Indianapolis 500: Schedule, TV information, expected entries for 2020 race


The 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 takes place this Memorial Day weekend. Check out all you need to know about the race below, including the race schedule, expected entries and more.

When is the Indy 500 and how can I watch it?

The race takes place on Sunday, May 24, with a 12:45 p.m. ET start time. NBC will broadcast live, flag-to-flag coverage of the race, with streaming coverage available on and the NBC Sports app.


At least 33 driver and car combinations are unofficially confirmed so far for this year’s race, with additional entries likely to be announced within the next month. Only the 33 fastest cars will qualify for the race. 

Notable drivers

At least eight former winners and five rookies will attempt to qualify for this year’s race. Past Indy 500 winners include Simon Pagenaud, Will Power, Takuma Sato, Alexander Rossi, Tony Kanaan, Scott Dixon, and Helio Castroneves. Should Castroneves win this year, he would become the fourth driver in race history to win four Indy 500s. A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears are the only other drivers to have won four times.

Two drivers who will attempt to qualify for this year’s race are relatives of previous Indy winners. Graham Rahal is the son of 1986 Indy 500 winner Bobby Rahal, and Marco Andretti is the grandson of 1969 winner Mario Andretti.

There are six former NTT IndyCar Series champions expected to qualify for this year’s Indy 500, and all of them except for Josef Newgarden have won at Indy. The 2017 and 2019 IndyCar champion, Newgarden would only add to his legacy with a win at the Brickyard. 

There are currently two Hoosiers expected to compete in this year’s race. Ed Carpenter hails from Indianapolis and is a graduate of Butler University. Conor Daly is from nearby Noblesville.

Two-time Formula One World Champion Fernando Alonso also returns for the third time in his career. Alonso won Rookie of the Year honors in his Indy debut in 2017. Last year, he failed to qualify for the race after a difficult month of May.

MORE: Click here for a full list of unofficial entries so far on a team-by-team basis

The cars

All entered teams will utilize a Dallara DW-12 chassis with a Dallara IR-18 aero kit. Each car will be powered by 2.2-liter V6 twin-turbocharged engines provided by either Honda or Chevrolet. All cars run on Firestone Firehawk racing tires and use Speedway E85 fuel (a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline).

Defending champions

Simon Pagenuad swept the month of May for Team Penske, winning the first 500 of his career. He previously won the race’s Pole Position and the IndyCar Grand Prix on the IMS road course. Pagenaud’s victory was the second consecutive and 18th overall Indy 500 victory for Penske.

Coronavirus impact

IndyCar released a statement Wednesday afternoon that the sanctioning body is monitoring the coronavirus outbreak, but expects no schedule disruptions to its NTT Data Series season opener.

“We are actively monitoring the situation and working closely with public health officials to ensure the well-being of our spectators and event participants. We don’t expect any disruptions to the IndyCar schedule, including next week’s race in St. Petersburg and the Month of May at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

Month of May schedule

Here’s the Indy 500 schedule of on-track activity for the month of May. Official broadcasting information will be released at a later date.

(All times are Eastern)

Tuesday, May 12

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Indianapolis 500 practice
1 – 3 p.m. – Rookie orientation
3 – 6 p.m. – Indianapolis 500 practice

Wednesday, May 13

11 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Indianapolis 500 practice

Thursday, May 14

11 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Indianapolis 500 practice

Friday, May 15

11 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Practice
6:15 – Qualifications order draw

Saturday, May 16

8 – 8:30 a.m. – Indianapolis 500 practice – Group 1
8:30 – 9 a.m. – Indianapolis 500 practice – Group 2
9 – 9:30 a.m. – Indianapolis 500 practice – Full field
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Qualifying
2 – 5 p.m. – Qualifying
5 – 5:50 p.m. – Qualifying 

Sunday, May 17

10:15 – 10:45 a.m. – Last Row Shootout practice
10:45 – 11:15 a.m. – Fast Nine Shootout practice
12:30 – 1 p.m. – Last Row Shootout qualifying
1 – 1:45 p.m. – Last Row Shootout qualifying
1:45 – 2:30 p.m. – Fast Nine Shootout qualifying
3:30 – 6 p.m. – Indianapolis 500 starting field practice
6:30 p.m. – NTT P1 Award presentation

Monday, May 18

12 – 2 p.m. – Indianapolis 500 practice
2:30 – 4 p.m. – Indy Lights practice

Friday, May 22

11 a.m. – 12 p.m – Indianapolis 500 practice
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. – Indy Lights Freedom 100
2 – 3:30 p.m. – Indianapolis 500 Pit Stop Challenge

Sunday, May 24

12:45 p.m. – 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500 (NBC)

Extensive Indy 500 coverage

NBC also has expanded its Indianapolis 500 qualifying coverage for 2020, adding a second day of broadcast coverage and two additional hours on NBC. Indy 500 qualifying will air on Saturday, May 16 from 2-5 p.m. ET on NBC with additional coverage on NBC from 1-3 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 17.

