The Indianapolis 500 is back to its usual spot in the calendar of May.
Due to the pandemic, the Indy 500 was pushed back to August last year and found itself with no fans on hand to take in the experience of the race.
That will all change as once again the race is being held over Memorial Day weekend, and this year, there will be fans back at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to watch the race.
Race coverage will once again be on NBC and it will start as early as 9 a.m. on NBC Sports Network before NBC takes over coverage at 11 a.m., with the race scheduled to begin at 12:45 p.m.
When the race begins, Scott Dixon will be taking off from the pole position after he came away with the fifth-fastest qualifying time in Indy 500 history last Sunday.
Here’s all the information you need to watch the Indy 500 on Sunday.
What channel is the Indy 500 on today?
- Race: 105th Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
- Date: Sunday, May 30
- State time: 11 a.m. (12:45 p.m. ET green flag)
- TV channel: NBC
- Live stream: NBC Sports | Peacock | fuboTV
NBC Sports will provide the entire coverage from prerace to postrace of the Indy 500 on Sunday. The Indy 500 is in its third year of being aired on NBC after the past 54 races had been held on ABC.
Below are the top 40 TV markets in the United States and each area’s local NBC affiliate.
|Market||NBC TV channel (Digital)|
|New York||4 (35)|
|Los Angeles||4 (36)|
|San Francisco-Bay Area||11 (13)|
|Washington, DC||4 (34)|
|Tampa-St. Petersburg||8 (7)|
|Minneapolis-St. Paul||11 (11)|
|San Diego||39 (17)|
|Salt Lake City||5 (23)|
|San Antonio||4 (28)|
|Kansas City||41 (36)|
|Hartford-New Haven||30 (31)|
|West Palm Beach||5 (12)|
|Las Vegas||3 (22)|
NBC’s Mike Tirico will once again provide prerace coverage alongside former IndyCar driver Danica Patrick.
During the race, Leigh Differy will cover play-by-play with Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy as analysts and Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast and Kevin Lee as pit reporters.
There will also be a new addition with Jimmie Johnson joining the broadcast crew, working with Steve Letarte as an analyst on the Peacock Pit Box.
Indianapolis 500 schedule 2021
The Indy 500 schedule begins well before viewers will be able to tune into the action. Drivers have been practicing and working on qualifying for the race over the past several days.
On Sunday, the garages will be opening at 5 a.m. and the gates open at 6 a.m. as the teams prepare for the racing day ahead.
But for those at home wanting to watch along, NBC Sports Network will be carrying Indy 500 coverage at 9 a.m. before it transitions over at 11 a.m. to NBC. After the checkered flag flies, which should be around 3:45 p.m., race coverage will continue on NBC until 4 p.m., when it changes back to NBCSN for postrace coverage.
|5 a.m. ET:||Garage opens||—|
|6 a.m. ET:||Gates open||—|
|6:30 a.m. ET:||Tech inspection||—|
|8:15 a.m. ET:||Cars pushed to pit lane||—|
|10:30 a.m. ET:||Cars on the starting grid||NBCSN|
|11:47 a.m. ET:||Driver introductions||NBC|
|12:38 p.m. ET:||Command to start engines||NBC|
|12:45 p.m. ET:||Green flag for the 105th Indy 500||NBC|
|3:45 p.m. ET (est.):||Checkered flag||NBC|
How to watch the Indy 500 live online
For those that won’t be able to watch the Indy 500 on cable, there are many options to stream the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. Instead of purchasing NBC Sports Gold’s IndyCar Pass as in past years, racing fans can subscribe to Peacock Premium, which will have access to all IndyCar racing content that the previous service had.
There are also other options for streaming. Below are the links for each one.
Indy 500 radio broadcasts
Many will just opt to listen to the race during the day. Local audiences can tune into 93.1 FM, WFNI-107.5 / 1070 AM.
Listeners hoping to hear it on satellite radio can tune into Pennzoil IndyCar Radio Network or NBC Sports on Siriux XM, with the following options:
- Sirius channel 211
- XM channel 205
- Internet channel 205.