Friday, May 20

Indianapolis 500 Schedule 2011

Opens May 14 for the first day of practice in preparation for the 100th anniversary Indianapolis 500 on May 29. Key dates include pole day on May 21 and Carb Day on May 27.
Friday, May 20:
Gates open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. for Fast Friday; open practice, noon-6 p.m.

Saturday, May 21:
Gates open 6 a.m.-6 p.m. for pole day qualifying; open practice, 8-10 a.m.; 
qualifications, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and 4:30-6 p.m.
Sunday, May 22:
Gates open 8 a.m.--6 p.m. for bump day qualifying; open practice, 9-10 a.m.; 
qualifications, noon-6 p.m.
Monday, May 23-Tuesday, May 24:
No track activity.
Wednesday, May 25:
Gates open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. for American Family Insurance 500 Festival Community Day; no track activity.
Thursday, May 26:
Gates open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. for Firestone Freedom 100 practice and qualifying; practice, 9-9:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; qualifying, 3-4 p.m.
Friday, May 27:
Gates open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. for Miller Lite Carb Day; Indianapolis 500 final practice, 11 a.m.-noon; Firestone Freedom 100, 12:30 p.m.; Pit Stop Challenge, 1:30 p.m.; 
Carb Day concert featuring Staind and Papa Roach, 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 28:
Gates open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. for A.J. Foyt Day, no track activity;
autograph sessions, 9-10 a.m. and noon-4 p.m.; public drivers' meeting, 10:40 a.m.
Sunday, May 29:
Gates open at 6 a.m. for the 100th anniversary Indianapolis 500; green flag, noon

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, travel writer, music, restaurant and performing arts critic. Catch her as Indy’s Arts & Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC and follow her on Twitter @ejmusgrave1 and Facebook.
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