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Indy 500 Start
2024 Indy 500

Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge

May 14 - 26

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PPG Armed Forces Qualifying - Day 1

Saturday, May 18

Four intense laps, 16 perfect corners, 230+ mph speeds. Buckle up, because Indianapolis 500 qualifying will have your heart racing May 18-19! The most daring racers in the world go all-out, holding on for 10 nerve-racking miles with the hopes of earning a spot in “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Can you hold it together, too?

Free entry for all military personnel with a valid military ID.


All times eastern time

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Gates Open

*subject to change

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Practice: Full Field

*subject to change

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Firestone Pin #2 Distribution

Pagoda Plaza

11:00 AM - 5:50 PM

Indianapolis 500 Full Field Qualifying

Positions 1-30 qualify with positions 13-30 (or 13-33*) set. Will not re-qualify on Sunday.

NTT INDYCAR SERIES drivers and teams will attempt to qualify during Day One, Saturday, May 18. Top 12 qualifying (final order of positions 7-12), Firestone Fast Six (final order of positions 1-6) and, if necessary, Last Chance Qualifying (positions 31-33) will be determined during Day Two, Sunday, May 19. Once every car in the qualifying order for Saturday has been presented at least one chance to qualify, teams may choose from two lanes for second and subsequent attempts. Cars in the priority lane (Lane 1) must withdraw their qualified time – if the car has one – but get priority access to the track ahead of Lane 2. Lane 2 is for cars that have already qualified but wish to improve their position.

For an entry list of more than 33, once cars are outside of the Top 30, they are considered to not have a qualification speed as only positions 1-30 will be locked in during Day One.