Speedway prepares for Fast Friday

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Fast Friday is considered one of the most exciting days leading up to the Indianapolis 500, signaling the start of a big weekend, as well.

Overall practice speeds have been fast, but today they are expected to climb even higher. It's possible we'll see speeds reach 230 mph this afternoon as race teams get ready for Saturday's run for the pole position for the 500. 

"It's new boost by new boost," explained Speedway spokesman Doug Boles. "It means the cars are going to be given more horsepower, so they'll go faster than they've gone the past six days of practice leading up to Indy 500."

Boles added that Fast Friday is also probably the busiest day for track action because everyone is making sure they are ready to compete for the pole.

As always, weather impacts speed. Windy conditions can certainly impact drivers and their cars. If it rains, they won't run.  The Speedway reacts to weather on a case by case basis, and will decide how rain plays into this weekend's qualifying.  IMS officials monitor the radar and plans to let fans know their plans so they can decide whether to stay or leave.

Today's forecast calls for isolated showers in the morning with rain chances increasing in the afternoon.

New this year, an idea lifted from the Super Bowl village a year ago - a zipline for adventurous race fans to try.  It's on the infield inside Turn 4 at the north end of the track.

Schedule of Events:

10:00 a.m. - Gates Open
10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. - Social Media Garage open inGarages 34 and 35
12 Noon-6:00 p.m. - Fast Friday practice
6:00 p.m. - Gates Close
6:15 p.m. - Qualifying Draw on Pagoda Plaza Stage

Admission is $10.