2021 Indianapolis 500 - Race Preview, Broadcasting Info & Predictions
The highlight of the motorsport season is finally upon us as the 35 drivers prepare for Sunday’s race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana. The 2021 Indianapolis 500 will be the 105th edition of the race and one to look forward to. NBC and Sportsnet will be covering live all day from the race with both pre- and postrace coverage. Check out the motorsport TV and live streaming schedule here for the latest broadcasting information ahead of the greatest race of the year.
When? May 30th Sunday, 12:45PM (ET) Time subject to change
Where? Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Pole position? Scott Dixon
Winner of the 2020 Indianapolis 500? Takuma Sato, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
TV/Live Streaming – NBC (US) and Sportsnet (CAN)
This is the Indianapolis 500
The Indianapolis 500 doesn’t need any further presentation. It’s an annual race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway circuit and the highlight of the motorsport season. The event gathers motorsports enthusiasts from all over the world to witness the most classic and prestigious automobile race. The weeks leading up to the main race are scheduled with practice, time trials and a number of side events. It will be the 54th time in the history of Indianapolis 500 that the race is held on May 30th, the day before Memorial Day.
There’re a couple of changes to be aware of ahead of Sunday’s race. First, the annual Pit Stop Challenge that’s normally held during the Indianapolis 500 weekend is cancelled. Further, each entry will be allowed to use a total of 34 sets of tires throughout the Indianapolis 500 events, including practice, time trials and main race.
There will be fans and spectators following the race from the stands. The racing circuit has a capacity of more than 250 000, though this year there will be a limit of 40% capacity, meaning there will be around 135 000 fans.
28th May – Pit Stop Challenge (Cancelled)
29th May – Legends Day
30th May – Indianapolis 500
All odds are subject to change (26th May)
Experts predict this year’s race to be something extra with a starting grid being one of the strongest we’ve ever seen. Never before have so many former Indianapolis 500 winners been lining up for the race as there’re this year. To predict a winner is a million-dollar question, though we have some thoughts on which drivers to look out for.
Scott Dixon is currently the favorite to win the Indy 500, paying +333. If Dixon finish 1st on Sunday it will be the second time in his career that he wins the Indy 500. He had the fastest time in the qualifying session and looks like a serious threat. Worth mentioning is that his time in the qualifier was the fifth-fastest qualifying time in the Indy 500 history, impressive.
Another driver that will be in contention for this year’s Indy 500 trophy is Rinus VeeKay, +1600. The 20-year-old Dutch has proved to be a solid driver with a great potential. He won the Grand Prix of Indianapolis earlier this month and won’t be letting his lack of experience stop him from winning his first ever Indy 500 race.
Scott Dixon +333
Colton Herta +700
Pato O’Ward +1000
Josef Newgarden +1200
Alexander Rossi +1200
Where can I watch the Indianapolis 500 on TV or live streaming
The 2021 Indianapolis is a must-watch event for all racing enthusiasts. 35 drivers, extreme speeds and a race circuit hardly comparable to any other on this planet. Sunday’s event will be a whole day coverage by NBC and Sportsnet where we’ll be able to follow everything that happens on and off the racing track.
NBC will be starting their live coverage around 9:00AM (ET) with a prerace show, continuing with race at 12:45PM and rounding it all up with a postrace coverage.
Livesportsontv.com has got you sorted with the updated starting times, channel information as well as info on how to watch the race through live streaming.
Author: Dan Anderson