Mapping Stewarts Sunday

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When you feel like complaining about how busy you are this holiday weekend, just remember that you could be NASCAR Winston Cup star Tony Stewart.

For the second time in his career, Stewart is attempting to complete the ultimate doubleheader by competing in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on the same day.

Following are the two scenarios (time schedules) that Stewart plans to adhere to on his busy day.

Scenario "A": Stewart finishes between fourth and 33rd in Indianapolis

  • 9:25 to 9:40 a.m. CT: Hospitality appearance
  • 9:50 a.m. CT: In Target Chip Ganassi Racing garage stall - changes into firesuit
  • 10:15 a.m. CT: Driver introductions
  • 11 a.m. CT: Start of the 85th Indianapolis 500
  • 2:30 p.m. CT: Estimated end of Indianapolis 500
  • 2:35 p.m. CT: Stewart taken via golf cart to infield care center
  • 2:45 p.m. CT: Stewart boards helicopter to Signature/Combs Flight Center
  • 3 p.m. CT: Stewart departs for Concord (N.C.) Regional Airport
  • 4:55 p.m. ET: Stewart lands at Concord Regional Airport
  • 5 p.m. ET: Stewart boards helicopter en route to speedway infield
  • 5:10 p.m. ET: Stewart lands at speedway in infield grass at start/finish line
  • 5:15 p.m. ET: Driver introductions
  • 5:37 p.m. ET: "Gentleman, start your engines!"
  • 5:45 p.m. ET: Start of the Coca-Cola 600


  • Scenario "B": Stewart wins or finishes second or third at Indianapolis

  • 9:25 to 9:40 a.m. CT: Hospitality appearance
  • 9:50 a.m. CT: In Target Chip Ganassi Racing garage stall - changes into firesuit
  • 10:15 a.m. CT: Driver introductions
  • 11 a.m. CT: Start of the 85th Indianapolis 500
  • 2:30 p.m. CT: Estimated end of Indianapolis 500
  • 2:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. CT: Victory lane ceremonies or press conference Q&A
  • 2:50 p.m. CT: Stewart taken via golf cart to infield care center
  • 3 p.m. CT: Stewart boards helicopter to Signature/Combs Flight Center
  • 3:15 p.m. CT: Stewart departs for Concord (N.C.) Regional Airport
  • 5:10 p.m. ET: Stewart lands at Concord Regional Airport
  • 5:15 p.m. ET: Stewart boards helicopter en route to speedway infield
  • 5:25 p.m. ET: Stewart lands at speedway in infield grass at start/finish line
  • 5:37 p.m. ET: "Gentleman, start your engines!"
  • 5:45 p.m. ET: Start of the Coca-Cola 600


  • Of course there is no word on what happens if it rains...

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