What you should know for the Indianapolis 500

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Indy500 (May 27, 2012)

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Information about 2012 Indianapolis 500 activity Sunday, May 27, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway:

DAY: Race Day

SCHEDULE (all times local):

5:33 a.m.-6 p.m. Public Gates Open
7 a.m. Snake Pit Opens
8:30 a.m. Spectacle of Bands Begins
9:30 a.m. Cars Enter Pit Lane, Celebrity Red Carpet Begins
10:15 a.m. "On the Banks of the Wabash," Purdue University Band
10:40 a.m. All Cars in Place on Grid
11 a.m. Vintage Car Lap
11:10 a.m. Military Parade Lap
11:33 a.m. Driver Introductions
11:41 a.m. Military March on Front Straightaway
11:47 a.m. "America the Beautiful," Sgt. Ron Walker with Purdue University Band
11:48 a.m. Remarks, Admiral James A. Winnefeld Jr., U.S. Navy
11:51 a.m. "God Bless America," Florence Henderson
11:55 a.m. National Anthem, Martina McBride
11:57 a.m. Military Flyover
11:58 a.m. "Drivers To Your Cars" Command
11:59 a.m. Invocation, Bishop Christopher J. Coyne, Apostolic Administrator, Archdiocese of Indianapolis
12:05 p.m. "Taps" and Rifle Volley
12:06 p.m. "(Back Home Again in) Indiana," Jim Nabors (video)
12:07 p.m. Command to Start Engines, Mari Hulman George, IMS Chairman of the Board
12:09 p.m. Parade Lap
12:13 p.m. Pace Laps
12:15 p.m. Green Flag, Start of 96th Indianapolis 500

TICKETS: Tickets for the 96th Indianapolis 500 remain available Race Morning. Fans wanting to attend the race need to go to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway ticket office at the corner of 16th Street and Georgetown Road or to one of the satellite ticket offices, located outside of Gates 3, 6, 9 and 10. Tickets start at $30 for general admission. All ticket offices will open at 5:33 a.m. and remain open until noon. Fans holding print-at-home tickets will be admitted only at Gates 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 9 and 10.

HONORARY STARTER: Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels

HONORARY ANNOUNCER: Howie Mandel

PUBLIC GATES OPEN: 5:33 a.m. (local time). All gates open.

STANDS OPEN: All stands and viewing mounds. Gasoline Alley Roof open to suite occupants only.

COOLER REGULATIONS: No coolers larger than 14 inches by 14 inches by 14 inches can be brought into the facility on Race Day. These restrictions also will be observed in the Snake Pit.

VINTAGE CARS ON TRACK: Six Indianapolis 500 winners will turn a ceremonial lap at 11 a.m. in cars that participated in the Indianapolis 500. The drivers and cars: Buddy Lazier, 1912 National (Joe Dawson, winner); Mario Andretti, 1922 Duesenberg (Jimmy Murphy, winner); Bobby Unser, 1933 Ringling & Henning Wonder Bread Spl. (Joe Russo, 17th); Parnelli Jones, 1952 Kuzma (Troy Ruttman, winner); Johnny Rutherford, 1962 Watson-Offy (Rodger Ward, winner); Kenny Brack, 1972 McLaren (Mark Donohue, winner).

MUSEUM HOURS: 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for fans 6-15 years old, with children under 6 free. Gate admission to the Indianapolis 500 is not included in Museum admission and must be purchased separately.
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