Firestone Freedom 100 Moved To Saturday Due To Rain
Friday, May 23, 2008
Weather has hampered team preparations for the 92nd Indianapolis 500 during practice and qualifications. Add the Miller Lite Carb Day practice session.
The one-hour window - the final opportunity for drivers to system check their cars - was limited to 11 minutes because of rain. Persistent rain forced cancellation of the McDonald's Pit Stop Challenge and postponed the Firestone Freedom 100 to 12:15 p.m. (ET) Saturday, May 24 following the Indianapolis 500 driver autograph session at 9 a.m. and the public drivers' meeting at 10:30 a.m. The race will be broadcast live on the IMS Radio Network and live streaming video with the IMS Radio Network call will be available on indy500.com.
With 82 degrees and growing humidity forecast, Race Day will be a 180-degree turn from much of the previous on-track time this month.
"It's going to be warm and humid and hopefully no wind compared to the 25-mph wind and 50 degrees we've had all month," said Darren Manning, driver of the No. 14 ABC Supply Co. car for A.J. Foyt Racing. "Going from 50 degrees to 80 degrees will be a massive difference.
"All we've been doing all month is making our car's window of performance as wide as we possibly can so with the changing conditions we stay inside our window of performance. If the weather conditions take it out of that window, we'll be hunting every pit stop to make it better."
Dialed in to the right setup numbers, downforce and balance is "going to be key," said Dreyer & Reinbold Racing's Buddy Rice, the 2004 500-Mile Race winner.
"The weather is going to play a role for sure," said Rice, who will start 17th, in the middle of Row 6. "All of us who have been here before and ran in the heat two years ago have an advantage. The more recent your knowledge you have of the place, the more the advantage."
Dan Wheldon (223.934 mph) and Scott Dixon (223.028) topped the speed chart during the short practice. Ryan Briscoe, who will join the Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammates on the front row, turned only one installation lap.
"My theory around here is that if you don't know it by Carb Day, you're never going to have it," said Wheldon, the 2005 Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar Series champion. "You can certainly fine-tune it in the race with all of the pit stops."
Indy 500 tickets on sale: Tickets are on sale for the 2008 Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 25, the 92nd running of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing."
Fans can order tickets online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com, by calling the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700 or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, or at the ticket office at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Parking and camping information also can be obtained through the ticket office.
Hours for phone orders and the ticket office are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (ET) Monday-Sunday during May, with special hours of 6 a.m.-1 p.m. on Race Day, Sunday, May 25. Online orders can be made at any time. Race Day ticket prices start at just $20.
Indy 500 TV, radio: ABC and ESPN2 will provide live Race Day television coverage of the 92nd Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 25. Pre-race coverage starts at 11 a.m. (ET) on ESPN2, continuing at noon on ABC. Race coverage begins at 1 p.m. on ABC.
IMS Radio Network Race Day coverage starts with a pre-race show at noon, followed by the race at 1 p.m. The radio network's coverage also will be broadcast live on XM Satellite Radio Channel 145, "IndyCar Series Racing," and XM Channel 144.