The 2021 Indianapolis 500 Annual Auto Race is scheduled to be a 500 mile race in the 2021 IndyCar Series. It is scheduled for Sunday, May 30, 2021 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana.
The Indy 500 is the main event of the IndyCar Series and is held at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana, a suburb of Indianapolis. The 2021 Indy 500 will be the 105th running of this great event. The race lasts more than 500 miles (200 laps) and is traditionally held during Memorial Day Weekend. The next Indy 500 is scheduled for May 30, 2021.
The beloved Indy 500 showcases the highest level of US IndyCar racing championship. Billed as the “greatest racing spectacle”, it is the largest one-day sporting event in the world, with an unrivaled track capacity for more than 400,000 spectators. This historic event is considered part of the Triple Crown of Motorsport, one of the three most prestigious motorsport events in the world (the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Monaco Grand Prix are the other two). The opening race was held in 1911 and was won by Ray Harroun.
Everything you need to know about the 2021 Indy 500 race
The month of May is almost here, which means … so is the Indy 500! Fans are welcome at the event this year, but it will look different.
The Indy 500 will be the world’s largest sporting event since the outbreak of the pandemic. IMS will allow up to 40% of the venue capacity, or approximately 135,000 fans, for the race on May 30.
“Our fans mean everything to us, and we can’t wait to welcome them ‘Back Home Again’ for this year’s Indy 500,” said J. Douglas Boles, president of Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Spectator viewing hills are closed to the general public and no general race day admission tickets are sold, masks are required even for vaccinated visitors, and social distance will be enforced, according to IMS.
Fans who currently do not have Indy 500 tickets and are interested in attending the race can register online at the IMS website. If extra tickets are available, these fans will have the first chance to buy tickets, tickets for all other days on the circuit will remain available.
2021 Indianapolis 500: Participant list, schedule, viewing options and start times for the 105th edition
Thirty-five cars will attempt to qualify for the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500, which returns to its traditional spot on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend in 2021 (May 30, with coverage starting at 11 a.m.ET on NBC). And the promotion starts on Tuesday with the opening day of the training.
On the pitch are nine former winners: three-time winner Helio Castroneves (2001, 2002, 2009), two-time winner Juan Pablo Montoya (2000, 2015) and Takuma Sato (2017, 2020), Scott Dixon (2008), Tony Kanaan ( 2013), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2014), Alexander Rossi (2016), Will Power (2018) and Simon Pagenaud (2019). Castroneves wants to join AJ Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears as four-time winners.
Sato will aim to become the first repeat winner since Castroneves in 2001-2002, and the first ever driver to win the Indy 500 three times after his 40th birthday.
2021 Indy 500 will be contested with fans
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) will host the 105th edition of the Indy 500 with limited fans in the stands, according to published reports. The decision comes after the 104th event, which typically takes place on the Sunday before Memorial Day, was postponed to August in 2020. Officials also hosted the event without fans present due to safety and health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Several details including the number of fans allowed, ticket purchases and guidelines such as social distancing and mask mandates will be announced at a later date. The organizers will work with state and local health officials and are expected to provide an update in the spring. For more information
What is the size, length, width, and incline of Indianapolis Motor Speedway?
The track is 2.5 miles and consists of:
- In front: 5/8 of a mile
- Straight back: 5 / 8th of a mile
- Turn: every quarter of a mile.
- Short slides: every 1 / 8th of a mile
The track width is 50 feet on the straights and 60 feet on the turns. The turns are banked at 9 degrees.
IMS is located on 963.4 acres (including the Brickyard Crossing golf course, 315 acres of parking and a solar park). There are 17 grandstands, 26 bridges and six tunnels. The infield is 253 acres.
What is the Indy 500 winner’s trophy?
The Borg-Warner Trophy is the trophy awarded to the winner of the Indianapolis 500. It is named after and was commissioned by car supplier BorgWarner. It is permanently housed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum in Speedway, Indiana.
To stream the Indianapolis 500 on NBC Sports:
- Navigate to the NBC Sports Indianapolis 500 site. The player will be loaded and the Indianapolis 500 live stream will be activated once the event goes live.
- If your preview is running out and you have a cable or satellite subscription, you can scroll down and click VERIFY NOW.
- Select your cable or satellite provider.
- Log in to your cable or satellite account.
- The live preview limit will be removed and you can stream the entire event.
Final word Indy 500 2021
The Indy 500 is about to take off at the world famous IMS – Indiana. Regardless of the missing crowd, there will be no shortage of on-track action as 33 drivers cover 500 miles and 200 laps at speeds of up to 240 mph. Ex-F1 driver Fernando Alonso will be one of them, while Marco Andretti will start on pole. Don’t miss another incredible edition of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” on Sunday, May 30th.
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