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LIVE BLOG: Carb Day 2019 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Posted: 8:51 AM, May 22, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-24 22:18:45Z
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SPEEDWAY β€” Carb Day is the official kick-off of the the Indianapolis 500 weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. From the Freedom 500 to the big concerts, Carb Day at IMS has something for everyone. It's also the last time drivers get to practice before the big race on Sunday. The day begins when the gates open at 8 a.m.

We'll keep you updated on all of the events and happenings at this year's Carb Day below.

PHOTOS | The best of Carb Day 2019

LIVE BLOG

5:52 p.m.
Tony Kanaan and RTV6's Sports Director break down Carb Day in the News at 6!

4:08 p.m.
Fans sporting their #Merica gear!

3:59 p.m.
Kool &The Gang comes out like electric as openers for the classic rock group Foreigner.

3:47 p.m.
Marcus Ericsson wins the 2019 MotoGator Pit Stop Challenge.

Congrats to you & your crew. #ThisIsMay | #CarbDay pic.twitter.com/H67IURim3X

β€” Indianapolis Motor Speedway (@IMS) May 24, 2019

2:54 p.m.
Last year's #Indy500 winner, Will Power arrived on Pit Lane.

CC: @12WillPower #ThisIsMay | #CarbDay pic.twitter.com/U0M8bSN3qm

β€” Indianapolis Motor Speedway (@IMS) May 24, 2019

2:00 p.m.
Oliver Askew wins the Freedom 100.

1:15 p.m.
Not a good start for Chris Windom and David Malakus crash during the first lap of the Freedom 100 totaling their vehicles.
Not a good start for Chris Windom and David Malakus crash during the first lap of the Freedom 100 totaling their vehicles.
READ | Bad crash during first lap of Freedom 100 at IMS
READ | Bad crash during first lap of Freedom 100 at IMS

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12:45 p.m.
If you're still heading to the track you'll need to make your own plans for parking - the free parking at IMS is completely full.

12:14 p.m.
The best part of Carb Day? The people (watching)!
The best part of Carb Day? The people (watching)!
SEE ALL THE PHOTOS HERE.
SEE ALL THE PHOTOS HERE.

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11:30 a.m.
It's the final practice before Sunday's big race!

11:00 a.m.
The final practice was supposed to begin at 11 a.m. but it's been delayed while the track is completely dried following the earlier rain.

10:30 a.m.
THey're still drying the track and we're checking out all there is to see...
THey're still drying the track and we're checking out all there is to see...
Do either of these represent you?
Do either of these represent you?

10:10 a.m.
Speedway Police are reminding anyone attending any of the events at IMS this weekend: "If you see something, say something."

9:47 a.m.
Crews are out working to dry the track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway so Carb Day events on the track can begin.
Crews are out working to dry the track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway so Carb Day events on the track can begin.

9:40 a.m.
Heading to the track? Give yourself some extra time - the delayed opening of the gates is causing even bigger backups then normal.
Heading to the track? Give yourself some extra time - the delayed opening of the gates is causing even bigger backups then normal.

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9:30 a.m.

9:05 a.m.
Both the pedestrian and the vehicle gates are back open at IMS.
Both the pedestrian and the vehicle gates are back open at IMS.
8:55 a.m.

8:35 a.m.
Not a good start to Carb Day! Rain moved in just as the gates began to open and the lightning that came with it has forced IMS to keep the gates closed until the storm system moves past.

8:00 a.m.
The gates are OPEN for Carb day, but a swath of heavy rain is tracking toward IMS right now and will impact the morning festivities (and traffic in Indianapolis). Keep an eye on the radar below to see where it's going.
The gates are OPEN for Carb day, but a swath of heavy rain is tracking toward IMS right now and will impact the morning festivities (and traffic in Indianapolis). Keep an eye on the radar below to see where it's going.

7:30 a.m.
Heading to Carb Day at IMS? Check out this friendly reminder from IMPD.


7:00 a.m.
7:00 a.m.
READ | Measles vaccine offered to fans on Carb Day
READ | Measles vaccine offered to fans on Carb Day
Heading to the track? Our RTV6 team has all the tips and tricks you need to make the most of your Carb Day in the video below.
Heading to the track? Our RTV6 team has all the tips and tricks you need to make the most of your Carb Day in the video below.


6:30 a.m.
The weather looks like it will cooperate today to give us a warm (although humid) Carb Day at IMS. Some spotty showers this morning could dampen things a bit, but they should move out by late morning.
The weather looks like it will cooperate today to give us a warm (although humid) Carb Day at IMS. Some spotty showers this morning could dampen things a bit, but they should move out by late morning.
SEE | Friday Forecast
SEE | Friday Forecast
General admission tickets are $35. Kids 15 and under get in free with an adult ticket holder. You can still purchase tickets online at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway website.
General admission tickets are $35. Kids 15 and under get in free with an adult ticket holder. You can still purchase tickets online at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway website.
Did we mention we're ready too?
Did we mention we're ready too?

We are ready for #CarbDay , are you?
Tune into Good Morning Indiana on @rtv6 for everything #Indy500 ! #500FashionFridays pic.twitter.com/2oh18ffOTD

β€” Meredith Barack (@MeredithBarack) May 24, 2019

Tune into Good Morning Indiana on @rtv6 for everything #Indy500 ! #500FashionFridays pic.twitter.com/2oh18ffOTD

β€” Meredith Barack (@MeredithBarack) May 24, 2019

2019 Carb Day Schedule:
2019 Carb Day Schedule:
8:00am - Gates & Midway Open
8:00am - HIstoric Race Car Laps
10:00am - Indy Lights Autograph Session
11:00am - Indianapolis 500 Final Practice
12:35pm - Freedom 100 Driver Instructions
12:43pm - Invocation to be delivered by Pastor Time Ayres
12:44pm - National Anthem
12:55pm - 'Drivers Start Your Engines'
1:00pm - Freedom 100 Presented by Cooper Tires
2:00pm - Indy 500 Pit Stop Challenge
2:00pm - Carb Day Concert Gates Open
3:30pm - Kool & the Gang take the stage
5:00pm - Foreigner takes the stage
5:00pm - Foreigner takes the stage

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