An Indy 500 a few months late is better than no Indy 500 at all. This is the mindset of the IndyCar Series and the 33 race teams and drivers competing in the 2020 Indy 500, the 104th edition of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.
The Indy 500 is being run in August for the first time ever. The COVID-19 pandemic made the traditional May date for the race impossible, and with the 2020 IndyCar season having started in June, the Indy 500 is the seventh event on what’s currently a 12-race schedule.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway originally planned to host fans at the Indy 500 at 50 percent of the track’s capacity. That number later was cut to 25 percent, and eventually, track owner Roger Penske had to pull the plug on the idea of hosting fans at all. The 2020 Indy 500 will play out in front of empty bleachers at IMS.
Scott Dixon, the IndyCar Series points leader and the driver who almost kept Marco Andretti from the pole for Sunday’s race, is the betting favorite to win the 2020 Indy 500. He will start second behind Andretti, whose Indy 500 pole is the sixth of his IndyCar career.
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Indy 500 live updates, highlights from 2020 race
(The green flag for the 2020 Indy 500 is scheduled to wave at 2:30 p.m. ET.)
Indy 500 start time
NBC will start covering pre-race Indy 500 ceremonies a full hour and a half before the green flag is scheduled to wave. The command for drivers to start their engines will come at 2:23 p.m. ET. (More on the full schedule below.)
NBC Sports is the exclusive home for the IndyCar Series in the United States for the second consecutive year, which is why the 2020 Indy 500 will be shown on broadcast cable network NBC. The Indy 500 had been shown on ABC for 54 consecutive years before NBC obtained the exclusive series rights with a three-year deal in 2019.
Mike Tirico will lead NBC’s pre-race coverage from Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and for the second straight year, he’ll get help from retired IndyCar driver Danica Patrick.
NBC Sports’ lead IndyCar broadcast team of Leigh Diffey (play-by-play), Townsend Bell (analyst) and Paul Tracy (analyst) will call the 104th annual Indy 500.
Indy 500 qualifying results, starting lineup
Andretti won the pole for the 2020 Indy 500 when he edged Scott Dixon by .017 mph, the third-closest margin in the history of Indianapolis qualifying. He did it last Sunday after finishing Saturday’s qualifying session with the fastest lap times and giving himself the final run for the Fast Nine Shootout.
Andretti’s pole at Indianapolis is the sixth pole of his IndyCar career. His team, which is owned by his father Michael, now has 42 poles in IndyCar.
The majority of the 33-car Indy 500 starting lineup was set Saturday, when all but the fastest nine drivers cemented their positions. Colton Herta qualified 10th and barely missed the cut-off for Sunday’s Fast Nine Shootout.
Each of the top nine drivers qualified Sunday with four-lap runs. Including the results of both qualifying sessions, below is the complete starting lineup for the 2020 Indy 500.
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