Gabby Chaves makes the best of morning delay with Gordon Pipers cameo, and common sense

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Bryan Herta Autosport’s Gabby Chaves may be an Indianapolis 500 rookie, but the kid is mature beyond his years.

On Twitter, Chaves seemed to be the voice of reason in the midst of the ongoing delay while waiting for INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to provide official updates.

“This should make for a very interesting Qualy today as teams try to find the sweet spot for qualifying trim and race trim,” Chaves wrote.

He added in a second tweet, “With safety being our priority, speeds in Qualy will be lower but as many have said, it’s the race that will be a great show like always!”

The driver of the No. 98 Bowers & Wilkins/Curb Honda also briefly was an honorary Gordon Piper, although he didn’t need to don a kit or bagpipes. Team owner Bryan Herta posted a pic of the cameo this morning:

“It’s true!” Chaves told the IMS Radio Network’s Michael Young after it happened. “I guess this hits my rookie Indy 500 virginity. An initiation, if you will.”

Chaves reflected on the jump into IndyCars at the Speedway.

“It’s more than I expected to be honest. I’m just taking it in. Having raced here in Indy Lights will be a big help. On track the speeds are really high. Surprised at how it felt to an Indy Lights car. A lot quicker, a lot faster.”

We’ll see how Chaves goes in qualifying today.

IndyCar race weekend doubleheader schedule at IMS road course

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The NTT IndyCar Series will return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the third time this season but with a weekend schedule that will put the action in front of fans for the first time in 2020.

The track’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course will play host to IndyCar and sports cars series over four days. The action will begin Thursday with practice and concluding with an eight-hour race Sunday featuring the Intercontinental GT Challenge and GT World Challenge America.

The NTT IndyCar Series will hold a Friday-Saturday race doubleheader called the Harvest GP presented by GMR.

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The name is a nod to the Harvest Classic, which was held Sept. 9, 1916 to help the track stay solvent during World War I. The event had three races of 20, 50 and 100 miles (all won by Johnny Aitken) that was the only racing held outside May at IMS from 1911-93.

A limited crowd of 10,000 will be allowed each day this weekend, and those fans will be the first to experience new video boards, concession stands, restrooms and 5G wireless connectivity.

Here’s the IndyCar weekend schedule for Indianapolis Motor Speedway Harvest GP:

(All times are Eastern)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Thursday, Oct. 1

Noon — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America test session
2:25 p.m. — IndyCar practice (NBC Sports Gold)
6:20 p.m. — IndyCar qualifying for Harvest GP, Race 1 (NBC Sports Gold)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Friday, Oct. 2

10:20 a.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America practice
1:40 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America practice
3:30 p.m. — IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 1 (USA Network, NBC Sports Gold)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Saturday, Oct. 3

10:20 a.m. — IndyCar qualifying for Harvest GP, Race 2 (NBC Sports Gold)
12:10 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America qualifying
2:30 p.m. — IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 2 (NBC, NBC Sports Gold)
5:30 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America pole shootout

IndyCar weekend schedule: Sunday, Oct. 4

10 a.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America race