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88th Indianapolis 500 race day schedule

5/26/2004

INDIANAPOLIS -- Here is the schedule of events for the 88th Indianapolis 500 this Sunday, May 30 (noon, ABC) at Indy Motor Speedway:
(All times ET)

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)