This week’s Indy 500 schedule


Sunday May 7

Promotions: The Star and CareerBuilder.com Opening Day/Indianapolis 500 collectible trading pin, courtesy of The Indianapolis Star. Pin distribution begins at 11 a.m. at Formula One garage No. 35, just south of the Bombardier Pagoda, and will continue while limited supplies last. Free face painting for all ages will take place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Pagoda Plaza, and a free commemorative Indy 500 Fan Photo presented by Meijer is available all day in Formula One garage No. 34. A free Indy 500 Great Moments DVD will be given to everyone, while supplies last, who enters the 2007 Indy 500 FANtasy Getaway Sweepstakes in the Pagoda Plaza.

9 a.m.-6 p.m. Public Gates Open
11-11:30 a.m. Question-and-answer session with three generations of the Andretti family (Marco, Michael and Mario), Coca-Cola Stage
11:35 a.m. Opening Ceremonies
11:58 a.m. National Anthem performed by Wayne County, W. Va., Honor Choir on Yard of Bricks
11:59 a.m. Honorary Starter: Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson
Noon Ceremonial lap with Andretti family
Noon-5 p.m. Rookie Orientation Program
1-1:45 p.m. Former Indy 500 Rookie of the Year question-and-answer session with Robby McGehee, Larry Rice and Pancho Carter, Coca-Cola Stage, Pagoda Plaza
2-3 p.m. Dark House Sweet plays on the Coca-Cola Stage, Pagoda Plaza
McGehee, Rice, Carter Autograph Session, Pagoda Plaza

4-5 p.m. Dark House Sweet plays on the Coca-Cola Stage, Pagoda Plaza

Monday, May 8 (Rookie Orientation Program)

9 a.m.-6 p.m. Public Gates Open
Noon-5 p.m. Rookie Orientation Program

Tuesday, May 9 (Practice)
9 a.m.-6 p.m. Public Gates Open
Noon Ceremonial lap with six former winners competing in the 90th Indianapolis 500-Mile Race – Al Unser Jr. (1992, 1994), Buddy Lazier (1996), Eddie Cheever Jr. (1998), Helio Castroneves (2001-02), Buddy Rice (2004) and Dan Wheldon (2005).
Noon-6 p.m. IndyCar Series Practice

Wednesday, May 10 (Practice)

9 a.m.-6 p.m. Public Gates Open
11:59 a.m. Honorary Starter: Billiards star Jeanette Lee, the “Black Widow"
Noon-6 p.m. IndyCar Series Practice

Thursday, May 11 (Practice)

Promotions: CARA Charities collectible trading pin. Pin distribution begins at 11 a.m. at Formula One garage No. 35, just south of Bombardier Pagoda, and will continue while limited supplies last.

9 a.m.-6 p.m. Public Gates Open
11:59 a.m. Honorary Starter: Dallas Clark, Indianapolis Colts tight end
Noon-6 p.m. IndyCar Series Practice

Friday, May 12 (Fast Friday Practice)

Promotions: AAA limited-edition collectible trading pin. Pin distribution begins at 11 a.m. at Formula One garage No. 35, just south of Bombardier Pagoda, and will continue while limited supplies last. Free face painting for all ages will take place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Pagoda Plaza, and a free commemorative Indy 500 Fan Photo presented by Meijer is available all day in Formula One garage No. 34. A free Indy 500 Great Moments DVD will be given to everyone, while supplies last, who enters the 2007 Indy 500 FANtasy Getaway Sweepstakes in the Pagoda Plaza.

8 a.m.-6 p.m. Public Gates Open
10-11 a.m. Josh Holmes plays on the Coca-Cola Stage, Pagoda Plaza
11:15-11:45 a.m. IRL executives question-and-answer session, with Brian Barnhart, John Lewis and Kevin Blanch, Coca-Cola Stage
11:59 a.m. Honorary Starter: Tamika Catchings, Indiana Fever
Noon-6 p.m. IndyCar Series Practice
2:30-5 p.m. Crew, Virgin Millionaires play on the Coca-Cola Stage, Pagoda Plaza, during Marco and Nigel’s Birthday Blow Out with Radio Now 93.1
6 p.m. WorldPoints Visa Card Pole Day Qualifying Draw

Saturday, May 13 (WorldPoints Visa Card Pole Day Qualifying)
Promotions: 2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Pace Car limited-edition collectible trading pin. Pin distribution begins at 11 a.m. at Formula One garage No. 35, just south of Bombardier Pagoda, and will continue while limited supplies last. Full Throttle Pole Position Game Cards distributed with pin. Free face painting for all ages will take place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Pagoda Plaza, and a free commemorative Indy 500 Fan Photo presented by Meijer is available all day in Formula One garage No. 34. A free Indy 500 Great Moments DVD will be given to everyone, while supplies last, who enters the 2007 Indy 500 FANtasy Getaway Sweepstakes in the Pagoda Plaza.

7 a.m.-6 p.m. Public Gates Open
9-11 a.m. IndyCar Series Practice
9:30-10:30 a.m. Hello Tokyo plays on the Coca-Cola Stage, Pagoda Plaza
11-11:45 a.m. Hello Tokyo plays on the Coca-Cola Stage, Pagoda Plaza
11:57 a.m. National Anthem performed by Nathan Simpson in Victory Circle
Noon-6 p.m. WorldPoints Visa Card Pole Qualifications
3 p.m. Cheap Trick plays on the Miller Lite Stage, infield adjacent to Turn 3
6 p.m. WorldPoints Visa Card Pole Winner Ceremony

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