Indy 500

Indy 500 Live: This year’s version will be run without fans in the stands. But that won’t take away from the anticipation for this 500-mile race.

The Indianapolis 500, also formally known as the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race, or simply the Indy 500, is an annual automobile race held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) in Speedway, Indiana, United States, an enclave suburb of Indianapolis, Indiana. The event is traditionally held over Memorial Day weekend in late May.

The 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season finally began in June after a pause of nearly three months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is the latest revision of the IndyCar Series 2020 schedule with dates, times and venues subject to change.

The series currently is off until the Indianapolis 500 on Aug. 23 (1 p.m. ET, NBC) with the postponement of the Aug. 8-9 race weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course to September or October.

The event takes place on Sunday at the renowned Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET on NBC, but the green flag doesn’t go down until 2:30 p.m. ET.

As with many events, the Indy 500 has had to scale back much of the hoopla that attracts fans each year. Not only will the race take place with the 230,000-seat grandstands vacant, but all major events leading up to the Indy 500 are canceled, according to the Associated Press.

The Last Row Party, a charity event held each year roasting the three slowest qualifiers is off the table, along with the Indianapolis 500 Festival Parade, which typically takes place on Saturdays. The staple Purdue University All-American Marching Band — which has been the host band of the Indy 500 since 1927 — will also be absent this year.

“We’re all taking different stock of the things we do professionally and personally and the chance to sit right there on the track with Danica Patrick and have the 33 cars behind us and the 300,00 people behind us is one of the coolest experiences I’ve had. We’ll miss those fans incredibly,” stated NBC sportscaster, Mike Tirico. “But the Indy 500 is the Indy 500 and there’s never been one like this year. So I’m looking forward to documenting that history and sharing it with the fans at home.”

After a three-month delay, the Indy 500 is about to get underway at the world-famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Despite the missing crowd, there will be no shortage of action on track, as 33 elite IndyCar drivers complete 500 laps at speeds of up to 240mph. Ex-F1 driver Fernando Alonso will be among them, while Marco Andretti will start on the pole. Check out what time the race starts and how to watch the Indy 500 free live stream below…

Viewers in the USA can watch the Indy 500 free, via a 7-day free trial of fuboTV. You can cancel the 7-day free trial at any time, without paying any fees. (US fans abroad will need to use a VPN to take advantage of the fuboTV offer). UK viewers can catch the Indy 500 live on Sky Sports F1.

Final practice – aka CART day – starts on Friday 21st August, so if you’re a big-time Brickyard fan, you might want to get your live stream sorted sooner rather than later.

As for the race itself, the 104th running of the Indy 500 will take place on Sunday 23rd August. The 500-mile extravaganza will take about 3 hours to complete, depending on pitstops, crashes, and safety cars. The 33-car field was set last weekend when Marco Andretti became the first member of the legendary motorsport dynasty to win the pole position in 33 years.

If you’re an F1 fan, you won’t want to miss Fernando Alonso attempting to become only the second driver after Graham Hill to win motorsport’s triple crown (the Indy 500, 24 Hours of Le Mans and F1 Monaco Grand Prix). Alonso’s already won two of the three prestigious races, but will he end up drinking that cold bottle of milk on Sunday?

Last year, the Spaniard’s McLaren failed to qualify for the main race in embarrassing style, so it’s fair to say both Alonso and McLaren will be keen to do well this year.

If Alonso does put in the performance of his life, it won’t be the first time an F1 driver has tasted success in IndyCar. Nigel Mansell became the first-ever IndyCar “rookie” to win his first race back in 1993. The Indy 500 is a different level of pressure, but Alonso is already being talked about as ‘the one to watch’ this year.

Revved up for the Indy 500? If you want to get your stream on and tune in to one of the most thrilling motorsport races of the year, here’s how you do it in style, from anywhere in the world…

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