IndyCar’s May race schedules: 105th Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

IndyCar Indy 500 May schedule
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It’s May at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which means a jam-packed schedule of race cars from the NTT IndyCar Series screaming around the world’s most famous racetrack in preparation for the Indy 500.

The warmup act is the GMR Grand Prix on IMS’s road course, which also will play host to all three rungs of the Mazda Road to Indy Series.

After the May 15 races, the track will convert to its 2.5-mile oval layout for the next two weeks in the run-up to the 105th Indy 500. After four consecutive days of practice, qualifying for Greatest Spectacle in Racing will take place May 22-23. The Indy 500 will be held May 30 and will be televised on NBC.

INDY 500 INFO: Start times, schedules, TV, stats, historical details about the race

Takuma Sato is the defending winner of the Indy 500 and is seeking to become the first driver to win the race three times after turning 40. There are eight other former Indy 500 winners in the field: Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Tony Kanaan, Juan Pablo Montoya, Simon Pagenaud, Will Power and Alexander Rossi.

Click here to view the 35 entries for 33 spots in the field.

Here are the IndyCar Indy 500 schedules for May at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:

(All times are Eastern)

IMS schedule: Thursday, May 13

8-8:50 a.m.: USF2000 testing

9:05-9:55 a.m.: Indy Pro 2000 testing

10:10-11:00 a.m.: Indy Lights testing

11:15 a.m.-12:05 p.m.: USF2000 testing

12:20-1:10 p.m.: Indy Pro 2000 testing

1:25-2:15 p.m.: Indy Lights testing

2:30-3 p.m.: USF2000 practice

3:15-3:45 p.m.: Indy Pro 2000 practice

4-4:45 p.m.: Indy Lights practice

5-5:20 p.m.: USF2000 qualifying

IMS schedule: Friday, May 14

8-8:20 a.m.: Indy Pro 2000 qualifying, Race 1

8:35-9:05 a.m.: Indy Lights qualifying, Race 1

9:30-10:15 a.m.: NTT IndyCar Series practice, Peacock Premium

10:40-11:20 a.m.: USF2000 Race 1 (15 laps)

11:45 a.m.-12:35 p.m.: Indy Pro 2000 Race 1 (25 laps)

1-1:45 p.m.: NTT IndyCar Series practice, Peacock Premium

2-3:15 p.m.: Indy Lights Race 1 (30 laps), Peacock Premium

3:25-4:05 p.m.: USF2000 Race 2 (15 laps)

4:30-5:45 p.m.: NTT IndyCar Series qualifying, Peacock Premium

IMS schedule: Saturday, May 15

7:50-8:40 a.m.: Indy Pro 2000 Race 2 (25 laps)

8:55-9:25 a.m.: Indy Lights qualifying, Race 2

9:40-10:20 a.m.: USF2000 Race 3 (20 laps)

10:45-11:15 a.m.: NTT IndyCar Series warmup, Peacock Premium

11:40 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Indy Pro 2000 Race 3 (25 laps)

12:35-1:45 p.m.: Indy Lights Race 2 (35 laps), Peacock Premium

2:45 p.m.: IndyCar GMR Grand Prix (85 laps), NBC

IndyCar Indy 500 schedule: Tuesday, May 18

6 a.m.: Garage opens

10 a.m.-6 p.m.: NTT IndyCar Series Indy 500 practice (oval veterans 10 a.m.-noon; rookies and refreshers noon-2 p.m.; 3-6 p.m. all drivers), Peacock Premium

8 p.m.: Garage closes

IndyCar Indy 500 schedule: Wednesday, May 19

8 a.m.: Garage opens

Noon-6 p.m.: NTT IndyCar Series Indy 500 practice, Peacock Premium

8 p.m.: Garage closes

IndyCar Indy 500 schedule: Thursday, May 20

8 a.m.: Garage opens

Noon-6 p.m.: NTT IndyCar Series Indy 500 practice, Peacock Premium

8 p.m.: Garage closes

IndyCar Indy 500 schedule: Friday, May 21

8 a.m.: Garage opens

Noon-6 p.m.: NTT IndyCar Series Indy 500 practice, Peacock Premium

8 p.m.: Garage closes

IndyCar Indy 500 schedule: Saturday, May 22

6:30 a.m.: Garage opens

9:30-10:30 a.m.: NTT IndyCar Series Indy 500 practice, Peacock Premium

Noon-5:50 p.m.: Indy 500 qualifying, Peacock Premium, NBC (2-3 p.m.), NBCSN (3-6 p.m.)

