Widely recognized as the world’s biggest single day sporting event Indy 500. The Indianapolis 500 has been a magnet to motor racing giants and thrill seekers eager to test their skill and bravery on the sprawling 2.5 mile oval known as the Brickyard. Drivers say there is nothing that compares to the sight of 300,000 plus spectators filling the sprawling grandstands for a day of high-octane action.
Held on the Memorial Day weekend in the heart of the Midwest, where the winner chugs a quart of milk rather than expensive French Champagne, the Indy 500 is a unique American event. WATCH HERE Indy 500 Live Stream
This year 33 drivers, including four rookies, from 10 countries and both sexes will take the green flag.
Scott Dixon, the 2008 winner, grabbed pole position last weekend on a Sunday full of drama that began with him taking P1 and ended with a gun pointed to his head during a robbery while he was buying fast food at at a drive thru restaurant.
Lining up alongside the popular New Zealander is Indianapolis native and twice pole sitter Ed Carpenter and last year’s winner Alexander Rossi.
“This is the biggest event on the calendar each year and it’s the one we set out to win first,” said Dixon. “We finished second here a couple of times and it’s almost the worst place to finish when you come so close.
“We come here to win, and that’s the only goal. If we don’t achieve that, we’re disappointed.”
Row Two will see Japan’s Takuma Sato and American JR Hildebrand flanking Alonso.
Brazil’s Helio Castroneves, a four-time pole sitter and three-time champion, signalled his readiness to fight for an elusive fourth win after clocking the top speed in final practice on Friday.
In more than a century of racing at the famed speedway only three men – A J Foyt, Al Unser Sr and Rick Mears – have finished the 500 on Victory Lane four-times and Castroneves is aiming to become the first non-American to join that exclusive club.
The Brazilian is part of the powerhouse Team Penske stable that includes an all-star lineup of Colombian twice winner Juan Pablo Montoya, reigning IndyCar Series champion Frenchman Simon Pagenaud, Australian Will Power and Josef Newgarden all trying to give ‘The Captain’ Roger Penske a 17th trip to Victory Lane.
When will Indy 500 2017 start?
After two weeks of practice, qualifying and partying, Sunday May 28 itself will still be a busy day at Indianapolis.
The celebrity red carpet parade gets underway at 8.30am local time, nearly four hours before the race itself actually starts.
The 101st running of the Indy 500 will finally get going at 12.19pm local time after performances of God Bless America, Ta
How long is the Indy 500?
The race takes its name from the 500-mile distance over which it is raced.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval is exactly 2.5 miles long, meaning the drivers go round exactly 200 times.
How can I watch Indy 500 live on TV?
ABC have the rights to show the race in the US with coverage starting at 8am Pacific Time (11am Eastern Standard Time; 4pm British Summer Time).
The channel is available either on Comcast 702/2 or Direct TV 2