Indy 500 schedule 2014

Jonathan Ferrey

A look at the schedule leading to Sunday’s 98th running of the Indianapolis 500.

After a week's preparation focusing almost exclusively on qualifying for the Indianapolis 500, attention now turns to the May 25 race itself.

As opposed to the week prior where the speedway was open every day for practice, drivers will have just two sessions of track time to prepare for Sunday's race. The first of these rounds is scheduled for Monday, which should see drivers on the track for longer stints and in traffic as they get acclimated to the conditions they will face Sunday.

The final day of practice is Friday and is the Indianapolis 500 tradition known as "Carb Day," where drivers shakedown their cars one final time. Friday will also feature the annual pit stop competition where crews go head-to-head in an elimination-style bracket.

It all leads to the 98th edition of the Indianapolis 500, "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing."

Schedule of events (all times Eastern)

Monday, May 19

12 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Verizon IndyCar Series practice

Tuesday, May 20 and Wednesday, May 21

No on-track activity

Thursday, May 22

9 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Indy Lights practice

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. - Indy Lights qualifying

Friday, May 23

11 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Indianapolis 500 practice

12:30 p.m. - Indy Lights Freedom 100 (40 Laps)

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - TAG Heuer Pit Stop Challenge

Sunday, May 25

11:33 a.m. - Indianapolis 500 driver introductions

11:43 a.m. - America the Beautiful

11:45 a.m. - Military Address

11:47 a.m. - God Bless America performed by Florence Henderson

11:49 a.m. - Invocation

11:52 a.m. - Taps

11:53 a.m. - National Anthem performed by LeAnn Rimes

12:04 p.m. - Back Home Again in Indiana - performed by Jim Nabors

12:12 p.m. - 98th Running of the Indianapolis 500 (200 Laps)

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