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99th Indianapolis 500 Race Day Schedule: Sunday, May 24

INDIANAPOLIS, Saturday, May 23, 2015 – Detailed schedule for 2015 Indianapolis 500 Race Day on Sunday, May 24 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway: NOTE: All gates open at 6 a.m.

SCHEDULE (all times local)

6 a.m. Cannon Signifies Opening of Track
IMS Midway Opens
7 a.m. Snake Pit presented by Miller Lite Opens featuring Kaskade, Steve Aoki
and A-Trak
8-9:15 a.m. Parade of Bands
9:30 a.m. Race Cars begin entering Pit Lane
Celebrity Red Carpet Begins – Pagoda Plaza
Sponsor Parade Car Laps Begin – South End of Pits
9:45 a.m. Sponsor Parade Car Laps End
9:54 a.m. Moto America Bike Laps Begin
9:55 a.m. All Cars in Place on Pit Lane
Purdue Band Begins March to Yard of Bricks 
10:15 a.m. “On the Banks of the Wabash” – Purdue University Band (Victory Circle)
Cars Begin to Grid on Track
10:25 a.m. Green Flag Delivered in Turn 1 by IUH Helicopter
10:35 a.m. Camaro Carrying Paul George and Riley Patient Departs – Lap to
Yard of Bricks (Pit Lane)
10:38 a.m. Paul George, Riley Patient, Deliver Green Flag to Starter on Yard of Bricks,
Camaro Carrying Grand Marshal Nastia Liukin Departs
10:40 a.m. All Cars are in Place on Grid
Winning Driver Laps in Current Pace Cars Depart from South Pit (via Pit Lane)
A.J. Foyt – 1961, ’64, ’67, ’77
Parnelli Jones – 1963
Bobby Unser – 1968, ’75, ’81
Mario Andretti – 1969
Johnny Rutherford – 1974, ’76, ’80
Rick Mears – 1979, ’84, ’88, ’91
Bobby Rahal – 1986
Arie Luyendyk – 1990, ’97
Al Unser Jr. – 1992, ’94
Kenny Brack – 1999
Gil de Ferran – 2003
Dario Franchitti – 2007, ’10, ’12
10:50 a.m. Vintage Car Laps Begin (via Pit Lane)
1968 Eagle – Alex Gurney
1973 Eagle – Justin Gurney
1975 Eagle – Jimmy Gurney
1981 Eagle – Danny Gurney
1915 Mercedes – (100th Anniversary) – TBD
1940 Maserati (75th Anniversary Indy 500 Win) – Al Unser
1965 Lotus (50th Anniversary Indy 500 Win) – Dario Franchitti
1990 Lola (25th Anniversary Indy 500 Win) – Arie Luyendyk
Engine Warm-up Begins 
11:35 a.m. Drivers in Line on Yard of Bricks under Panasonic Pagoda by row (33 to 1)
11:37 a.m. Driver Introductions
11:50 a.m. Troops Begin Marching Into Place From North of Tower Terrace
WWII Vets Walk Into Place From South Pagoda Passage
11:53 a.m. “America the Beautiful” – Danielle Bradbery
11:55 a.m. WWII Commander Inspection Speech, Pit Lane
11:55 a.m. Military Speech, General Dennis Via
11:57 a.m. “God Bless America,” Florence Henderson
Red Bull Sky Divers coming in over Snake Pit – Landing on Golf Course
11:59 a.m. Invocation – Archbishop Joseph Tobin of Indianapolis
12:01 p.m. Rifle Volley Begins – Victory Podium
12:02 p.m. “Taps” Begins – Victory Podium
12:04 p.m. National Anthem Begins – Jordin Sparks
12:05 p.m. Flyover by A-10C Warthog by Indiana Air National Guard 122nd Fighter Wing,
Fort Wayne, Indiana
12:06 p.m. “Drivers to your Cars” Command
12:13 p.m. “(Back Home Again in) Indiana” Straight No Chaser
Balloon Spectacle
12:15 p.m. Command to Start Engines, Mari Hulman George, IMS Chairman of the Board
12:15 p.m. Parade Lap
12:19 p.m. Pace Laps
12:21 p.m. Green Flag – 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race
2 p.m. (Approximate – Lap 100) IMS Midway Closes
6 p.m. Public Gates Close


TICKETS:  General Admission $40, children 12 and under free. Reserved seat tickets start at $46.

MUSEUM HOURS: 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for fans 6-15 years old, with children under 5 free. Gate admission to the Indianapolis 500 is not included in Museum admission and must be purchased separately.


2015 Ticket Information: Ticket information is available for all racing events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2015 – 99th Indianapolis 500, Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational, Lilly Diabetes 250, Crown Royal Presents the “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400 at the Brickyard and Red Bull Indianapolis GP.

Fans have three quick, convenient methods to buy tickets:
• Online: Visit Tickets are available 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
• Phone: Call 800-822-INDY or 317-492-6700 between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday.
• In Person: Visit the IMS Ticket Office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday.

Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are available. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at 866-221-8775 for more information.

Information on parking and camping at IMS events is available at

Photo Courtesy the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Image by Chris Owen