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2017 INDYCAR Grand Prix Starting Grid & Spotters Guide






















Qualifying Friday for the INDYCAR Grand Prix Verizon IndyCar Series event on the 2.439-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, with qualifying position, car number in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, time and speed in parentheses:

1. (12) Will Power, Chevrolet, 01:07.7044 (129.687)
2. (3) Helio Castroneves, Chevrolet, 01:08.1169 (128.902)
3. (2) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 01:08.1622 (128.816)
4. (9) Scott Dixon, Honda, 01:08.2454 (128.659)
5. (22) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 01:08.2478 (128.655)
6. (18) Sebastien Bourdais, Honda, 01:08.3973 (128.373)
7. (1) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 01:08.4461 (128.282)
8. (28) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 01:08.5735 (128.044)
9. (98) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 01:08.5824 (128.027)
10. (5) James Hinchcliffe, Honda, 01:08.8668 (127.498)
11. (27) Marco Andretti, Honda, 01:08.9151 (127.409)
12. (10) Tony Kanaan, Honda, 01:08.9853 (127.279)
13. (19) Ed Jones, Honda, 01:09.0025 (127.248)
14. (8) Max Chilton, Honda, 01:08.6675 (127.868)
15. (4) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 01:09.0557 (127.150)
16. (20) Spencer Pigot, Chevrolet, 01:08.9484 (127.347)
17. (7) Mikhail Aleshin, Honda, 01:09.1777 (126.925)
18. (14) Carlos Munoz, Chevrolet, 01:08.9937 (127.264)
19. (83) Charlie Kimball, Honda, 01:09.1796 (126.922)
20. (15) Graham Rahal, Honda, 01:09.0985 (127.071)
21. (21) JR Hildebrand, Chevrolet, 01:09.6123 (126.133)
22. (26) Takuma Sato, Honda, 01:09.3134 (126.677)

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2017 INDYCAR Grand Prix RACE DAY Schedule for Saturday, May 13th

Schedule for the INDYCAR Grand Prix on Saturday, May 13, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

SCHEDULE (All times local)

  • 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Ticket Office Open, IMS Credential Office Open
  • 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.: Public Gates Open
  • 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: IMS Kids Zone Open, IMS Midway Open
  • 8:05 a.m.: Pro Mazda Driver Introductions
  • 8:15 a.m.: Pro Mazda Race #2 (50 Minutes)
  • 9:20-9:50 a.m.: Indy Lights Qualifying
  • 9:52 a.m.: USF2000 Driver Introductions
  • 10:05 a.m.: USF2000 Race #2 (40 Minutes)
  • 11-11:30 a.m.: Verizon IndyCar Series Warm-Up
  • Noon-1 p.m.: Firestone Pin Distribution – Pagoda Plaza
  • 12:35-1 p.m.: Sam Schmidt and Mario Andretti Race Semi-Autonomous Cars
  • 1 p.m.: Indy Lights Driver Introductions
  • 1:15 p.m.: Indy Lights Race #2 (70 Minutes)
  • 2:50 p.m.: Cars to the Grid
  • 2:55 p.m.: VIP Introductions
  • 3-3:30 p.m.: Bronze Badge Grid Walk – Enter/Exit through Victory Podium and South Pit Gate. Kids with Junior Garage Credentials can participate in the grid walk if a parent has a Bronze Badge. Kids cannot participate if parent has Bronze Badge but they do not have a Junior Garage Credential.
  • 3-3:15 p.m.: Driver Introductions
  • 3:26 p.m.: Invocation given by Mark Schuitema
  • 3:27 p.m.: National anthem performed by Forever In Your Mind
  • 3:43 p.m.: “Start Your Engines”
  • 3:50 p.m.: Green Flag – actress Alicia Silverstone
  • 3:50 p.m.: INDYCAR Grand Prix (85 Laps)
  • Post-Race: Post-Race Track Invasion, Victory View

TICKETS: General Admission: $30, kids 15 and under free. Reserved Seats: $41-$87, everyone regardless of age must hold a valid ticket.

