The Indianapolis 500 returns to its rightful place on the calendar — the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend — after the 2020 race was moved to August because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
And the fans will be back for "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, though not a full capacity.
Penske Entertainment Corp. and Marion County (Indiana) public health officials determined this year's race would have 40% capacity, so up to 135,000 fans can attend. While it stands to be far smaller than pre-pandemic attendance — IMS usually holds 300,000 people on race day — Sunday will still be the largest gathering of people at a sporting event since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak.
Here is all the information you need to get ready for the 2021 Indy 500, Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
Driver Simon Pagenaud leads the pack at the start of the 103rd Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 26, 2019. (Photo: Alton Strupp, Courier Journal)
START TIME: Noon ET. GREEN FLAG: 12:45 p.m. ET.
TV: NBC. Pre-race broadcast begins at 11 a.m. ET. NBCSN will have even earlier pre-race coverage beginning at 9 a.m. ET.
RADIO: IndyCar Radio Network and SiriusXM channel 205.
STREAMING: NBCSports.com (must have TV provider) and NBC Sports app.
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RACE DISTANCE: 200 laps around the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a total of 500 miles.
LAST TIME:Takuma Sato led 27 laps, including the final 16, before winning under caution on August 23, 2020. Sato, who also won the Indy 500 in 2017, held off Scott Dixon, who led a race-high 111 laps.
Takuma Sato and his Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team celebrate winning the 104th Indianapolis 500 on Aug. 23, 2020. The race was delayed three months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo: Mykal McEldowney, Indianapolis Star)
QUALIFYING: Six-time IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon won the pole during Fast Nine qualifying one week ago. It was the fourth career Indy 500 pole for Dixon, who won from the pole in 2008.
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LINEUP: Thirty-three cars qualified and survived Bump Day to make the field. Here is the lineup for the 105th running 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, Team Penske, 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, Team Penske, Chevrolet
22. JR Hildebrand, A.J. 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, Team Penske, Chevrolet
27. Sebastien Bourdais, A.J. Foyt Racing, Chevrolet
28. Stefan Wilson, Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport, Honda
29. Max Chilton, Carlin, Chevrolet
30. Dalton Kellett, A.J. Foyt Racing, Chevrolet
31. Sage Karam, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, Chevrolet
32. Will Power, Team Penske, Chevrolet
33. Simona de Silverstro, Paretta Autosport, Chevrolet
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