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Start Of Indy 500 Qualifications Moved Up On Saturday

INDIANAPOLIS – The threat of bad weather on Saturday has forced IndyCar officials to revise Saturday’s qualification schedule for the 106th Indianapolis 500.

With the potential of rain in the afternoon for the first day of PPG Presents Armed Forces Qualifying, it has been moved up to 11 a.m. (ET) Saturday, May 21 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Qualifying will run until its previously scheduled end time of 5:50 p.m., weather permitting, with starting spots 13 through 33 locked in for “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

The morning practice session also will be moved up, with group one on the 2.5-mile oval from 8:30-9 a.m. and group two from 9-9:30 a.m.

Peacock Premium will provide live coverage of both practice groups and the entire qualifying session, with the INDYCAR Radio Network also offering coverage. Public gates at IMS will open at their previously scheduled time of 8 a.m.

The revised schedule:

  • 8 a.m. – IMS Gates Open
  • 8:30-9 a.m. – Practice Group 1
  • 9-9:30 a.m. – Practice Group 2
  • 11 a.m. – PPG Presents Armed Forces Qualifying begins
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