Racing fans who expect something a little more normal will enjoy the Indy 500 on Sunday.
The race, which moved to August last year and ran without fans, returned to a May start date and will welcome 135,000 fans to Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
In race 105 of the race, Scott Dixon will be the first car fan you’ll see lined up at the start after he won pole position during the Fast Nine Shootout last Sunday. He has not won the Indy 500 since 2008, while last year’s winner Takuma Sato will seek his third Indy 500 victory in the quest to be the first consecutive champion since Helio Castroneves in 2001 and 2002.
Sato will run at No. 15, while Castroneves will be at No. 8.
Below is all the information you need to follow the 2021 Indy 500 schedule with broadcast coverage and race start time.
What time does the Indy 500 start in 2021?
- Race: 105th Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
- Date: Sunday May 30
- Start time: 11 am ET (12:45 pm ET green flag)
- Television channel: NBC
- Live broadcast: NBC Sports | Peacock | fuboTV
Indy 500 coverage will begin at 9 a.m. M. On NBC Sports Network before it switches to network coverage on NBC at 11am. Until 4 p.m. M., When post-trace coverage will begin again on NBC Sports.
During the race, Leigh Diffey will reconvene play-by-play, while Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy will provide analysis. Mike Tirico will host the pre- and post-race coverage alongside Danica Patrick. At the Peacock Pit Box, Jimmie Johnson, the seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, will join Steve Letarte for analysis.
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Indianapolis 500 Hours
Preparation for the Indy 500 has been rolling in for the past few days with cars attempting to qualify for the race and others attempting to seal their spot in pole position for the start of the race.
But now, with the race finally here, the schedule starts early Sunday morning, with garages opening at 5 a.m. and gates at 6 a.m. Cars won’t be on the starting grid until 10:30 a.m. and the race will not be in reality. will start until 12:45 p.m. Then, drivers will race for the next three hours to determine the 2021 winner.
Here’s the full schedule for Friday’s 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|
Indy 500 2021 lineup
Scott Dixon came close to winning pole position in 2020, falling behind Marco Andretti by just 0.0113 of a second in the Fast Nine Shootout.
This time he would not refuse Dixon. He entered first place over Colton Herta with an average lap time of 231,685. Dixon had the distinction of being the last driver to compete on penalties and could see the time he needed to take pole position.
It was the first time since 2017 that Dixon will start at number one in the race.
Not only was Dixon’s qualifying time fast for the 2021 field, it was one of the fastest of all time. Only Tony Stewart (233.1 mph), Roberto Guerrero (232,482), Dixon in 2017 (232,164) and Helio Castroneves (231,725) have averaged faster speed in the Fast Nine Shootout.
Most of the field has been blocked since last Saturday, and the last nine drivers only solidified in their order during last Sunday’s race.
Here’s a look at the starting lineup for the 2021 Indy 500:
|2. 3||Four. Five||Santino Ferrucci|
|24||86||Juan Pablo Montoya|
|30||4||Dalton had to|
|33||sixteen||Simona de Silvestro|
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.