IMS shifts from road course to oval before 500 activities pick up

Drivers race around the oval at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 Sunday, May 27, 2018. (photo courtesy IndyCar/John Cote)
IMS Changes to Oval Track
Crews Preparing Oval Course
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - With the IndyCar Grand Prix in the rear view mirror, now fans can start gearing up for the big one - the Indianapolis 500. You'll be able to watch all the action on WTHR, but there are plenty of other things to look forward to on the way to race day on May 26.

There is no on-track action scheduled Sunday or Monday, but these next couple days will still be busy at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Workers are changing the track from the Grand Prix road course to the traditional oval for the 500. That whole process is going to take up most of the day on Sunday and possibly into Tuesday before the first practice starts for the Indy 500.


If you have kids who want to check out the track, the next couple weeks will be a good time for that. Children 15 and under get in free, with an adult paying general admission, on any day they have on-track action, which starts on Tuesday and goes through Legends Day on Saturday, May 25.

Next Sunday, on the second day of qualifying, veterans or current military members can get in free with their ID.

For people who may not be interested in racing, they can stop by to see concerts, like Zac Brown Band, Foreigner and Kool & the Gang.

New this year, there will be two days of bumping during qualifications. On Saturday, May 18, each driver will get the chance to lay down at least one set of qualifying laps and the middle of the field will be set. By the time the gates close Saturday night, spots 10 through 30 will be locked in. Then on Sunday, May 19, the last remaining drivers will fight for the right to race and secure a spot on the back row. Also that day, the Fast Nine will duke it out to see who will end up on pole. By the end of the day Sunday, the field will be set for the Indy 500 and three drivers among the 36 entries will be left out of the race.

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