Firestone announced that Mario Andretti has won the inaugural Firestone Legends of the Indianapolis 500 Award. The award is given to 'individuals who have helped define and contribute to the legacy of the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing"'. A $20,000 donation to the Fund to Benefit Children & Youth in Andretti's home of Nazareth, PA will be given and a presentation will be made to Andretti at the Saturday Public Driver's Meeting.
Singing 'Back Home Again in Indiana' for the last time, Jim Nabors has been named Grand Marshal for Saturday's IPL 500 Festival Parade in Downtown Indianapolis. In addition, Nabors will hold a question and answer session at 10:30am in the Pagoda Plaza on Carb Day followed by a Meet & Greet with fans. Wristbands will be distributed at 9am.
Indiana Governor Mike Pence, Hulman & Company CEO Mark Miles, Dallara owner Gian Paolo Dallara, Sarah Fisher and A.J. Foyt were on hand at the Dallara IndyCar Factory in Speedway this morning for a ribbon cutting of the new Dallara D3 simulator. Available to teams, engineers and drivers, the 180-degree video screen and surround sound emulate exact track configurations and conditions.
The 12-car Indy Lights field dwindled to just 11 this morning when Team Moore's entry for Emerson Newton-John was withdrawn due to sponsorship issues. Following a 3-hour morning practice, the Indy Lights Field ran their qualification session with Schmidt Peters Motorsports w/Curb-Agajanian driver Luiz Razia taking pole.
2014 Freedom 100 grid:
P1 - Luiz Razia 187.710 mph
P2 - Jack Harvey 186.573 mph
P3 - Matthew Brabham 186.423 mph
P4 - Zach Veach 186.259 mph
P5 - Gabby Chavez 186.136 mph
P6 - Juan Pablo Garcia 185.585 mph
P7 - Chase Austin 184.060 mph
P8 - Juan Piedrahita 183.891 mph
P9 - Alex Baron 183.227 mph
P10 - Scott Anderson 183.000 mph
P11 - Zach Meyer 182.697 mph