How to Watch Indy 500: Start Time, TV Channel, Lineup Originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
The biggest race in the world has finally arrived.
After weeks of practice and qualifying sessions, the 107th edition of the Indianapolis 500 arrived.
Thirty-three drivers will compete for the chance to lift the Borg-Warner Trophy, drink a bottle of milk and kiss the bricks at the start and finish line.
Here you have all the information of the race:
What is the Indy 500 schedule for this weekend?
The eleventh and final practice session for the 2023 Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for Friday at 11 a.m. ET. After that, the cars will not return to the track until the race on Sunday.
“The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” is scheduled for Sunday, with actor Adam Driver waving the green flag at 12:45 p.m. ET.
How do I see the Indy 500?
All coverage of Indianapolis this weekend will air on NBC and Peacock. Here is the full TV schedule:
Friday May 26 (Carbohydrate Day)
Carb Day Final Practice: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. ET, Peacock
Competition Pit Stop: 2:30-4 pm ET, Peacock
Sunday, May 28
Pre-Race Show: 9 a.m. ET, Peacock
Pre-Race Show: 11 a.m. ET, NBC and Peacock
Indianapolis 500: 12:45 p.m. ET, NBC and Peacock
Mike Tirico will host NBC’s pre-race telecast along with racing legends Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Danica Patrick. For the race, Leigh Diffey will be the play-by-play announcer with analysts Townsend Bell and James Hinchcliffe. The pit reporters are Marty Snider, Kevin Lee, Dave Burns and Dillon Welch.
What were the qualifying results for the Indy 500?
The starting lineup for the 33-car field was established last weekend. Alex Palou, the 2020 IndyCar champion for Chip Ganassi Racing, won his first career Indy 500 pole position with a four-lap qualifying average of 234.217 mph.
This is the full starting lineup:
- Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing
- Rinus VeeKay, Ed Carpenter Carreras
- Felix Rosenqvist, Arrow McLaren
- Santino Ferrucci, AJ Foyt Enterprises
- Duck O’Ward, Arrow McLaren
- Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi racing
- Alexander Rossi, Arrow McLaren
- Takuma Sato, Chip Ganassi Racing
- Tony Kanaan, Arrow McLaren
- Marcus Ericsson, Chip Ganassi racing
- Benjamin Pederson, AJ Foyt Enterprises
- Willpower, Team Penske
- Ed Carpenter, Ed Carpenter Careers
- Scott McLaughlin, Team Penske
- Kyle Kirkwood, Andretti Autosport
- Conor Daly, Ed Carpenter Careers
- Josef Newgarden, Team Penske
- Careers of Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dreyer and Reinbold
- Romain Gosjean, Andretti Autosport
- Helio Castroneves, Meyer Shank Racing
- Colton Herta, Andretti Autosport
- Simon Pagenaud, Meyer Shank Racing
- David Malukas, Dale Coyne Racing
- Marco Andretti, Andretti Herta Autosport
- Devlin DeFrancesco, Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport
- Agustin Canapino, Juncos Hollinger Racing
- Callum Ilott, Juncos Hollinger Racing
- R. C. Enerson, Abel Motorsports
- Katherine Legge, Rahal Letterman Carreras Lanigan
- Christian Lundgaard, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
- Sting Ray Robb, Dale Coyne Racing
- Jack Harvey, Rahal Metterman Carreras Lanigan
- Careers of Graham Rahal, Dreyer and Reinbold
Will Stefan Wilson race after crashing in practice?
No, Wilson will not be racing on Sunday.
Wilson collided with Legge in Monday’s practice session. He was transported to the hospital, where he stayed overnight and was diagnosed with a fracture of the 12th thoracic vertebra.
As a result, Wilson will miss the race and will be replaced by Rahal in the No. 24. Rahal was the only driver not to enter the race at qualifying speed, but now he will have the opportunity to compete in the 16th race of Indy 500. – even if you drive someone else’s car. He has a career-best finish of third in the race, doing so in 2011 and 2020.
How many people attend the Indy 500?
Last year, 325,000 fans attended the event – which marked the second best attendance at the race in the last 20 years.
If ticket sales figures hold up, the track could hold more than 330,000 fans for this year’s Sunday race. The IndyStar reported that the estimated number earlier this month.
What is Carb Day at the Indy 500?
Carb Day is held annually on the Friday before the Indy 500. It is the last practice session before the event. Traditionally, Carb Day was when teams tuned their carburetors similar to how they would on race day. Although no car has used a carburetor since 1963, the official name Carb Day has stuck.
What is the Indy 500 Carb Day concert for 2023?
After the Carb Day practice session in the middle of the day, there is a Pit Stop Challenge followed by the Carb Day Concert.
Bryan Adams will headline the concert with special guest Soul Asylum to open the show. Doors to the concert open at 3:30 p.m. ET and the show will run from 4 p.m.
Who won the Indy 500 last year?
Marcus Ericsson, a former Formula One driver, won the 2022 Indianapolis 500 for his first career victory on an oval track.
Including Ericsson, there are nine former Indy 500 champions vying for another win in 2023: Helio Castroneves (2001-02, 2009, 2021), Takuma Sato (2017, 2020), Simon Pagenaud (2019), Will Power (2018), Alexander Rossi (2016), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2014), Tony Kanaan (2013) and Scott Dixon (2008).
Who is the favorite to win the Indy 500?
Two teams stand out going into the race: Chip Ganassi Racing and Arrow McLaren. They have been the fastest cars all month and that is reflected in the betting odds, where the seven favorites drive for those two teams.
Here are the complete odds of winning the 2023 Indy 500, courtesy of our betting partner, PointsBet:
- Alex Palou, +600
- Duck O’Ward, +700
- Scott Dixon, +800
- Marcus Ericson, +850
- Takuma Satō, +1000
- Felix Rosenqvist, +1000
- Alejandro Rossi, +1200
- Rinus Veekay, +1200
- Scott McLaughlin, +1200
- Joseph Newgarden, +1300
- Santino Ferrucci, +1400
- Willpower, +1600
- Tony Kanaan, +2000
- Colton Herta, +2100
- Kyle Kirkwood, +2500
What is the time for the Indy 500?
Sunday is shaping up to be a beautiful day for racing at Speedway, Indiana. NBC Chicago is expecting a high of 79 degrees, with cloudy skies and only a 2% chance of rain. you can see the full forecast here.
Editor’s note: All odds are provided by our partner, PointsBet. PointsBet is our official sports betting partner and we may receive compensation if you place a bet at PointsBet for the first time after clicking our links.