IndyCar 500 Live

IndyCar 500 Live The Indianapolis 500 is happening Sunday, and unlike any Indy 500 before it, there won’t be any fans at the track, after race organizers decided to close the grandstands over coronavirus concerns. Thankfully, if you’re a fan, you’re not totally out of luck, because Verizon is leveraging its 5G network to put you at the Brickyard with a new augmented reality experience.

IndyCar 500 Live

The experience, which Verizon announced Friday, also includes the Saturday public driver’s meeting. The driver’s meeting is an Indy tradition for fans, and the experience offers plenty of up-close coverage of the drivers and lets fans virtually wander through the pit garages of all 33 cars.

What channel is the Indy 500 on today?
Race: 104th Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Date: Sunday, Aug. 23
Start time: 1 p.m. ET (2:30 p.m. ET green flag)
TV channel: NBC
Live stream: NBC Sports Gold | fuboTV

IndyCar 500 Live

NBC Sports is the exclusive home for the IndyCar Series in the United States for the second consecutive year, meaning 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.

Below are the top 40 TV markets in the Unites States and the local NBC affiliate for each.

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.

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.

“My first Indy 500 last year exceeded my very high expectations in every way,” Tirico said in a release. “Although this year’s race will take place under unprecedented circumstances, I can’t wait to get back to Indy. I’m confident that our team at the Brickyard will provide viewers with as exciting a viewing experience as possible.

“I am also thrilled that Danica Patrick is along for the ride again this year. We had such a great time last May and look forward to bringing Indy home for the viewers again.”

NBC will show all of the famous Indy 500 pre-race festivities starting at 1 p.m. ET before the green flag drops shortly after 2:30 p.m. ET.

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Indianapolis 500 schedule 2020
The complete schedule for the Indy 500 technically includes seven practice sessions and two days of qualifying, all of which were completed before Sunday’s main event.

The first six practice sessions took place from Wednesday, Aug. 12 through Sunday, Aug. 16. Baked into that schedule were qualifications on Aug. 15-16. The final practice session before the Indy 500, also known as Carb Day, took place Friday, Aug. 23.

Which sets up a long morning and early afternoon of waiting on Sunday, Aug. 23 before the 104th Indianapolis 500 takes the green flag at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Below is the complete schedule for race day.

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