Indy 500 on NBC: How to watch, start times, live stream, schedule for race’s 106th running

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The 2022 start times for the 106th Indy 500 are here — and with the Greatest Spectacle in Racing returning in full force for the first time in years.

The 106th Indianapolis 500 will be held Sunday, May 29 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and will be broadcast live on NBC starting at 11 a.m. ET (green flag is 12:45 p.m. ET).

A near-capacity crowd (and possibly the first sellout since the race’s 100th running in 2016) of more than 300,000 will be in attendance at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which has 233,000 grandstand seats.

INDY 500 PRIMERImportant details and facts for watching on NBC

STARTING LINEUPWhere the 33 drivers will take the green flag

The grandstand crowd was limited to 135,000 last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which precluded any fans from attending the 2020 race (which was held in late August for the first and hopefully only time ever).

Carb Day final practice is Friday, May 27 at 11 a.m. ET on Peacock Premium. The annual Ruoff Mortgage Pit Stop Challenge (held for the first time since 2019) is May 27 at 2:30 p.m. ET and also on Peacock Premium.

Here are the details and start times for the 106th Indy 500 (all times are ET):


TV info, Indy 500 start times, schedule

5 a.m.: Garage opens

6 a.m.: Gates open

7 a.m.: Tech inspection

9 a.m.: Cars pushed to pit lane

10:30 a.m.: Cars on the starting grid

11:47 a.m.: Driver introductions

12:18 p.m.: Indy 500 Pre-Race Ceremonies

12:29 p.m.: “Drivers to Your Cars”

12:38 p.m.: Command to start engines

12:45 p.m.: Green flag for the 106th Indy 500 (200 laps/500 miles, NBC, Telemundo Deportes on Universo, IndyCar Radio Network).

How can I watch the Indy 500 on TV?

The 106th Indy 500 is on NBC, Peacock and Universo (subject to local blackout restrictions). Prerace coverage is at 11 a.m., and the broadcast runs through 4 p.m.

A postrace show is on Peacock Premium.

Mike Tirico will be the host for NBC’s telecast alongside Danica Patrick and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Leigh Diffey will be the play-by-play announcer alongside analysts Townsend Bell and James Hinchcliffe. The pit reporters are Marty Snider, Kevin Lee, Dave Burns and Dillon Welch. Rutledge Wood also will be the roaming reporter in the prerace show.

Telemundo Deportes on Universo will provide a Spanish-language telecast with Omar Amador and Sergio Rodriguez providing commentary on Universo and streaming on TelemundoDeportes.com and the Telemundo Deportes app. Milka Duno will serve as a studio guest.

The race also is streamed via the NBC Sports App and NBCSports.com.


Race information

RADIO BROADCAST: Will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday. Mark Jaynes is the chief announcer alongside analyst Davey Hamilton. Nick Yeoman (Turn 1), Michael Young (Turn 2) Jake Query (Turn 3) and Chris Denari (Turn 4) are the turn announcers with Ryan Myrehn, Alex Wollf, Rob Blackman and Scott Sander on pit road.

DISTANCE: The race is 200 laps (500 miles) around Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 2.5-mile oval.

FORECAST: According to Wunderground.com, it’s expected to be 80 degrees with a 0% chance of rain at the green flag.

DEFENDING RACE WINNER: Helio Castroneves

TIRE ALLOTMENT: There are 34 sets of Firestones for use throughout the event.

QUALIFYING: The 33-car field was set May 21-22. Scott Dixon won the Indy 500 pole position for the second consecutive year and the fifth time in his career.

Click here for the starting lineup in the 106th Indy 500.

