How to watch the Indy 500 on NBC Sports

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May is for racing. And that means the 103rd running Indianapolis 500 on NBC.

On May 26, fans will be able to watch IndyCar’s flagship race on NBC and the NBC Sports app, not to mention all the IndyCar content leading up it, whether it’s on NBCSN or NBC Sports Gold.

Mike Tirico will also be the host for NBC Sports’ inaugural coverage of one of the biggest spectacles in racing, while he’ll be joined by some of racing’s biggest names in Dale Earnhardt Jr., Danica Patrick and more.

The schedule for this and week and next is below.

Date Time (ET) Event Platform
May 14 11 a.m. Indy 500 Practice NBC Sports Gold
May 15 11 a.m. Indy 500 Practice NBC Sports Gold
May 16 11 a.m. Indy 500 Practice NBC Sports Gold
May 17 11 a.m. Indy 500 Practice NBC Sports Gold
May 18 8 a.m. Indy 500 Practice NBC Sports Gold
11 a.m. Indy 500 Qualifying NBC Sports Gold
5 p.m. Indy 500 Qualifying NBCSN/NBC Sports Gold
May 19 10:15 a.m. Indy 500 Practice NBC Sports Gold
May 24 11 a.m. Indy 500 Carb Day NBCSN/NBC Sports Gold
1 p.m. IndyLights – Firestone 100 NBCSN/NBC Sports Gold
2 p.m. Indy 500 Carb Day NBCSN/NBC Sports Gold
May 25 11:45 a.m. Indy 500 Parade NBC Sports Gold
May 27 7:30 p.m. Red Carpet/Indy 500 Victory Banquet NBC Sports Gold

When is Indy 500 qualifying?

Find out who will lead the field of 33 to the green flag for the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 with qualifying at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 18 through Sunday, May 19.

What is Carb Day and when is it?

It’s racing. It’s rock and roll. It’s Carb Day! On Friday, May 24 Indianapolis Motor Speedway will throw a party filled with racing and music, featuring the final practice for the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500, the Freedom 100, the Indy 500 Pit Stop Competition, and the Carb Day Concert, headlined by Foreigner and Kool & the Gang.

When is the Indy 500 and how do I watch?

The 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 will take place on Sunday, May 26. Live coverage begins at 11 a.m. ET on NBC and streaming on the NBC Sports app.

IndyCar Pass on NBC Sports Gold

IndyCar fans can also watch every qualifying, practice, race, and more, live and commercial-free and on-demand with the NBC Sports Gold IndyCar pass.

New Chip Ganassi driver Marcus Armstrong will team with boyhood idol Scott Dixon

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Marcus Armstrong was a Scott Dixon fan his entire life, and when he was 8, the aspiring young racer asked his fellow New Zealander to autograph a helmet visor that he hung on his bedroom wall.

Next year, Armstrong will be Dixon’s teammate.

Armstrong was named Friday as the fourth IndyCar driver in the Chip Ganassi Racing lineup and will pilot the No. 11 next season on road and street courses.

A driver for the five oval races on the 17-race schedule will be named later.

The No. 11 is essentially the No. 48 that seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson drove the last two seasons, with Chip Ganassi making the change to run four cars numbered in sequential order. Indianapolis 500 winner Marcus Ericsson drives the No. 8, six-time champion Dixon drives the No. 9, and 2020 IndyCar champion Alex Palou drives the No. 10.

So just who is the second Kiwi in the Ganassi lineup?

A 22-year-old who spent the past three seasons in Formula One feeder series F2, a Ferrari development driver in 2021, and former roommate of Callum Illot and former teammate of Christian Lundgaard – both of whom just completed their rookie IndyCar seasons.

“I’ve always been attracted to the IndyCar championship because it’s one of those championships that’s been really well televised in New Zealand since I was young, mainly because of Scott and his success,” Armstrong told The Associated Press. “As time progressed, as I got closer to F1 and single-seaters, the attraction to IndyCar grew just because of how competitive the championship is – I like to challenge myself and the level of competition in IndyCar is remarkably high.”

Armstrong, from Christchurch, New Zealand, was set to travel from his current home in London to Indianapolis this weekend to meet his new team. He won’t need an introduction to Dixon, the 42-year-old considered the best IndyCar driver of his generation and Armstrong’s unequivocal childhood hero.

Last season, Dixon earned his 53rd career victory to pass Mario Andretti for second on the all-time list. Dixon has driven for Ganassi in all but 23 of his 345 career starts.

“For a long time I’ve been a Scott Dixon fan. I don’t want to make him cringe with our age difference,” Armstrong told the AP.

Despite the two-decade age difference, Armstrong never considered someday racing with Dixon a fantasy.

He convinced his father after winning five national karting championships to allow him to leave New Zealand for Italy at age 14, where he moved by himself to pursue a racing career. Armstrong said as soon as he’d received parental permission, he’d never look back.

Armstrong was in Formula 4 two years after his move to Italy and won that title in his first season. He won four races and four poles in F3 in the 2018 and 2019 seasons, then collected four wins and eight podiums in three seasons of F2.

“Maybe it’s a strength, or maybe it’s a weakness, but I always thought I was capable of doing great in the sport,” Armstrong told the AP. “I think you probably have to succeed in the sport, you need to believe in yourself. I always pictured myself being in IndyCar.

“As Scott’s teammate? I can’t specifically say I saw that. It’s an extraordinary chain of events.”

Armstrong becomes just the latest driver to leave Europe, where F1 is the pinnacle but has only 20 seats each year. Alexander Rossi began the trend in 2016 when the American left F1 and won the Indianapolis 500 as a rookie. He’s been followed by Ericsson, last season’s Indy 500 winner, Romain Grosjean, Illot, Lundgaard, and on Thursday three-time W Series champion and Williams F1 reserve driver Jamie Chadwick was announced as driver for Andretti Autosport in IndyCar’s second-tier development series.

Armstrong said he could have remained in F2 for a fourth season, but he’d been watching IndyCar for so long, and after conversations with Illot and Lundgaard, he decided to make the move to what he believes is the most balanced racing series in the world. He tested for Dale Coyne Racing at Sebring in October.

He doesn’t know if European racing is done for good, just that he wants to be in IndyCar right now.

“I don’t want to think too far into the future, I’m just grateful for this opportunity that is standing right in front of me,” Armstrong said. “I want to perform as well as I can in the near future and just consolidate myself in the fantastic chance that is IndyCar and just do my best.

“I’m not looking at F1 as a landing spot – I am looking at IndyCar, and that’s exactly why I am here.”