The remaining nine events of the 2020 season will air on NBCSN, beginning with the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on Sunday, March 15. and the NBC Sports app also will stream all races during the 2020 IndyCar season.

NBC Sports Gold’s INDYCAR PASS will provide more than 200 hours of programming in 2020 and more than 50 hours surrounding the Indianapolis 500. The pass (available for $54.99 annually) offers live coverage of all IndyCar practice and qualifying sessions and live coverage of Indy Lights races and full replays of all NTT IndyCar Series races. Click here for more information on NBC Sports Gold’s INDYCAR PASS.

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Jett Lawrence wins Hangtown Pro Motocross, remains perfect in 450s

Lawrence Hangtown Motocross
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Jett Lawrence remains perfect in the Pro Motocross series after recording another perfect round at Hangtown in Rancho Cordova, California. In his second start on a 450, Lawrence won his second National with his fourth consecutive moto win. It is getting increasingly difficult to find the right superlatives to describe the exploits on the reigning 250 West Supercross champion.

“The track was so brutal out there,” Lawrence told NBC Sports Jason Thomas. “The bike handles amazing even when it’s not too friendly. You had to be really patient; you couldn’t take too much. I didn’t eat enough before that second moto. I kind of lost energy halfway through, but luckily I could use technique and balance and just keep that flow going.”

Lawrence leaves Hangtown with an 18-point advantage over Ferrandis in the 450 Motocross standings, but perhaps more importantly, he climbed to 19th in the SuperMotocross standings and should he stay there, he has an automatic invitation to the Main events in the SMX Championship.

“On this track, you just have to manage,” Lawrence continued. “If you try to take too much and not respect the track, it will bite you very quickly. It was humbling on the first few laps. I got kicked on the cutout at the start of the third section, the tabletop going to the left. I had to get my focus because the boys were coming.”

Still in his first few races since returning from a concussion suffered at Houston in the Supercross series, Dylan Ferrandis finished second with results of third in Moto 1 and second in Moto 2. While Ferrandis was happy with the result, he remains hopeful that he will contend for victory shortly.

“The first moto was very hard for my physically, Ferrandis said. “I got arm pump and when you get arm pump your body gets tired. But I’m very happy because we made a big change for the second moto. We tried stuff every session today and in the last moto the bike was much better, but unfortunately I wasn’t sure what I could do with this bike because the track was very hard and difficult to pass.”

RESULTS: How they finished in the 450 Overall at Hangtown

With the rash of injuries at the end of the Supercross season, the podium was filled with heartwarming stories. Cooper Webb returned to action last week in Pala and failed to make the podium. He is steadily improving with a third-place finish in Hangtown. after finishing with a 4-2.

“It’s incredible what seven days can do,” Webb said. “Last week I felt like I was going to get lapped in the second moto. This week, I could see the leader. It was nice. I fought hard, learned how to suffer again there and that felt nice.

Moto 2 wasn’t pretty for Lawrence. On several occasions in the opening laps, he nearly high sided as he rode the front wheel through the ruts. The reward was worth the risk. By the halfway point, Lawrence had 4.5-second lead over Webb, who was embroiled in a tight three-rider battle for second with his teammate Aaron Plessinger pressuring him and Ferrandis ready to take advantage if those made contact.

It took 20 minutes for Plessinger to get around Webb and once he did, he trailed Lawrence by four seconds. But then, with three minutes remaining, Plessinger crashed and had difficulty restarting the bike, handing second back to Webb who has seven seconds behind Lawrence. Plessinger fell to fourth with results of third and sixth.

Adam Cianciarulo rounded out the top five with a 5-4.

