The penultimate blog from the month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) is about Carb Day (short for “Carburetion Day”) which is the final practice session before the Indy 500. Hope you like the photos.
The day opened with Vintage car laps. Was great to see these classic cars from the past.
The Tatuus USF-17 was unveiled near the Pagoda. The USF-17 features a carbon fiber monocoque and will replace the Van Diemen/Elan tube-frame car which has been used for the USF2000 Championship since 1999.
Fans were getting their photos taken next to the “I am Indy” sculpture in front of the Pagoda.
The Flag Signals.
Sunny blue skies greeted the track as the morning progressed.
Indy 500 race fans.
The Borg-Warner Trophy was on display in pit lane and managed to get some detailed shots including the likeness of past-winner Dario Franchitti.
The 33 drivers for the 100th running of the Indy 500 with the Borg-Warner on the front straight.
Helmet shot on the famous “yard of bricks”.
“Godspeed Dear Friend”.
A large crowd was on hand for Carb Day.
“Light speed” on the front straight with Carlos Munoz in the #26 Andretti Autosport.
Tire change for Conor Daly in the #18 Dale Coyne Racing.
Speeding down pit lane with Sebastien Bourdain in the #11 KVSH Racing.
Alexander Rossi in the #98 Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian.
During mid-afternoon the Tag Heuer Indy 500 Pit Stop Competition started where 12 drivers and their teams competed for a first place prize of $50,000. Tire burn-out with Graham Rahal in the #15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan w/ Theodore Racing.
As the Pit Stop Competition progressed the crowd got more excited and reached fever pitch when Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey was played over the loud speakers. Was really cool to see the crowd stand to their feet and sing this song.
A view from the end of pit lane where the cars lined up for their race down to their pit crews.
#28 Andretti Autosport.
A couple of shots of the #5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driven by James Hinchcliffe.
Graham Rahal and the #15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan w/ Theodore Racing.
The Tag Heuer Indy 500 Pit Stop Competition was won by Helio Castroneves and Team Penkse. This was Castroneves ninth Pit Stop Challenge and Team Penske’s 6th victory.