INDIANAPOLIS- Motorsports fans can finally smile. May is here with us, and of course, this is the most spectacular time of the year. The month of May has had a special meaning since time immemorial particularly to those who prefer horsepower over horse racing. Indiana favorite sporting event is the Indianapolis 500.
On Saturday, the event will begin with the sixth IndyCar Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 2.439 miles, 14-turn road course. Saturday’s 85- lap, the 207.315-mile race will be the first time NBC Sports has covered an NTT IndyCar Series race at IMS.
NBC Sports Gold’s “INDYCAR Pass” will present 60+hours of INDYCAR practice, qualifying and full event replays to ensure that all the fans do not miss any action from IMS’ legendly2.5-mile oval. The price of the “INDYCAR Pass” has been reduced this month only to $39.99, a $15 discount.
On Friday INDYCAR Pass streaming coverage will begin with INDYCAR Grand Prix practice and qualifying sessions at 9:10 a.m. exclusively for subscribers. On May 14, INDYCAR will only live stream 29.5 hours of Indy practice coverage on May 14-18.
The IndyCar Grand Prix is intended to showcase the diversity of the current IndyCar and talented drivers. It also allows fans to see a different style of racing at IMS. The Grand Prix draws about 50,000 spectators.
The practice for the Indianapolis 500 begins next Tuesday and runs throughout the week featuring “fast Friday.” The qualifications are set for Saturday, May 18. Positions 10-30 will be locked into the race Saturday based on their four-lap average speeds.
On Sunday, May 19 NBC will televise “Last Row Shootout,” followed by the run for the pole in the “First Nine”. The pole winner will be determined by 2.45 p.m. ET, weather permitting. Later NBCSN will take over at 3P.M.with three hours of practice for the full with Indy 500 field of 33 cars. The carb day is set for May 24.
On Sunday, May 26 NBC will telecast the Indianapolis 500 for the first time in history. The following are roles NBC’s signature programs that will be playing: Kelly Clarkson will be singing the National Anthem, the Today show will be televised live from Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 23, Matt and Akbar from America Ninja Warrior will have dignitary positions while the winner from last year’s ‘The Voice’ will be singing God bless America.