pulls off the track.
During the race, a party in the Snake Pit (located inside Turn 3) will feature headliner Skrillex and some of the world's biggest electronic music acts.
Indy's The Voice winner Josh Kaufman will sing "Back Home Again in Indiana" with the Indianapolis Children's Choir prior to the start of the race, while Grammy-winning, multiplatinum artist Darius Rucker will perform the national anthem.
Rucker first attained multi-platinum status in the music industry as former lead singer and rhythm guitarist of GRAMMY-Award-winning Hootie & the Blowfish. Since re-introducing himself to the world as a country artist, he has released four consecutive albums to top the Billboard Country albums chart and earned a whole new legion of fans.
In 2014, Rucker won his third career GRAMMY Award for Best Solo Country Performance for his triple-platinum selling cover of Old Crow Medicine Show's "Wagon Wheel," off his album "True Believers." Rucker's first two country albums, "Learn To Live" and "Charleston, SC 1966" produced five No. 1 singles including "Come Back Song," "This," "Alright," "It Won't Be Like This For Long" and "Don't Think I Don't Think About It."
"Southern Style," his fourth studio country album, features his latest No. 1 single "Homegrown Honey," co-written by Rucker, label mate Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum and Nathan Chapman.
Before the race, see this year's theme Fast Forward come full circle with two special flyovers.
The first flyover will include two planes that saw action during critical World War II missions: a Douglas SBD-5 and P-51 Mustang. It will be carried out in collaboration with the Commemorative Air Force, an organization founded to acquire, restore and preserve in flying condition a complete collection of combat aircraft which were flown by all military services of the United States.
The SBD was the only U.S. combat aircraft to fight from the beginning of World War II until the end. Considered the most destructive air weapon of the U.S. Navy, the SBD sank over 300,000 tons of enemy ships, a greater tonnage of Japanese shipping than any other Allied aircraft during the war. In the skies over Pearl Harbor, the SBD was the first American combat aircraft to shoot down a Japanese Zero fighter.
The P-51 Mustang is an American long-range, single-seat fighter that saw action during World War II and the Korean War. It was first commissioned in 1940 and has a top speed of 437 mph.
The second flyover will involve a single-pass in a four-plane formation at 300-350 mph. The F-18E is a single-seat variant that deploys on carriers and provides precision air to ground support, along with the ability to protect carriers from any airborne threats. The top speed of navy fighter pilots flying an F-18E is approximately Mach 1.8.
The squadrons carrying out the flyovers - VFA-81 and VAQ-139 - most recently wrapped up a 10-month deployment in the Persian Gulf assisting the fight against ISIS. It was the longest deployment for the two squadrons attached to CAG-17 since the Vietnam War. VFA-81 is based out of Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Virginia, while VAQ-139 comes from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island based in Washington State.
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May 4 - Kickoff to May
May 6 - 100th Running HandleBar Hot Lap
May 6 - Porch Party at Harrison Center for the Arts
May 6 - IMS Night with the Indianapolis Indians
May 6-27 - Fast Forward, Look Back
May 6-June 18 - A Century of Speed
May 6-July16 - The People's 500
May 7 - Finish Line 5K and OneAmerica Mini Marathon
May 7 - Rev
May 12 - Angie's List Grand Prix Practice
May 13 - Angie's List Grand Prix Qualifications
May 13 - Porch Party on Speedway's Main Street
May 14 - Angie's List Grand Prix
May 14 - Chase Kids' Day
May 14 - Chase Rookie Run
May 16 - Indy 500 Practice
May 17 - Indy 500 Practice
May 18 - Indy 500 Practice
May 19 - Indy 500 Practice
May 19 - Indy Film Fest Roving Cinema - Winning
May 20 - Indy 500 Fast Friday
May 20 - Rock N Roar 500
May 21 - Breakfast at the Brickyard
May 21 - Indy 500 First Day of Qualifications
May 21 - IMS Night at Indy Eleven Match
May 21 - Racing Through the Decades on Main
May 22 - Armed Forces Indy 500 Pole Day Qualifying
May 23 - Indy 500 Practice
May 25 - Zoopolis 500
May 26 - Indy Lights Practice & Qualifications
May 26 - 44th Annual Last Row Party
May 27 - 500 Film Series
May 27 - Memorial Service
May 27 - Miller Lite Carb Day and Concert
May 27 - Carb Night Burger Bash
May 27 - Maxim Indy 500 Party featuring Tiesto
May 27 - Rockin' on Main
May 27 - 500 Film Series
May 28 - IPL 500 Festival Parade
May 28 - Firestone Legends Day with Blake Shelton Concert
May 28 - Snakepit Ball
May 28 - The Race Party
May 29 - Bike to the 500
May 30 - Victory Banquet