What channel is the Indy 500 on today? TV coverage & live stream to watch the 2022 race in Indianapolis
Indy 500 2022: Live stream, start time, TV schedule, lineup for race
Indy 500 2022 live: Start time, race schedule, TV livestream, lineup grid, radio and more
INDIANAPOLIS — The 106th running of the Indianapolis 500 is Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, when 33 drivers will compete at the most iconic auto race in the world for a chance to drench themselves in milk and capture the Borg-Warner Trophy.
Only seven drivers, including Scott Dixon, were racing in IndyCar when the now-six-time Series champ won his one and only Indy 500 back in 2008. Should Dixon win Sunday, his 14 years between wins would be the second-longest in race history, . He certainly is showing no sign of slowing down, grabbing his fifth career (and second consecutive) 500 pole last weekend, but once you've reached your 40s (Dixon will be 42 in July), you just don't know how many more truly great opportunities you'll have.
Indianapolis — What eventually became the centerpiece of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s promotion campaign for the 2022 Indianapolis 500 sat dormant on a computer for almost a year.
As society crawled out of the initial lockdown of the COVID-19 pandemic, IMS was set to bring fans back to the 500 in 2021 after the stands were empty for the race the previous August. IMS content producer Zach Horrall wrote a script for a promotional video welcoming spectators back and waxing poetic on the meaning of the race to Indiana.
But it soon became clear that the race wouldn’t be back to full capacity, and hyping up the idea of togetherness while allowing 40% of the usual number of fans in felt disingenuous, so the idea was shelved.
Horrall went back to the script in December 2021. This time it gained traction as the 500 was expected to be back to normal. It ended up being more than a promotion; a version became the race’s annual February television advertisement, kicking off this season’s marketing efforts.
Compared to 2019, the most recent 500 with full capacity, IMS sold 35% more tickets after kicking off its annual marketing campaign about 100 days before the race. A general admission ticket to the 500 before the day of the race costs $45.
The "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" is mere hours away as Indianapolis Motor Speedway will bring back a full house for the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500.
After two years of reduced capacity because of the COVID pandemic, the grandstands and infield will once again be full to witness the Memorial Day weekend mainstay with the possibility that history could be made on more than one front.
After Scott Dixon broke the record for fastest pole-qualifying speed last weekend and combined with Alex Palou and Rinus VeeKay for the fastest front row in Indy 500 history, there's a chance the race's record speed could be broken Sunday as well. And as it turns out, that record was set last year by Helio Castroneves, who will be chasing more history on Sunday.
“I think the only challenge we all really had was it’s not a ‘Sunday, Sunday, Sunday. Don’t miss the Indy 500,’” IMS president Doug Boles said. “So it’s not that. It’s an emotional heartstring thing. So the only challenge we had was does this particular spot appeal to somebody that doesn’t already know what the emotional feel of the Indy 500 provides kids. It’s a little more somber. We just all had to get our heads around that this is the right time for this emotional message about how powerful the Indy 500 is.”
SPEEDWAY, Ind. — Happy Race Day! The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is back open at full capacity for the 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500. Keep checking back here for live updates of events leading up to the race, including fans arriving at the track, the Snake Pit opening, red carpet appearances and pre-race traditions.
The 2022 Indy 500 is here, and Helio Castroneves is looking to make history during the biggest day on the racing calendar.
Castroneves is currently in a four-way tie with A.J. Foyt, Rick Mears and Al Unser for the most Indy 500 wins with four. The 47-year-old Brazilian can become the first driver to win "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" five times if he wins on Sunday.
Castroneves is starting 27th of the 33 drivers in the field, so he will have to win from the back of the pack. That said, he wasn't expected to contend for the race win last year but ended up taking the checkered flag. Perhaps fortune will be on his side again.
Of course, catching the likes of Scott Dixon, Alex Palou, Rinus VeeKay and the other drivers situated near the front of the race won't be easy. Still, Castroneves' pursuit of a fifth Indy 500 victory will be one of the many great stories on display at the race.
NBC's Mike Tirico will provide pre-race coverage along with studio host Danica Patrick. Meanwhile, former NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. will join the duo in the Peacock Pit Box.
During the race, Leigh Diffey will handle play-by-play with Townsend Bell. James Hinchcliffe will make his Indy 500 debut as a race analyst, while Marty Snider, Kevin Lee, Dave Burns and Dillon Welch will serve as pit reporters.
Indianapolis 500 schedule
There is always a lot of build-up to the Indy 500 thanks to the pre-race qualifying and other events. Those are mostly in the books at this point, so racing fans will begin to shift their focus in full to the actual race.
Those going to see the Indy 500 live will be able to gain entrance to the event at 6 a.m. ET. The cars will not be brought onto the course until 9 a.m. ET. After that, fans will wait an hour and a half before the cars are moved to the frontstretch of the course.
At 11:47 a.m. ET, driver introductions will begin along with the other pre-race festivities like the national anthem and the performance of "Back Home Again in Indiana." Then, at 12:45 p.m. ET, the race will begin.
How to watch the Indy 500 live online
Live stream: NBCSports | Peacock | fuboTV
The Indy 500 will also be available to stream for those with cable on NBCSports.com. NBC's streaming service, Peacock, will also carry the event and so too will fuboTV, which comes with a free trial.
Indy 500 radio broadcasts
Local audiences will have a few ways to listen to the Indy 500 broadcast on the radio. They can tune into 93.1 WIBC and 93.5/107.5 The Fan to listen to the race.