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100th Indianapolis 500: Sunday, May 29, 2016

100th Indianapolis 500: Sunday, May 29, 2016

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Old May 26, 16, 6:35 am
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100th Indianapolis 500: Sunday, May 29, 2016

Anyone attending the race this year? I've worked and attended the race in prior years but not this year: It's going to be crazy busy on Sunday for those that attend the race.


For the first time in its history the event is sold out: Suites, reserved seating, general admission tickets (infield area) are sold out. Estimated attendance: ?~360,000?

In previous years (except 1945 and 1950) the race isn't available on local Indianapolis television until 700p Sunday evening. Due to sell out it will be live on WRTV/ABC.

Monday, May 30, 2016 estimated outbound IND passengers: ~17,000 (2nd highest since new terminal opened in 2008 - highest was the day after the 2012 Super Bowl)

Forecast: 83 degrees / 30% chance of rain
No liquor sales allowed in Indiana on Sundays.

100th Indianapolis 500 website

Sunday, May 29, 2016 schedule (all EDT):
600a public gate open (get there early, early, early)
800a - 915a Parade of Bands
800a - 1000a Borg-Warner Trophy march to the Bricks
830a - 1000a Celebrity Red Carpet - Pagoda Plaza
945a 500 Festival Princess lap
1006a "On the Banks of the Wabash" performed by Purdue University Band
1025a Green flag delivered to Turn1 by Indiana University Health helicopter
1040a Former Indy 500 champion laps
1100a Decade car laps
1110a Military Silverado laps
1138a Driver introductions
1152a "America the Beautiful" Military Trio with Purdue University Band
1154a Military speech - General Anderson
1155a Presentation of Colors
1156a Invocation: Archbishop of Indianapolis
1157a "Taps"
1158a "God Bless America"
1201p "National Anthem" Darius Rucker
1203p Military flyover
1212p "Back Home Again in Indiana" Josh Kaufman and ICC
1215p "Drivers Start Your Engines"
1219p Race starts: 200 laps
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Old May 26, 16, 10:38 am
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Ha, just heard from one of my friends on rainy Thursday; her mom is a driver wife, one of the old timers now passed, and she said they'd wave to us Sunday down in row 1, turn one, since her mom gets dibs on tickets every year.

TBH, I miss the old days before everything got all business and sanitized and local open wheel guys could live the dream. The local kids on the ranch next to my moms got that chance and one of the brothers won Indy two years in a row, then got killed the next year. Ironically, it was my friend's mom's husband whose car Bill hit before going airborne to his death. That's racing though. No big sponsors and corporate deals, just racers.

When I caught glimpse of AJ on Saturday, yeah, the old days. Hope everyone stays safe and it's a close and clean race.
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