8:30 p.m.: Garage closes

IndyCar Indy 500 schedule: Sunday, May 23

8 a.m.: Garage opens

11-11:30 a.m.: Indy 500 practice (last chance qualifiers), Peacock Premium

11:30 a.m.-noon: Indy 500 practice (Fast Nine), Peacock Premium

1:15-2:30 p.m.: Last Chance Indy 500 qualifying, Peacock Premium, NBCSN

3-3:45 p.m.: Fast Nine Indy 500 pole qualifying, Peacock Premium, NBC

4:30-7 p.m.: Indy 500 practice, Peacock Premium

9 p.m.: Garage closes

IndyCar Indy 500 schedule: Friday, May 28

8 a.m.: Garage opens

11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Carb Day final Indy 500 practice, Peacock Premium, NBCSN

4 p.m.: Garage closes

IndyCar Indy 500 schedule: Sunday, May 30

5 a.m.: Garage opens

6 a.m.: Gates open

6:30 a.m.: Tech inspection

8:15 a.m.: Cars pushed to pit lane

9 a.m.: Prerace coverage on NBCSN

10:30 a.m.: Cars on the starting grid

11 a.m.: Race coverage broadcast begins on NBC

11:47 a.m.: Driver introductions

12:38 p.m.: Command to start engines

12:45 p.m.: Green flag for the 105th Indy 500 on NBC

Supercross: Husqvarna’s Jalek Swoll and Malcolm Stewart out with injury

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Jalek Swoll and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna teammate Malcolm Stewart sustained injury in separate crashes late last week. Stewart missed Anaheim 2 and Swoll will not mount up for the 250 East season opener in Houston on February 4.

“Spent all of yesterday in the ER and today getting surgery so haven’t been able to make an update post,” Swoll posted on Instagram. “Spiral fractured my humorous yesterday and was lucky enough to get into surgery today. Absolutely heartbroken that I couldn’t show all the hard work me, [Mike Brown], [Aldon Baker], and [Joel Perez] were working on truly felt like this year was going to a big one with massive improvements we made but I guess it just wasn’t my time.”

The team announced on Instagram that Swoll underwent successful surgery to repair a broken bone in his arm, sustained in a practice crash on Friday. After missing the division opener, no further timeline has been given for his return.

Swoll made eight starts in the 250 West division last season with a best finish of fifth. In 2021, he scored his first SuperMotocross win in the outdoor Pro Motocross season at High Point Raceway in Mount Morris, Pennsylvania.

Stewart missed Anaheim 2 due to a practice injury. Likewise, the team did not announce a timetable for Stewart’s return.

He showed a lot of speed in the first two rounds before accidents eliminated him from contention in both rounds. He finished 16th at Anaheim 1 and 15th in San Diego, putting him in a points’ deficit that was already going to be difficult to overcome.

Stewart entered the 2023 season with a ton of confidence and believed all he needed was to stack his chips the right way to get this year’s championship.

Husqvarna is now represented by RJ Hampshire in the 250 West division and Christian Craig in 450s.

Hampshire had a rough weekend in Anaheim 2 and finished 11th in the overall standings after scoring a last place result in Race 2 with a bike sidelined by crash damage and a 13th in Race 3 after another fall.

Craig has not yet scored a top-10 on his 450 with a best of 11th at San Diego and Anaheim 2.

The news of these two injuries comes on the heels of the Pro Circuit Kawasaki team losing three of their four 250 riders.

Last week, Pro Circuit Kawasaki announced Seth Hammaker would miss the season opener with a wrist injury. Almost immediately, it was announced Jo Shimoda would also miss the 250 East opener with a shoulder injury.

Chris Blose will serve as a replacement rider in the 250 East division with Carson Mumford scheduled to replace the injured Austin Forkner in the West.