the Indianapolis 500 returns in its rightful place on the calendar – Sunday Memorial Day weekend – after the 2020 race was moved to August due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
And fans will be back for “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but not at full capacity.
Penske Entertainment Corp. and Marion County, Indiana Public Health Officials determined that this year’s race would have a 40% capacity, so up to 135,000 fans can attend. Although it is well below the pre-pandemic attendance – IMS typically hosts 300,000 people on race day – Sunday will still be the largest gathering of people at a sporting event since the start of the coronavirus outbreak.
Here’s all the information you need to get ready for the 2021 Indy 500, Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
START TIME: Noon ET. GREEN FLAG: 12:45 p.m. ET.
TV: NBC. The pre-race broadcast begins at 11 a.m. ET. NBCSN will have pre-race coverage even earlier starting at 9 a.m. ET.
RADIO: IndyCar radio network and SiriusXM channel 205.
DIFFUSION: NBCSports.com (must have a TV provider) and the NBC Sports app.
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RUNNING DISTANCE: 200 laps around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway of 2.5 miles for a total of 500 miles.
LAST TIME: Takuma Sato led 27 laps, including the last 16, before winning on bail on August 23, 2020. Sato, who also won the Indy 500 in 2017, stood up to Scott Dixon, who led a record 111 laps.
QUALIFICATION: Six times IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon won pole in Fast Nine qualifying A week ago. It was the fourth career pole in the Indy 500 for Dixon, who won pole in 2008.
ALIGN: Thirty-three qualified cars and survived Bump Day to make the ground. Here is the lineup for the 105th edition of the Indianapolis 500.
1. Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing, Honda
2. Colton Herta, Andretti Autosport with Curb-Agajanian, Honda
3. Rinus VeeKay, Ed Carpenter Racing, Chevrolet
4. Ed Carpenter, Ed Carpenter Racing, Chevrolet
5. Tony Kanaan, Chip Ganassi Racing, Honda
6. Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing, Honda
7. Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti Autosport, Honda
8. Helio Castroneves, Meyer Shank Racing, Honda
9. Marcus Ericsson, Chip Ganassi Racing, Honda
10. Alexander Rossi, Andretti Autosport, Honda
11. Ed Jones, Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan
12. Pato O’Ward, Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan
13. Pietro Fittipaldi, Dale Coye Racing with Rick Ware Racing, Honda
14. Felix Rosenqvist, Arrow McLaren SP, Chevrolet
15. Takuma Sato, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, Honda
16. James Hinchcliffe, Andretti Autosport, Honda
17. Scott McLaughlin, Penske Team, Chevrolet
18. Graham Rahal, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, Honda
19. Conor Daly, Ed Carpenter Racing, Chevrolet
20. Jack Harvey, Meyer Shank Racing, Honda
21. Josef Newgarden, Penske Team, Chevrolet
22. JR Hildebrand, AJ Foyt Racing, Chevrolet
23. Santino Ferrucci, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, Honda
24. Juan Pablo Montoya, Arrow McLaren SP, Chevrolet
25. Marco Andretti, Andretti Herta-Haupert with Marco and Curb-Agajanian, Honda
26. Simon Pagenaud, Penske team, Chevrolet
27. Sébastien Bourdais, AJ Foyt Racing, Chevrolet
28. Stefan Wilson, Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport, Honda
29. Max Chilton, Carlin, Chevrolet
30. Dalton Kellett, AJ Foyt Racing, Chevrolet
31. Sage Karam, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, Chevrolet
32. Will Power, Penske team, Chevrolet
33. Simona de Silverstro, Paretta Autosport, Chevrolet