Last week Hunter Lawrence won the overall with a 3-1. He repeated that feat in Hangtown in an exact replica of his Fox Raceway results last week. In Moto 1, Lawrence got off to a slow start and lost 10 seconds in the opening laps. Forced to overcome a sixth-place position in the race at the end of Lap 1, he once again caught the riders ahead of him when the field hit heavy traffic. For the second week, scored another 3-1 for the Hangtown National win.

“The start was crucial’ I knew I had to go,” Lawrence told NBC Sports’ Jason Thomas. “They laid a lot of water down, so I didn’t want to be behind any longer than [I was]. First hot one of the year, was a bit of a wakeup call, so I’m happy to get out of here safe and healthy.”

Lawrence’s third-place finish in Moto 1 featured a fierce battle for final spot on the podium when he caught Spain’s Guillem Farres and France’s Tom Vialle. With Lawrence hailing from Australia, the international nature of the sport was highlighted.

Lawrence left Hangtown with a 10-point advantage over Haiden Deegan in the Pro Motocross championship battle.

Click here for 250 overall results

Justin Cooper finished second in both motos to finish second overall. Hangtown represented a huge improvement from Fox Raceway where he finished fifth overall with a 5-4 finish in the two motos. Cooper pressured Haiden Deegan in the second half of Moto 1 and he earned the holeshot in the second moto and stayed within three seconds of Lawrence in that race.

“He was following me a little bit, checking out my lines, seeing where he was better,” Cooper said. “It’s disappointing to give up the lead like that but it was way better than last weekend. I will definitely take two seconds. I want to be on the top of the step. I feel like I get close to the top step but I never get it done. That’s building up the frustration – the fire. I really want to get one of these wins, so it’s time to start digging.”

Haiden Deegan earned the first holeshot of his career in Moto 1 and rode away from the field, building a four-second lead in the opening laps. Cooper trimmed the lead at the halfway point and for a while it leveled off at two seconds. Then Cooper made another charge with three to go and closed to within a second. Deegan was biding his time, however.

“I was saving a little. I knew at the end Justin was going to try and put a charge on. I let him get up close and then sent it super hard at the end to break him a little at the end.”

Deegan’s first moto win comes in only his fourth National and he remains perfect in regard to podiums this year.

“This was a dream since I was a little kid, to win,” Deegan said. “And in my fourth race, it’s gnarly. I was just sending it. I was getting a little tired at the end becasue I left my mouth open the whole time. It’s unreal; I’m so hyped. I wanted to win bad and I proved it to you guys.”

Chaos erupted in turn 1 in Moto 2 Jeremy Martin went and another rider ran over his arm. Michael Mosiman crashed further down the track on that same lap. Both riders were helped off course by the Alpinestars Medical team.

2023 Motocross Race Recaps

Fox Raceway: Jett Lawrence wins in first 450 start

2023 Supercross Race Recaps

Salt Lake City: Chase Sexton ends the season with win
Denver: Chase Sexton wins, takes points’ lead with Eli Tomac injury
Nashville: Chase Sexton keeps hope alive; Cooper Webb out
New Jersey: Justin Barcia wins muddy race; first in two years
Atlanta: Chase Sexton is back in the championship picture
Glendale: Eli Tomac wins 51st, breaks tie with James Stewart
Seattle: Eli Tomac wins and ties Webb for first
Detroit: Chase Sexton inherits win after Aaron Plessinger falls
Indianapolis: Ken Roczen gets first win in more than a year
Daytona: Eli Tomac extends Daytona record with seventh win
Arlington: Cooper Webb wins for second time, closes to two of Tomac
Oakland: Eli Tomac ties Ricky Carmichael with 48 wins
Tampa: Cooper Webb gets first 2023 win
Houston: Eli Tomac bounces back from A2 crash to win third race of 2023
Anaheim 2: Triple Crown produces new winners Chase Sexton, Levi Kitchen
San Diego: Eli Tomac, Jett Lawrence double down
Anaheim 1: Eli Tomac wins opener for the first time

More SuperMotocross coverage

Chase Sexton is out for Hangtown
Enzo Lopes re-signs with Club MX for 2024
Record Supercross attendance reported in 2023
SuperMotocross Power Rankings after Pala
Results and points after Pala
Jett Lawrence wins Pala in his first MX start
450 Champion Chase Sexton takes back what he gave away
250 West Supercross champion Jett Lawrence ends dream career
250 East Supercross champion Hunter Lawrence overcomes doubt and injury