Indianapolis 500 2012 Schedule: Fast Friday, May 18

NEW YORK - MAY 25: Indy 500 drivers (L-R) Scott Dixon, Dan Wheldon, Dario Franchitti and Helio Castroneves pose for a photo at Macy's and IZOD's celebration of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indy 500 at Macy's Herald Square on May 25, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

May 18 is 'Fast Friday' at the Indy 500.

The 2012 Indianapolis 500 is still a week and a half away, but the events leading up to the race itself always make for a fun few weeks. This Friday, May 18, is known as 'Fast Friday'. The complete schedule is as follows, via the official website of the Indy 500:10 am - Public Gates Open.

11 am - Business of the 500 Q&A - Coke Stage, Plaza

12 pm - 6:00 pm - Indianapolis 500 Practice - Track

6:15 pm - Qualification Draw - Coke Stage, Plaza

6 pm - Public Gates Close

Following 'Fast Friday', six events will take place before the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500. Those events include: Pole Day qualifying for the 500, Armed Forces Bump Day, 500 Festival Community Day, Practice and Qualifying for the Firestone Freedom 100, Miller Lite Carb Day and the Firestorm Freedom 100, and Legends Day, presented by Shell V-Power.

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