What day is the Indy 500? What happens at Indianapolis Motor Speedway before the race begins
The 2023 Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for Sunday, May 28. Alex Palou set the pole position qualifying record and will lead the 33-car field to the green flag, which will be waved by Hoosier actor Adam Driver.
Stephanie Beatriz, Jewel, Angela Brown and pace car driver Tyrese Haliburton of the Indiana Pacers are scheduled to be part of pre-race fun, and don't forget about the Indy 500 traditions.
Here's what will happen on the track.
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6 a.m. ET: Public gates open
7 a.m.: Snake Pit gates open
8:15 a.m.: Snake Pit concert begins
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9-9:20 a.m.: Cars to pit road
8:45-10:10 a.m.: Borg-Warner Trophy march to the bricks from the IMS Museum
10:25 a.m.: Purdue band plays "On the Banks of the Wabash"
10:30 a.m.: Cars to grid on front stretch
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10:31 a.m.: IU Health helicopter delivers green flag inside Turn 1
10:37 a.m.: Past winners laps, with A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, Johnny Rutherford, Rick Mears, Tom Sneva, Bobby Rahal, Arie Luyendyk, Al Unser Jr., Kenny Brack, Gil de Ferran, Dario Franchitti
10:54 a.m.: Historic race car laps
11:25 a.m.: Military appreciation lap
11:47 a.m.: Driver introductions
12:11 p.m.: "America the Beautiful," Indiana National Guard quartet with Purdue band
12:14 p.m.: Military address, Gen. Paul Nakasone
12:18 p.m.: Invocation, Archbishop Charles Thompson
12:20 p.m.: Taps
12:21 p.m.: "God Bless America," Angela Brown
12:24 p.m.: National anthem, sung by Jewel
12:27 p.m.: Flyover, 49th Fighter Wing
12:29 p.m.: "Drivers to your cars," Stephanie Beatriz
12:36 p.m.: "Back Home Again in Indiana," sung by Jim Cornelison
12:38 p.m.: Command to start engines, Roger Penske
12:45 p.m.: Green flag