NBCSPORTS.COM COVERAGE

Links to IndyCar stories this week on Motorsports Talk:

Chip Ganassi says it’s time for his team to end Indy 500 drought

Scott Dixon hoping to make a run for the Borg-Warner

Jimmie Johnson recharges with family trips to Charlotte

Dutch Rules: Rinus VeeKay joins Arie Luyendyk in Indy 500 history

Assessing Will Power’s place in IndyCar history

Indy 500 legends remember Danny Ongais, “The Flyin’ Hawaiaan”

Marco Andretti “good without the grind” and enjoying peace with new life

‘Roger Penske Perfect:’ Brickyard set for first full house under command of ‘The Captain’

Jimmie Johnson goes deep on Indy 500: ‘We’ve really got a shot to win this thing’

Roger Penske addresses IndyCar’s big issues: A new car, line of succession, field of 33

Colton Herta cleared to drive after terrifying airborne practice crash

Dale Earnhardt Jr. ‘nervous’ about watching former teammate Jimmie Johnson at Indy

McLaren’s Zak Brown choosing Indy over Monaco: ‘No place I’d rather be’

HELIO CASTRONEVES’ DRIVE FOR FIVE

A man in full at the Brickyard, Castroneves eyeing team ownership later in career

Recalling the 2001 victory : ‘I’ve never seen Roger more nervous’

Recalling the 2002 victory: Twice as nice and a very lengthy legacy

Recalling the 2009 victory: ‘Happiest day of his life’

The science of how Helio Castroneves’ Indy 500 victories evolved over the years

Kyle Busch interests McLaren for Indy 500, but team is leaning toward experience

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With Arrow McLaren SP heavily weighing a fourth car for the Indy 500 next year, Kyle Busch is a candidate but not at the top of the IndyCar team’s list.

McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown addressed the possibility Wednesday morning during a video news conference with Gavin Ward, the team’s newly named racing director.

“I have not personally spoken with Kyle Busch, but you can read into that that someone else in our organization has,” Brown said. “We want to make sure if we run a fourth car, we’re in the mindset that we want someone that is experienced around the 500. It’s such an important race, and from a going for the championship point of view, we’ve got three drivers that we want to have finish as strong as possible, so if we ran a fourth car, we’d want to be additive, not only for the fourth car itself, but to the three cars and so bringing in someone who’s not done it before potentially doesn’t add that value from an experience point of view.”

Busch will race the No. 8 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing next season in NASCAR under a new deal that will allow the two-time Cup Series champion to make his Indy 500 debut. Busch, who had a previous deal to run the Indy 500 nixed by Joe Gibbs Racing, openly courted Chevy IndyCar teams to contact him during his introductory news conference with RCR last month.

After Team Penske (which has given no indications of a fourth car at Indy alongside champion Will Power, Josef Newgarden and Scott McLaughlin), McLaren is the second-best Chevy organization, and it’s fielded an extra Indy 500 car the past two years for Juan Pablo Montoya. The Associated Press reported last month that McLaren was in “serious conversation” about running Busch at Indy with Menards sponsorship.

But with its restructured management, the team is in the midst of significant expansion for 2023. AMSP is adding a third full-time car for 2016 Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi to team with Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist, and a massive new shop also is being built in the Indianapolis area.

“(It’s) not because of him but purely because of experience,” Brown said of Busch. “He’s an awesome talent and would be huge, huge news for the speedway. But yeah, I think everyone is under consideration if we decide to do it, but experience is right at the top of the list as far as what’s going to be the most important to us.”

And it seems likely there will be a veteran joining Rossi, O’Ward and Rosenqvist at the Brickyard.

“A fourth car at the 500 is very much under consideration,” Brown said. “I wouldn’t even want to get ahead of ourselves, but we wouldn’t be ruling out a fourth car in the future on a full-time basis. That definitely wouldn’t be for ’23. But as we expand the team and get into larger facilities and things of that nature, it’s something that Gavin and I have spoken about.

“I think we would be in a position to run a fourth car at the 500 this upcoming year. If we do decide to do that, we’ll make that decision soon for maximum preparation, and I would say we’re open minded to a fourth car in ’24 and beyond and probably will make that decision middle of next year in time to be prepared if we did decide to do that.”

Brown also addressed the future of Alex Palou, who will be racing for Chip Ganassi Racing next season after also signing a deal with McLaren. Though Brown declined to get into specifics about whether Palou had signed a new deal, he confirmed Palou will continue to test “our Formula One car from time to time.

“Everyone has reached an amicable solution,” Brown said. “We’ve now had Alex in our Formula One car as we have Pato. That will continue in the future, which we’re quite excited about. At this point we’re laser-focused on 2023 and glad to have the noise behind us and now just want to put our head down and get on with the job with the three drivers we have.”