Racing fans hoping for something a little more normal will be treated to the Indy 500 on Sunday.
The race, which was moved to August of last year and without fans, is back to a start date in May and will welcome 135,000 fans back to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
In the 105th race of the race, Scott Dixon will be the first car fan to line up at the start after taking pole position in the Fast Nine Shootout last Sunday. He hasn’t won the Indy 500 since 2008, while last year’s winner Takuma Sato will seek his third Indy 500 victory in a bid to be the first consecutive champion since Helio Castroneves in 2001. and 2002.
Sato will run in 15th place, while Castroneves will take 8th place.
Below is all the information you need to keep up with the 2021 Indy 500 schedule with broadcast coverage and race start time.
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What time does the Indy 500 start in 2021?
- Race: 105th Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
- Dated: Sunday May 30
- Start time: 11 a.m.ET (12:45 p.m. ET Green Flag)
- TV channel: NBC
- Direct: NBC Sports | Peacock | fuboTV
Coverage of the Indy 500 will begin at 9 a.m. on NBC Sports Network before switching to network coverage on NBC at 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., when post-race coverage resumes on NBC Sports.
During the race, Leigh Diffey will summon play-by-play again while Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy will provide analysis. Mike Tirico will host the pre and post race coverage alongside Danica Patrick. In the Peacock Pit Box, seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson will join Steve Letarte to provide analysis.
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Indianapolis 500 Calendar
Preparation for the Indy 500 has taken place over the past few days with cars trying to qualify for the race and others trying to seal their pole positions for the start of the race.
But now, with the race finally here, the program begins early Sunday morning, with the garages opening at 5 a.m. and the gates opening at 6 a.m. The cars will not be on the starting grid until 10:30 am and the race will not actually start until 12:45 pm. Then the pilots will compete for the next three hours to determine the 2021 winner.
Here’s the full schedule for Friday’s coverage:
|5 a.m. ET:||The garage opens||–|
|6 a.m. ET:||Open doors||–|
|6:30 a.m.ET:||Technical control||–|
|8:15 a.m.ET:||Cars pushed into the pit lane||–|
|10:30 a.m.ET:||Cars on the starting grid||NBCSN|
|11:47 a.m.ET:||Pilot presentations||NBC|
|12:38 p.m. ET:||Command to start the motors||NBC|
|12:45 p.m. ET:||Green flag for the 105th Indy 500||NBC|
|3:45 p.m. ET (Est.):||Checkered flag||NBC|
Indy 500 2021 range
Scott Dixon came close to taking pole position in 2020, behind Marco Andretti by just 0.0113 seconds in the Fast Nine Shootout.
Dixon wouldn’t be denied this time around. He finished in first place ahead of Colton Herta with an average time of 231.685. Dixon had the distinction of being the last driver to participate in the shootout and was able to see the time he needed to take pole position.
It was the first time since 2017 that Dixon would start in first place in the race.
Dixon’s qualifying time was not only quick for the 2021 field, but it was one of the fastest ever. Only Tony Stewart (233.1 mph), Roberto Guerrero (232.482), Dixon in 2017 (232.164) and Helio Castroneves (231.725) achieved faster average speeds in the Fast Nine Shootout.
Most of the peloton has been stranded since last Saturday, with the last nine drivers only being solidified in their order during last Sunday’s race.
Here’s a look at the starting lineup for the 2021 Indy 500:
|24||86||Juan Pablo Montoya|
|33||16||Simona de Silvestro|