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.
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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
3:15 p.m. ET: Simon Pageanaud gives up the lead to pit. Second-place Oliver Askew follows Pageanaud to the pits and passes him with a quicker stop. Will Power assumes the race lead before pitting himself and surrendering the lead to Scott Dixon.
3:05 p.m. ET: Green flag. Restart on Lap 33. Simon Pageanaud immediately passes Oliver Askew for the lead.
3 p.m. ET: Scott Dixon wins the race off pit road under caution. He will restart eighth behind those who did not put. Ryan Hunter-Reay loses four positions after a slow stop.
2:55 p.m. ET: Caution. Marcus Ericsson crashes into the outside wall after getting loose coming out of Turn 1 on Lap 25. His car is destroyed, so he’s done for the day. Scott Dixon is leading Ryan Hunter-Reay and Takuma Sato as the yellow comes out.
2:45 p.m. ET: Green flag. Restart on Lap 12. Scott Dixon keeps the lead over Ryan Hunter-Reay and Takuma Sato.
2:36 p.m. ET: Caution for debris on Lap 6. Something does wrong on James Davison’s right front wheel. It comes apart and literally bursts into flames. Scott Dixon is leading Ryan Hunter-Reay and Takuma Sato as the yellow comes out.
2:34 p.m. ET: Ed Carpenter has to pit on Lap 3 after getting walled by Zach Veach between Turns 1 and 2.
2:31 p.m. ET: Green flag. The 104th Indianapolis 500 is underway. Scott Dixon beats Marco Andretti into Turn 1 to take the lead. Dixon leads the first lap.
2:23 p.m. ET: Track owner Roger Penske gives the command to fire engines.
2:13 p.m. ET: Pre-race ceremonies continue with the national anthem and flyover. We’re just a few minutes away from the command to fire engines.
1:48 p.m. ET: Driver introductions begin on NBC.
Indy 500 start time
Race: 104th Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor SpeedwayDate: Sunday, Aug. 23Start time: 1 p.m. ET (2:30 p.m. ET green flag)TV channel: NBCLive stream: NBC Sports Gold | fuboTV
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.
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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.