PUBLIC GATES OPEN: 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Gate 1, Gate 2, Gate 3, Gate 4, Gate 6, Gate 7 Vehicle, Gate 7 South Pedestrian, Gate 9, Gate 10, Gate 10A, Gate 12

STANDS OPEN:

General Admission – Backstretch Mounds, Backstretch Family Mounds, Turn 2 Mounds, Turn 4 Mounds, Hulman North Mounds, Hulman South Mounds, Northwest Vista (Rows A-Z, Sec. 11-15) FLEX

Reserved – A Penthouse, B Penthouse, Corner 7, Corner 7 Wheelchair, E Penthouse, E Stand, H Stand (13-24), J Stand, North Vista Wheelchair, Northwest Vista (1-10) as needed, Northwest Vista Deck, Paddock Penthouse (10-20), Pit Road Terrace, South Terrace, South Vista (1-5), South Vista Deck, Southwest Vista Deck, Wheelchair Accessible

Smoke-Free Stands – Northwest Vista (Sections 11-15)

PARKING LOTS OPEN (6:30 a.m.): Lot 1B – Paid Daily, Lot 2 – Paid Daily, Main Gate – Paid Daily, Lot 8 – Paid Daily, Turn 3 Pre-Paid Only, North 40 – Free Public Parking (while space remains)

ADA PARKING: Fans needing ADA accessible parking must purchase an ADA parking pass from the IMS ticket office to park inside the facility. All ADA parking inside the venue is reserved parking on Race Day. North 40 ADA parking is free on a first-come, first-serve basis.

MUSEUM HOURS: 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m., FREE with INDYCAR Grand Prix General Admission ticket or Reserved Seat ticket.

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2017 INDYCAR Grand Prix Schedule for Friday, May 12th

Schedule for the INDYCAR Grand Prix on Friday, May 12, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

SCHEDULE (All times local)

  • 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.: Public Gates, Ticket Office, IMS Midway Open
  • 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.: IMS Kids Zone Open
  • 7:55-8:15 a.m.: USF2000 Qualifying 1
  • 8:30-9 a.m.: Pro Mazda Qualifying 1
  • 9:15-10 a.m.: Verizon IndyCar Series Practice 1
  • 10:15-11 a.m.: Indy Lights Practice
  • 11-11:45 a.m.: Verizon IndyCar Series Driver Autograph Session, INDYCAR Fan Village, IMS Midway
  • 11:15-11:35 a.m.: USF2000 Qualifying 2
  • 11:50 a.m.-12:10 p.m.: Pro Mazda Qualifying 2
  • Noon-12:30 p.m.: Indy Lights Driver Autograph Session, INDYCAR Fan Village, IMS Midway
  • 12:25-1:10 p.m.: Verizon IndyCar Series Practice 2
  • 12:45-1:15 p.m.: USF2000 Driver Autograph Session, INDYCAR Fan Village, IMS Midway
  • 1:15-1:30 p.m.: Verizon IndyCar Series Pit Stop Practice
  • 1:30-2 p.m.: Pro Mazda Autograph Session, INDYCAR Fan Village
  • 1:45-2:15 p.m.: Indy Lights Qualifying 1
  • 2:30-3:10 p.m.: USF2000 Race 1 (40 Minutes)
  • 3:25-4:05 p.m.: Pro Mazda Race 1 (40 Minutes)
  • 4:20-5:35 p.m.: Verizon IndyCar Series Qualifying
  • 5:50-6:50 p.m.: Indy Lights Race 1 (60 Minutes)
  • 7:30-11 p.m.: “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” red-carpet screening, Pagoda Plaza (Private event, must have special screening ticket)

TICKETS: $20 (general admission). Kids 15 and under free.

