2015 month of May schedule at IMS released

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The schedule for this year’s month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been revealed on Tuesday.

Notable are the addition of a single test day for the first oval aero kit debut on May 3, the deletion of the Sunday practice a week later after the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis as there was last year, and a change in time for opening day for the oval portion of the schedule on Monday, May 11.

The aero kit testing time was not announced. However on May 11, testing will run later in the day from 4 to 7 p.m. This gives the teams an extra day after the GPI race to prep their cars into oval specifications.

A post-qualifying practice on Monday, May 18, also returns for a second straight year.

Here is the full schedule, per IMS:

2015 Month of May schedule

  • Saturday, May 2 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, Rev: Methodist Health Foundation charity kick-off event at IMS
  • Sunday, May 3 Opening Day – Verizon IndyCar Series oval test (aero kits debut)
  • Thursday, May 7 Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis practice (free to the public)
  • Friday, May 8 Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis qualifications
  • Saturday, May 9 Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis Race Day
  • May 11-14 Indianapolis 500 practice
  • Friday, May 15 Indianapolis 500 practice – Fast Friday
  • Saturday, May 16 Indianapolis 500 qualifications
  • Sunday, May 17 Old National Armed Forces Pole Day
  • Monday, May 18 Indianapolis 500 practice
  • Wednesday, May 20 IMS Racing Experience & Fan Track Laps, Driver Community Day
  • Thursday, May 21 Indy Lights practice and qualifications
  • Friday, May 22 Coors Light Carb Day, Indianapolis 500 practice, Freedom 100 race, TAG Heuer Pit Stop Challenge, Coors Light Carb Day concert
  • Saturday, May 23 Legends Day Honoring Al Unser presented by Firestone, Concert presented by Firestone
  • Sunday, May 24 99th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, Indy 500 Snake Pit presented by Miller Lite

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.