How to watch the Indy 500
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How to watch the Indy 500 on NBC

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After a three-month delay, the world’s biggest motorsports event finally is nearing the green flag, and here’s all the information for how to watch the Indy 500 at 1 p.m. ET on Aug. 23 on NBC.

The 104th running of the race was the first in the event’s history to be postponed. Because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Indy 500 also will be run without fans for the first time during its history.

But the rest of the iconic race will unfold in virtually the same way it has for more than a century. Coverage will be available on NBC Sports Gold, NBCSN and NBC.

Here’s how to watch the Indy 500 on NBC Sports (all times are ET):

When and how to watch the Indy 500?

The 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 will take place on Sunday, Aug. 23. Live coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET on NBC and will be streaming on the NBC Sports app.

The command to start engines will be given at 2:23 p.m., and the green flag will drop at 2:30 p.m.

How many laps and how long is the Indy 500?

The race is 500 miles over 200 laps. Depending on the number of yellow flags, the Indy 500 typically takes about 3 hours to complete (give or take 30 minutes).

When is Indy 500 qualifying?

Find out who will make and lead the field of 33 to the green flag for the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 with qualifying Aug. 15-16 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

What is the broadcast schedule for the month of August?

NBC Sports will have coverage whenever cars are on track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway via NBC Sports Gold, NBCSN or NBC. Here’s the daily schedule:

Date Time (ET) Event Platform
Aug. 12 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Indy 500 practice NBC Sports Gold
Aug. 13 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Indy 500 practice NBC Sports Gold
Aug. 14 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Indy 500 practice NBC Sports Gold
Aug. 15 8:30-9:30 a.m. Indy 500 practice NBC Sports Gold
Aug. 15 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Indy 500 qualifying NBC (3-5 p.m.), NBCSN (5-6), NBCSG
Aug. 16 10-11 a.m. Indy 500 practice NBC Sports Gold
Aug. 16 12:30-3 p.m. Indy 500 pole/last row qualifying NBC (1-3 p.m.), NBC Sports Gold
Aug. 16 4-6 p.m. Indy 500 practice NBCSN, NBC Sports Gold
Aug. 21 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Carb Day Indy 500 practice NBCSN, NBC Sports Gold
Aug. 23 1 p.m. 104th Indy 500 NBC, NBC Sports Gold

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The Borg-Warner Trophy sits in front of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway pagoda (Chris Owens/IndyCar).

Sergio Perez still has coronavirus; will miss second consecutive F1 race

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SILVERSTONE, England — Sergio Perez will be out for a second F1 race at Silverstone this week after again testing positive for the coronavirus.

The Mexican driver had hoped to return to Formula One after spending seven days in quarantine, but his Racing Point team said this morning he had tested positive.

“He is physically well and recovering,” the team said. “The whole team wishes Sergio and his family well and we look forward to his return.”

That means German veteran Nico Hulkenberg again fills in for Sunday’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix after having also replaced Sergio Perez when he was out for the F1 British Grand Prix at the same venue last week. Hulkenberg did not start that race because of an engine problem.

There are two consecutive weekends of racing at Silverstone as Formula One tries to pack in races following the pandemic-delayed start to the season.

Perez became the first Formula One driver to test positive for coronavirus, and it had been unclear whether he would be available to drive after the period of quarantine was extended to 10 days.

Racing Point also was in the news Friday after being hit with a 15-point penalty in the Formula One constructors’ championship and fined 400,000 euros ($470,000) Friday for using brake ducts based on those from last year’s Mercedes cars.

The stewards ruled that Mercedes was the “principal designer” of the parts, and that Racing Point made only minor changes to computer design data it received from Mercedes.

Rival team Renault filed protests about the legality of the brake ducts, which were added to the “listed parts” under F1 rules for 2020. That means teams must design their own. Racing Point argued it was merely using information about the Mercedes parts to inform its own design.

Racing Point uses customer engines from Mercedes and has admitted basing its 2020 car design on photographs of last year’s Mercedes car. The similarities led to the Racing Point being nicknamed the “pink Mercedes” when it was first seen in testing ahead of the season.

Racing Point can appeal the ruling. The points deduction drops the team from fifth to sixth in the standings, below Renault. The ruling doesn’t affect the points totals for Racing Point’s drivers.