PUBLIC GATES OPEN: 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Gate 1, Gate 1B, Gate 2, Gate 4, Gate 6, Media Gate, Gate 7 Vehicle, Gate 7 South Pedestrian, Gate 9, Gate 9A Credential, Gate 10, Gate 10A, Gate 12

STANDS OPEN: A Penthouse, B Penthouse, Backstretch Family Mounds, Backstretch Mounds, Corner 7, Corner 7 Wheelchair, E Penthouse, H Stand (as needed), Hulman North Mounds, Hulman South Mounds, J Stand (as needed), North Vista Wheelchair, Northwest Vista 1-10 (as needed), Northwest Vista Deck, Paddock Penthouse, Tower Terrace (37-42), South Terrace, South Vista (1-5), South Vista Deck, Turn 2 Mounds, Turn 4 Mounds

PARKING LOTS OPEN (6:30 a.m.): Lot 1B – Paid Daily, Lot 2 – Paid Daily, Main Gate – Paid Daily, North 40 – Free Public Parking

MUSEUM HOURS: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., FREE with INDYCAR Grand Prix General Admission ticket or Reserved Seat ticket.

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Robert Mathis To Drive Pace Car at 2017 INDYCAR Grand Prix

Indianapolis Colts legend Robert Mathis will drive the 2017 Corvette Stingray Coupe Pace Car at the fourth annual INDYCAR Grand Prix on Saturday, May 13 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Mathis spent his entire 14-year National Football League career as an outside linebacker for the Colts, from 2003-16. He was named to the Pro Bowl six times and was named AFC Defensive Player of the Year and first-team All-Pro in 2013 after leading the NFL in sacks. Mathis also was a star on the Colts’ team that won Super Bowl XLI.

“Just when you think it couldn’t get any better, the city known as the Racing Capital of the World grants me a bucket list opportunity!” Mathis said. “Colts, Pacers, Fever, 11, Indians and racing fans all over the world, I will be your official pacesetter this Saturday for the Grand Prix! #IAmIndyAndIndyisMe.”

Mathis will kick off the Greatest Month in Racing by leading the field for the Verizon IndyCar Series race to the green flag on the 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course at IMS. He will drive a 2017 Corvette Stingray Coupe Pace Car that features:

  • 460-horsepower (343 kW) LT1 direct-injected V-8 engine
  • Eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission
  • Z51 performance package
  • Polished aluminum 19-inch front/20-inch rear wheels
  • Competition sport bucket seats
  • Performance data recorded
  • Selective magnetic ride control
  • Arctic white body color with unique GM design graphics package

Chevrolet has a storied history with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Chevrolet was founded in 1911, the year of the inaugural Indianapolis 500-Mile Race, and company co-founder Louis Chevrolet, along with brothers Arthur and Gaston, competed in early Indy 500 races. Arthur Chevrolet competed in the 1911 race, and Gaston Chevrolet won it in 1920.

“Robert Mathis is one of the most popular Colts ever, and his enthusiasm has made him a great ambassador for this city and its vibrant sports culture,” said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. “He’s a perfect fit to lead The Greatest Drivers in Racing to the green flag at the INDYCAR Grand Prix. We’re also grateful for our longstanding relationship with Chevrolet and can’t wait to see the 2017 Corvette Stingray Coupe at the front of the field this Saturday.”

SOURCE: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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Pop Group “Forever In Your Mind” to Sing National Anthem at 2017 INDYCAR Grand Prix

Billboard-charting pop group Forever In Your Mind will perform the national anthem before the start of the INDYCAR Grand Prix on Saturday, May 13 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Forever In Your Mind (FIYM), comprised of band members Ricky Garcia, Liam Attridge and Emery Kelly, has amassed more than 30 million video views from its self-titled debut EP released by Hollywood Records in 2016. The stylish trio also has sold out concerts nationwide and has a combined global reach of more than 2 million followers on social media.

“The harmonies of Forever In Your Mind will be on full display during their performance of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ before the INDYCAR Grand Prix,” said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. “Fans of all ages will appreciate and enjoy their rendition, and we look forward to welcoming them to IMS at the start of the Greatest Month in Racing.”

Said FIYM’s Garcia: “We can’t wait to perform the national anthem at the Racing Capital of the World at the start of May. Jumping in an Indy car was seriously epic; these guys go fast and deal with a lot of pressure as they navigate a course. I think we’ll stick to singing for now, but it was awesome being a race car driver for a day!”

SOURCE: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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