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Indianapolis 500

Indianapolis 500

  • Premiered: 
    June 5, 1965
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  • Network: ABC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Sports
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Tags: motorsports (automobile: Indy)

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Plot Synopsis

Each Memorial Day Weekend since 1911 -- except for 1917-1918 and 1942-1945, because of World Wars I and II, respectively -- the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has hosted the INDIANAPOLIS 500. The Greatest Spectacle in Racing is a 500-mile automobile race, which consists of 200 counterclockwise laps on a 2.5-mile racetrack. Until 1964, video coverage of the race was quite limited, because the Speedway was concerned that fewer spectators would attend the race in person. In 1964, the race was shown live for the first time on closed-circuit television in theaters throughout the United States. The following year, ABC showed tape-delayed highlights of the race as part of its WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS weekend afternoon series, which it continued to do for six years. In 1971, ABC first aired same-day, tape-delayed coverage of the event, showing a two-hour, highly edited program the same night of the race. Since 1986, ABC has televised the race live, in its entirety, usually starting late morning (East Coast Time).
Sunday, May 28, 2023 marks the fifth year that NBC has broadcast the INDIANAPOLIS 500, with pre-race coverage at 11am ET/8am PT and the race telecast starting at 12:30p ET/9:30am PT. "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" will be called by Leigh Diffey and analysts Townsend Bell and James Hinchcliffe. Marty Snider, Kevin Lee, Dave Burns and Dillon Welch serve as pit reporters.

Actress Stephanie Beatriz is this year's Grand Marshal. Jewel will perform "The Star-Spangled Banner," Indiana National Guard quartet with Purdue band performs "America the Beautiful," Angela Brown sings "God Bless America," and Jim Cornelison again will belt out "(Back Home Again in) Indiana". Tyrese Haliburton drives the pace car, and Adam Driver serves as the honorary starter, waving the green flag at 12:45pm ET/9:45am PT. Starting from pole position for the 107th running of the INDIANAPOLIS 500, Alex Palou leads a field of 33 drivers, including defending champion Marcus Ericsson, who starts in the 10th spot today.

NBC Sports host Mike Tirico and studio analyst Danica Patrick return to Indianapolis 500 coverage for the fifth consecutive year, contributing to pre-race coverage, beginning at 11am ET/8am PT on NBC.

NBC Sports motorsports analyst Dale Earnhardt Jr. and NBC Sports NASCAR analyst Steve Letarte will provide commentary and reports from around IMS throughout pre-race and race coverage.



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Firsts, Lasts & Notable Notes

  • May 29, 1971: First time the Indy 500 is shown on network TV the day of the race.