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Time trials were held over two days, May 17–18, and a post-qualifying practice was held on May 19.The traditional final day of practice, dubbed Carb Day, was held on Friday, May 23.Busch is the first NASCAR champion to enter the Indy 500, as fellow Cup champions and Indy 500 starters Bobby Allison, Tony Stewart, and Cale Yarborough had not yet won the NASCAR title at the time they raced at Indianapolis.
The events for the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis were held over three days, May 8 to 10.All four divisions of the Road to Indy ladder participated in the month of May activities. F2000 held races on the Speedway's road course, then held oval races at nearby Lucas Oil Raceway.The Cooper Tires Indy Lights held the Liberty Challenge and Freedom 100. The Speed Energy Formula Off-Road series also held an event on Carb Day.Jim Nabors performed "Back Home Again in Indiana" before the 2014 race, marking his 35th and final time doing so.On March 25, the 83-year-old Nabors announced that he would retire from performing at the 500 because his health limits his travel from his Hawaii home.