Fast cars, fun times: A race weekend calendar 

From now through Monday, Indianapolis is a buzz with race-themed and race-related events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and around the city. Here's some of NUVO's picks for what not to miss over the next week:

(1) Community Day at the Track

Indianapolis Motor Speedway; Wednesday, May 26, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

You're invited to Community Day at the Track to take all the left turns you want. Indianapolis Motor Speedway is taking Wednesday, May 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., to have Indy come out for vintage cars at Pit Lane, autograph signing, a pit stop competition and multiple photo opportunities — as well as the opportunity to drive around the track in your own car. It's free for kids six and under; $7 for adults. Get the tickets at Gate #2 or Gate #10, and if planning on driving around the track, enter at the 30th Street Gate.

(2) Firestone Freedom 100 Qualifying

Indianapolis Motor Speedway; Thursday, May 27, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Is the Indy 500 still not enough racing for a week? Look to the IMS for even more competition and cars. Practice opens up for the Indy Lights series on Thursday, May 27, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission to the track is free. Qualifying runs for the Firestone Freedom 100 start at 3:00 p.m. In the Indy Lights Series, there are currently 21 ranked drivers, and a handful of unranked drivers. For more event information head to, and to get the scoop on the Firestone Indy Lights Series drivers, teams, and rankings check out

(3) CARA Charities 500 Fashion Show

The Westin; 50 S. Capitol Ave.; Thursday, May 27, 11:00 a.m.

If anyone tries denying that fashion, the Indy 500, and charity go together, slap them.Izod IndyCar Series drivers will model to raise come cash for patients at Methodist Hospital Pediatric Unit and Riley Hospital for Children.The Westin at 50 S. Capitol Ave. will host the event on Thursday, May 27. A fashion market and social start the day at 11:00 a.m., followed by a luncheon at noon, with the fashion show kicking off at 1:00 p.m. This year's Honorary Driver Co-Chairs are Tony Kanaan and Sarah Fisher. Tickets are $85 dollars apiece. There's more info at

(4) Indy 500 Carb Day and Firestone Freedom 100

Indianapolis Motor Speedway; Friday, May 28, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

IndyCar fans go crazy for a low-priced race and concert. On Friday, May 28, the public gates open up at 8:00 a.m. at the IMS, with the Indy 500 drivers practicing at 11:00 a.m. for an hour and then the Indy Lights Series' Firestone Freedom 100 race, a 40 lap race, roars to a start at 12:30. The day also includes a pit stop challenge and vintage car laps, for fans of classic automobiles. But for the finale, classic rock band ZZ Top performs at 3:30 p.m. Tickets: adults $10, children five and under, free.

(5) 500 Festival Memorial Service

Monument Circle; Friday, May 28, 12 p.m.

This service may be free, but many say freedom is not, a reason why the U.S. has Memorial Day. The 500 Festival Memorial Service will take place at 12 p.m. on Friday May 28 at Monument Circle (Soldiers and Sailors monument). Rear Admiral John W. Miller is the featured speaker, accompanied by an array of military officers, as well as families of fallen soldiers' who have served in the nation's recent conflicts. There will be a presentation of the colors by the Joint Services Color Guard and performances include the United States 38th Division Band and the Capital City Chorus.

(6) 500 Festival Parade

Downtown; Saturday, May 29, 12 p.m.

The drivers of the Indianapolis 500 will meander down the slow lane in the 500 Festival Parade, joined by festival princesses, floats, marching bands, giant balloons, and a host of costumed characters. This year's parade is led by basketball commentator Dick Vitale. The parade starts at noon, and it's free if you show up early enough to claim a spot. Tickets can also be purchased, from $13.50 to $30. The parade starts at Pennsylvania and North, goes down to Washington St, then up Meridian to 11th St. If you can't go, look for your friends in the crowd of 300,000 on your hi-def TV.

(7) 500 Festival Snakepit Ball

Indiana Roof Ballroom; Saturday, May 29, 6 p.m.

If you're looking for a little class to stave off the race day cocktail of fried food and gas fumes, check out the 500 Festival Snakepit Ball at the Indiana Roof Ballroom on Saturday. It's a black-tie event that may allow for some hobnobbing with the celebrities and VIPs in town. Or you might just wind up basking in their beauty from afar. The Pointer Sisters will be lending their soulful R&B to the evening, as well. Guests arrive at 6, with dinner served at 7. For ticket information, call (317) 927-3378.

(8) Race to the Party Concert

Monument Circle; Saturday, May 29, 7 p.m.

Camp Freddy, consisting of Dave Navarro and Chris Chaney of Jane's Addiction, Matt Sorum of Guns N' Roses,Donovan Leitch and guests will bring their hard-rock edge to Monument Circle for a free concert, Saturday at 7 p.m. Camp Freddy plays mostly covers, but promises they're more than rock starsjamming to their favorite songs. Come at 6 to claim your spot or to check out the vintage Indy cars on display. Some may even be from when Guns N' Roses began writing Chinese Democracy. You'll also be able to see more modernracers.

(9) Fantasy 500 Celebrity Party

Hilbert Circle Theatre; Saturday, May 29, 9 p.m.

If you want to keep partying after Camp Freddy, head on in to the Hilbert Circle Theatre for the Fantasy 500 Race Party. Hosted by Mario Lopez and Catt Sadler, this is where the celebrities are sure to appear. The ISO's percussion section will be replaced by beats from BET's DJ 106 and Park's DJ Prostyle. The evening will also include hors d'oeuvres, an open bar and a live aerialist. The party starts at 9 p.m. For tickets, go to

(10) 2010 Big Finish Indy 500 After Party

Mo's... A Place for Steaks; Sunday, May 30, 9:00 p.m.

The checkered flag has waved. The stands have emptied. It's time to call it quits on another 500 weekend, right? If you're not yet running on fumes, or just like parties more than races, check out the Big Finish Indy 500 After Party at Mo's... A Place for Steaks, 47 S. Pennsylvania. Hosted by Indy Car driver E.J. Viso with model and actress Haley Higgins, the evening includes a full lineup of DJs and a performance by Sinclair Wheeler. Tickets start at $20. Visit for more.

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