The Indianapolis 500 schedule has been squeezed once again. Practice will start on May 15th, the latest opening day ever. Qualifying, which was four days last year, will be two days this year, the 22nd and 23rd.
This is a pure cost-cutting move, and while it's a kick to the groin of tradition, it's a needed move. Most of the cut days were idle track days, so the amount of practice time really hasn't changed. That one weekend qualifying also should prove to be intense, especially since a crash during that weekend (or on Friday) could mean someone missing the race.