Indy 500 preview, TV schedule, and how to watch

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One year after Helio Castronoves’ record-tying fourth Indy 500 victory, IndyCar returns to the oval at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race.

After a long two weeks of testing, practice and qualifying, the race known as “The Greatest Spectacle In Racing” is finally upon us.

For the 106th time, 33 drivers will take on the challenge of becoming the first to cross the line after 200 laps around the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a quest for racing greatness. Last weekend, Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon took pole with a four-lap average of just over 234 mph, the fastest in the history of the race. Starting alongside him in Row 1 is teammate and reigning series champion Alex Palou, along with Rinus Veekay, which makes back-to-back front row appearances for Ed Carpenter Racing.

Last year’s winner, Helio Castroneves, showed a poor qualifying performance and will start from all the way back in row nine along with Colton Herta and Scott McLaughlin. Two 500 rookies made it into the Fast-12, those being Jimmie Johnson and Romain Grosjean. Johnson, the seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, will roll off from the outside of the fourth row. Grosjean, competing in just his second oval race in his career, will start from ninth.

Read on to find out where you can catch this weekend’s action, no matter where you’re from!

Race Details: Indy 500

Course Length and Turns: 2.500 miles (4.023 km), 4 turns

Race Length: 200 laps, 500 miles (804.67 km)

Previous Winner: Castroneves, Meyer Shank Racing

Lap Record: 237.498 mph, Arie Luyendyk, 1996

2021 Pole Position: 231.685 mph, Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing

Most Wins: AJ Foyt (1961, 1964, 1967, 1977), Al Unser (1970, 1971, 1978, 1987), Rick Mears (1979, 1984, 1988, 1991), and Helio Castroneves (2001, 2oo2, 2009, 2021)

United States (All Times in EST)

  • Carb Day Practice: Friday, 5/27 – 11 a.m. on Peacock
  • Pit Stop Competition: Friday, 5/27 – 2:30 p.m. on Peacock:
  • 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500: Sunday, 5/29 – 11 a.m. on NBC (Green flag at 12:45 p.m)

All sessions can be heard on SiriusXM Channel 160, IMS Radio Network affiliates and on the IndyCar app.

For the 2022 season, IndyCar has launched IndyCar Live!, which is a subscription-based streaming service that brings live streaming of all IndyCar and Indy Lights sessions to countries without traditional IndyCar TV broadcasting contracts.

For a full list of IndyCar Live! availability by country, click here.

For a list of IndyCar broadcasters by continent, click here.

Four Questions for the Indy 500:

  1. After a poor qualifying performance, will Castroneves be able to challenge for five?
  2. Will there be a clear difference between the Honda cars and the Chevy cars in the race?
  3. Who will win the battle between the seasoned vets and the young guns in the front row?
  4. The biggest question of them all. Who will cement their place in racing history?

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