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Indianapolis 500 schedule

5/27/2004

  • Sat. May 22: IndyCar Series practice, Freedom 100 Race

  • Sun. May 23: IndyCar Series practice, Bump Day

  • Wed. May 26: 500 Festival Community Day

  • Thu. May 27: IndyCar Series final practice, Pit Stop Challenge, Carb Day

  • Sun. May 30: Full breakdown of race day activities:

    6 a.m. -- Indianapolis Motor Speedway gates open

    8:45 a.m. -- Spectacle of Bands

    9:30 a.m. -- Cars positioned in front of respective pits

    10 a.m. -- Parade of historic cars

    10:40 a.m. -- "On The Banks of the Wabash,'' by Purdue
    University band

    10:50 a.m. -- Ceremonial and VIP laps

    11-11:05 a.m. -- Cars warm up engines

    11:25 a.m. -- Drivers line up for photo on start-finish line

    11:31 a.m. -- Driver introductions

    11:36 a.m. -- "America the Beautiful,'' sung by Florence
    Henderson

    11:40 a.m. -- National Anthem, sung by Jessica Simpson; flyover

    11:42 a.m. -- Drivers instructed to their cars

    11:44 a.m. -- Invocation

    11:45 a.m. -- Memorial Day recognition

    11:48 a.m. -- Playing of "Taps'' by the Purdue band

    11:49 a.m. -- "Back Home Again in Indiana,'' sung by Jim Nabors;
    traditional balloon spectacle

    11:51 a.m. -- Command, "Gentlemen, start your engines,'' by Mari
    Hulman George

    11:53 a.m. -- Chevrolet Corvette convertible pace car, driven by
    actor Morgan Freeman, leads starters on parade lap

    11:58 a.m. -- Pace laps

    Noon -- Flying start of the 88th Indianapolis 500 (ABC)