The Indianapolis 500 has returned to its regular place on the May calendar.
Due to the pandemic, the Indy 500 was delayed until August last year and found itself without fans available to enjoy the race experience.
All of that will change as the race will once again take place over Memorial Day weekend, and this year, there will be fans at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to watch the race.
Coverage of the race will be back on NBC and will begin at 9 a.m. M. On NBC Sports Network before NBC takes over coverage at 11am. M., and the race is scheduled to start at 12:45 p.m. M.
When the race begins, Scott Dixon will take off from pole position after he went off with the fifth-fastest qualifying time in Indy 500 history last Sunday.
Here’s all the information you need to watch the Indy 500 on Sunday.
What channel is the Indy 500 on today?
- Race: 105th Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
- Date: Sunday May 30
- State time: 11 a. M. (12:45 p.m. ET, green flag)
- Television channel: NBC
- Live broadcast: NBC Sports | Peacock | fuboTV
NBC Sports will provide full coverage from before the race to after the Indy 500 race on Sunday. Indy 500 is in its third year of airing on NBC after the last 54 races had been held on ABC.
Below are the top 40 television markets in the United States and the local NBC affiliate for each area.
|Market||NBC television channel (digital)|
|New York||4 (35)|
|The Angels||4 (36)|
|San Francisco Bay Area||11 (13)|
|Washington dc||4 (34)|
|Tampa-St. St. Petersburg||8 (7)|
|Minneapolis-St. Paul||11 (11)|
|San Diego||39 (17)|
|Salt lake city||5 (23)|
|San antonio||4 (28)|
|kansas city||41 (36)|
|Hartford-New Haven||30 (31)|
|West Palm Beach||5 (12)|
|Las Vegas||3 (22)|
NBC’s Mike Tirico will once again provide pre-race coverage alongside former IndyCar driver Danica Patrick.
During the race, Leigh Differy will cover play-by-play with Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy as analysts and Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast and Kevin Lee as pit reporters.
There will also be a new addition with Jimmie Johnson joining the broadcast team, working with Steve Letarte as an analyst at Peacock Pit Box.
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2021 Indianapolis 500 Schedule
The Indy 500 schedule kicks off long before viewers can tune in to the action. The drivers have been practicing and working to qualify for the race for the past few days.
On Sunday, garages will open at 5 a.m. and gates will open at 6 a.m. as teams prepare for race day ahead.
But for those at home who want to keep going, NBC Sports Network will air the Indy 500 coverage at 9 a.m. before it switches to NBC at 11 a.m. After the checkered flag flies, which should be around 3:45 p.m., coverage of the race will continue on NBC until 4 p.m., when it switches back to NBCSN for later coverage.
|5 am ET:||The garage opens||–|
|6 am ET:||Open doors||–|
|6:30 am ET:||Technical inspection||–|
|8:15 am ET:||Cars pushed into the pit lane||–|
|10:30 am ET:||Cars on the starting grid||NBCSN|
|11:47 am ET:||Driver Presentations||NBC|
|12:38 pm ET:||Command to start engines||NBC|
|12:45 pm ET:||Green flag for the 105th Indy 500||NBC|
|3:45 pm ET (est.):||Checkered flag||NBC|
How to watch the Indy 500 live online
For those who won’t be able to watch the Indy 500 on cable, there are plenty of options for streaming the Great Racing Show. Instead of purchasing the NBC Sports Gold IndyCar Pass as in previous years, racing fans can subscribe to Peacock Premium, which will have access to all the IndyCar racing content that the previous service had.
There are also other options for streaming. Below are the links for each one.
Indy 500 Radio Emissions
Many will simply choose to listen to the race during the day. Local audiences can tune in to 93.1 FM, WFNI-107.5 / 1070 AM.
Listeners who wish to hear it on satellite radio can tune in Pennzoil IndyCar Radio Network or NBC Sports on Siriux XM, with the following options:
- Sirius Channel 211
- XM Channel 205
- Internet Channel 205.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.