2016 – Carb Day at the Indy 500 (May 27)

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.

2016 Indy 500 (untitled-1992)The day opened with Vintage car laps. Was great to see these classic cars from the past.

2016 Indy 500 (untitled-2027)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.

2016 Indy 500 (untitled-2045)Fans were getting their photos taken next to the “I am Indy” sculpture in front of the Pagoda.
2016 Indy 500 (untitled-8101)The Flag Signals.
2016 Indy 500 (untitled-2059)Sunny blue skies greeted the track as the morning progressed.

2016 Indy 500 (untitled-2079)“Elvis”!

2016 Indy 500 (untitled-2110)Indy 500 race fans.

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2016 Indy 500 (untitled-8122)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.

2016 Indy 500 (untitled-2102)The 33 drivers for the 100th running of the Indy 500 with the Borg-Warner on the front straight.

untitled-8183Helmet shot on the famous “yard of bricks”.

2016 Indy 500 (untitled-8259)“Godspeed Dear Friend”.

2016 Indy 500 (untitled-2266)A large crowd was on hand for Carb Day.

2016 Indy 500 (untitled-2239)“Light speed” on the front straight with Carlos Munoz in the #26 Andretti Autosport.

2016 Indy 500 (untitled-8273) Tire change for Conor Daly in the #18 Dale Coyne Racing.

2016 Indy 500 (untitled-2192)Speeding down pit lane with Sebastien Bourdain in the #11 KVSH Racing.

untitled-8294Alexander Rossi in the #98 Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian.

2016 Indy 500 (untitled-2317)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.

2016 Indy 500 (untitled-2338)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.

2016 Indy 500 (untitled-2390)A view from the end of pit lane where the cars lined up for their race down to their pit crews.

untitled-8370#28 Andretti Autosport.

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untitled-2355A couple of shots of the #5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driven by James Hinchcliffe.

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2016 Indy 500 (untitled-8358)Graham Rahal and the #15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan w/ Theodore Racing.

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2016 Indy 500 (untitled-2384)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.

 

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