Track Activity Begins At Indy

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The buildup to the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500 begins today as track activities get underway at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during A.J. Foyt Opening Day.

Following a ceremonial lap featuring A.J. Foyt's Indy 500-winning cars from 1961, 1964, 1967, 1977 and 1999, the rookie orientation program begins at the famed 2.5-mile speedway. It is scheduled to take the green flag at 12:15 p.m. (ET) and run until 5 p.m. (ET).

First time Indianapolis 500 competitors are not the only ones taking to the track today, as participants who are running the race as a "one-off," like Michael Andretti, are expected to practice today and tomorrow.

Heading into the day, Milka Duno (SAMAX Motorsport) and Phil Giebler (Playa Del Racing) are the only rookies in the field, so they must show speed and consistency May 6-7 in four phases to be allowed to join full-scale practice May 8.

On either day, drivers using the track time as a "refresher course" include Andretti (Andretti Green Racing), Ryan Briscoe (Luczo Dragon Racing), Al Unser Jr. (A.J. Foyt Racing), Jaques Lazier (Playa Del Racing) and Jon Herb (Racing Professionals).

Check back with RacingOne throughout the day for all the latest from Indianapolis.

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