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2024 Indy 500: TV channels, streaming, starting grid, news, weather more

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Kyle Larson takes a turn during a practice session for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Monday, May 20, 2024, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

The “greatest spectacle in racing” is scheduled for Sunday with the 108th running of the Indianapolis 500.

The stories abound as former NASCAR champion and current points leader Kyle Larson makes his IndyCar debut, Roger Penske aims to add to his illustrious trophy case and Helio Castroneves seeks a record fifth Indy 500 victory.

Here’s what you need to know ahead of the weekend at Speedway, Indiana:

The Indianapolis 500 will air live on Sunday, May 26 on NBC, Peacock, the NBC Sports app and NBCSports.com.

Pre-race show: 11am – 12:30pm Eastern Time
Race coverage: 12:30 – 4 pm ET (green flag at 12:45 pm ET)

The dominant narrative during “The Month of May” at the Speedway is Kyle Larson’s attempt at “The Double”: running the combined 600 laps and 1,100 miles of the Indy 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on the same day. The weather can wreak havoc on that effort (more on that later), but if he starts both races, he will be only the fifth driver to do so.

NASCAR’s Kyle Larson qualified fifth for the Indy 500, which would be his first start in IndyCar. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Yahoo Sports’ Nick Bromberg wrote earlier in the week about the top stories from the Indy 500, including:

  • Team Penske seeks 20th victory: The series and speedway owner has quite the collection of trophies and, after sweeping all three front row spots this year, has an excellent chance of reaching 20 race wins.

  • Honda’s challenge to Chevrolet: The Chevys took the top eight spots in the standings and had a clear advantage when the engines were revved to maximum; Can a Honda in racing version unseat them?

  • Former winners in the field: This year’s field features eight previous winners, including four-time winner Helio Castroneves. The Brazilian legend could break the record for most wins in the event, which would elevate him above the likes of AJ Foyt, Rick Mears and Al Unser.

Defending champion Josef Newgarden will start third on the grid and has the best odds entering the weekend at 5-1. according to BetMGM.

Best odds of winning
Josef Newgarden +500
Scott McLaughlin +550
Kyle Larson +675
Willpower +700
Alejandro Rossi +800
Duck O’Ward +850

The six betting favorites are either Penske or Arrow McLaren, with Indy 500 rookie and current NASCAR Cup Series points leader Kyle Larson sporting a +675 moneyline heading into his first IndyCar start.

As the longest continuous automobile race in the United States (beginning in 1911), there are many traditions that have built up over the years. The most notable are:

  • Singing of “Back Home Again in Indiana” just before the order to the fire trucks.

  • The Gordon Pipers bagpipe group of Indianapolis plays the Borg-Warner Trophy on the track before the race and carries the winner to victory lane afterward.

  • Starting grid three cars wide (as opposed to the usual two for all other races).

  • The winner kisses the three feet of bricks that mark the finish line of the circuit.

  • The winner drinks (or drinks with) a liter of milk of their choice: whole, 2% or skim.

  • The winner receives a crown with 33 orchids, which represent the 33 cars entered.

  1. Scott McLaughlin (3), Team Penske Chevrolet, 234.220 mph

  2. Will Power (12), Team Penske Chevrolet, 233.917 mph

  3. Josef Newgarden (2), Team Penske Chevrolet, 233.808 mph

  4. Alexander Rossi (7), Arrow McLaren Chevrolet, 233.090 mph

  5. Kyle Larson (17), Arrow McLaren Chevrolet, 232.846 mph

  6. Santino Ferrucci (14), AJ Foyt Enterprises Chevrolet, 232.692 mph

  7. Rinus Veekay (21), Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet, 232.610 mph

  8. Duck O’Ward (5), Arrow McLaren Chevrolet, 232.584 mph

  9. Felix Rosenqvist (60), Meyer Shank Racing Chevrolet, 232.305 mph

  10. Takuma Sato (75), Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda, 232.171 mph

  11. Kyle Kirkwood (27), Andretti Global Honda, 23.993 mph

  12. Ryan Hunter-Reay (23), Dreyer & Reinbold Racing/Cusick Motorsports Chevrolet, 230.567 mph

  13. Colton Herta (26), Andretti Global/Curb-Abajanian Honda, 232.316 mph

  14. Alex Palou (10), Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, 232.306 mph

  15. Callum Ilott (6), Arrow McLaren Chevrolet, 232.230 mph

  16. Marcus Armstrong (11), Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, 232.017 mph

  17. Ed Carpenter (20), Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet, 232.017 mph

  18. Kyffin Simpson (4), Chip Ganasi Racing Honda, 231.948 mph

  19. Marco Andretti (98), Andretti Herta/Marco & Curb-Abajanian Honda, 231.890 mph

  20. Helio Castroneves (06), Meyer Shank/urb-Abajanian Honda, 231.871 mph

  21. Scott Dixon (9), Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, 231.851 mph

  22. Agustín Canapino (75), Juncos Hollinger Racing Chevrolet, 231.847 mph

  23. Sting Ray Robb (41), AJ Foyt Enterprises Chevrolet, 231.826 mph

  24. Christian Rasmussen (33), Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet, 231.682 mph

  25. Tom Blomquist (66), Meyer Shank Racing Honda, 231.578 mph

  26. Romain Grosjean (77), Juncos Hollinger Racing Chevrolet, 231.514 mph

  27. Linus Lundqvist (8), Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, 231.506 mph

  28. Christian Lundgaard (45), Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda, 231.465 mph

  29. Conor Daly (24), Dreyer & Reinbold Racing/Cusick Motorsports Chevrolet, 231.243 mph

  30. Pietro Fittipaldi (30), Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda, 231.100 mph

  31. Katherine Legge (51), Dale Coyne Racing Honda, 230.092 mph

  32. Marcus Ericsson (28), Andretti Global Honda, 230.027 mph

  33. Graham Rahal (15), Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda, 229,974

Its not cute. Sunday asks Thunderstorms with a 62% chance of rain., posing a major threat to Kyle Larson’s attempt to run 1,100 miles in one day. Any significant delay in the green flag for the Indy 500 would likely result in Larson flying to his “day job” driving the No. 5 Hendrick Racing Chevrolet in the series he won outright in 2021.

“Yeah, it doesn’t look very promising for Indy on Sunday…if it’s going to rain, I hope it rains all day,” Larson told reporters earlier in the week. “That way it can be delayed until Monday or something, and then it’s not going to rain in Charlotte, I just hope it doesn’t rain, and we can get there Sunday night and then come here on Monday.”

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