Full schedule for the Month of May at Indianapolis

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A “mega” month of May is about to begin at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as the Verizon IndyCar Series readies itself for two events at the Racing Capitol of the World.

The Grand Prix of Indianapolis will take over the IMS road course from May 8-10, while preparations for the 98th Indianapolis 500 begin the day after on May 11.

If you intend to follow everything at the Speedway, be sure to bookmark and save this post so you’ll know what to expect each day.

Keep in mind that ALL TIMES ARE EASTERN and subject to change.

Thursday, May 8 – GRAND PRIX OF INDIANAPOLIS PRACTICE
10 a.m-5:30 p.m., Verizon IndyCar Series & Mazda Road to Indy Practice
10 a.m.-10:45 a.m., Verizon IndyCar Series Practice
11 a.m.-11:45 a.m., USF2000 Practice
Noon-12:45 p.m., Pro Mazda Practice
1 p.m.-1:45 p.m., Indy Lights Practice
2 p.m.-2:45 p.m., Verizon IndyCar Series Practice
3 p.m.-3:30 p.m., USF2000 Practice
3:45 p.m.-4:15 p.m., Pro Mazda Practice
4:30 p.m.-5:15 p.m., Indy Lights Practice
5:30 p.m., Celebration of Automobiles Track Laps Begin

Friday, May 9 – GRAND PRIX OF INDIANAPOLIS QUALIFYING / MAZDA ROAD TO INDY
10 a.m.-10:45, Verizon IndyCar Series Practice
11 a.m.-11:45 a.m., USF2000 Qualifying
Noon-12:45 p.m., Pro Mazda Qualifying
1 p.m.-1:45 p.m., Indy Lights Qualifying
2:00 p.m.-3:10 p.m., Verizon IndyCar Series Qualifying
3:30 p.m.-4:10 p.m., USF2000 Race #1
4:30 p.m.-5:10 p.m., Pro Mazda Race #1
5:30 p.m.-6:10 p.m., Indy Lights Race #1

Saturday, May 10 – GRAND PRIX OF INDIANAPOLIS RACE DAY
7 a.m.-4 p.m., Celebration of Automobiles
11:00 a.m.-11:50, USF2000 Race #2
12:10 p.m.-1 p.m., Pro Mazda Race #2
1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Indy Lights Race #2
3:50 p.m., Grand Prix of Indianapolis Race Begins

Sunday, May 11-Thursday, May 15 – INDIANAPOLIS 500 PRACTICE
Noon-6 p.m.

Friday, May 16 – INDIANAPOLIS 500 “FAST FRIDAY” PRACTICE
Noon-6 p.m.

Saturday, May 17 – INDIANAPOLIS 500 QUALIFYING DAY 1
8:00 a.m.-8:30 a.m., Verizon IndyCar Series Group 1 Practice
8:30 a.m.-9 a.m., Verizon IndyCar Series Group 2 Practice
9 a.m.-10 a.m., Verizon IndyCar Series (All) Practice
11:00 a.m.-5:50 p.m., Verizon IndyCar Series Qualifying

Sunday, May 18 – ARMED FORCES POLE DAY
8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m., Verizon IndyCar Series Practice
10:15 a.m., Verizon IndyCar Series Group 1 Qualifying Begins (Positions 10 – 30)
12:45 p.m.-1:30 p.m., Verizon IndyCar Series Group 2 Qualifying Begins (Positions 31 – 33)
2:00 p.m.-2:45 p.m., Verizon IndyCar Series Fast Nine Qualifying

Monday, May 19 – INDIANAPOLIS 500 PRACTICE
Noon-5 p.m.

Tuesday, May 20 – NO TRACK ACTIVITY

Wednesday, May 21 – COMMUNITY DAY (No Track Activity)

Thursday, May 22 – INDY LIGHTS PRACTICE AND QUALIFYING
9:00 a.m.-Noon, Indy Lights Practice
1:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m., Indy Lights Qualifying

Friday, May 23 – INDIANAPOLIS 500 CARB DAY
11:00 a.m.-Noon, Verizon IndyCar Series Practice Begins (Coverage on NBCSN)
12:30 p.m.-1:20 p.m., Indy Lights Race Begins
1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m., Pit Stop Competition Begins

Saturday, May 24 – LEGENDS DAY HONORING MARIO ANDRETTI (No Track Activity)
10:30 a.m., Public Drivers Meeting, Tower Terrace

Sunday, May 25 – 98th INDIANAPOLIS 500 RACE DAY
5:30 a.m., Public Gates Open
11:33 a.m., Driver Introductions
Noon, Start of 98th Indianapolis 500 (200 laps)

Verstappen doesn’t want F1 season to end after recent run of form

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Max Verstappen says he is not ready for the 2017 Formula 1 season to come to an end after enjoying a run of strong form through the closing stages of the campaign.

Verstappen endured a rocky run of form through to the end of the European season that saw him suffer a number of reliability issues and score just a single podium finish, taking third in China back in April.

However, the Dutchman has rallied to score more points than any other driver in the last five races, including victories in Malaysia and Mexico, as well as a podium finish in Japan.

Verstappen heads into next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix chasing a third win of the year to sign off, but joked he does not want the season to end just as he’s got into a good groove.

“We will, of course, try and end the season with a strong result in Abu Dhabi,” Verstappen said. “Last year was actually quite a good race after skipping a pit stop following a spin at Turn 1, it was hard to manage the tires to the end of the race but we did it and finished fourth.

“I would say that my favorite part of the track is at Turns 2 and 3, the fast left, right. It’s also very cool driving underneath the hotel and racing in the darkness with all the lights.

“The final sector at Yas Marina is actually quite technical so you have to be really precise there, but it should also be our strongest part of the track.

“There are quite a few overtaking opportunities to make the race interesting, before the long straight at the hairpin and then at the end of the straight under braking for the next chicane section.

“Abu Dhabi is the last race on the calendar, but I don’t actually want the season to end. I’m really fired up at the moment and I just want to keep going.

“The nice thing will be to spend some time with friends and family over the winter break and then I will look ahead to January and get back into training before it all starts again.”