The day has finally come. One of the most prestigious sporting events on the calendar has arrived as Sunday marks the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Of course, this race was supposed to run on the Sunday before Memorial Day in a tripleheader with Formula 1 and NASCAR, but then a pandemic would consume the world.
33 brave entrants will run side-by-side and inches apart at 240 miles per hour into turn one and an average of over 220 mph on every lap.
Marco Andretti earned his sixth career pole in IndyCar and the man of the legendary Andretti family will look to break the family curse and win his first career Indy 500. In 14 starts, he has an average finish of 11.9 and has failed to finish inside the top 10 in three of the last four Indy 500s. With his pole position, it will be up to Andretti to keep himself towards the front of pack to put himself in contention to win at the end.
Three-time winner in 2020, the current points leader, and 2008 Indy 500 champion Scott Dixon joins Andretti on the front row. According to Sports Insider, he is the betting favorite to win at +450. However, Dixon has failed to finish inside the top 10 in two of the last three races as he had a poor, 17th-place showing last year and was involved in a horrifying incident in 2017.
It has been a less than stellar year for Alexander Rossi as he sits 10th in points. The good news for the Andretti Autosport is that he is riding some momentum heading into Sunday with three-straight top-10 finishes. Rossi was a surprise winner of the race in 2016 as he won on fuel mileage. He will start ninth on Sunday.
With a stout rookie class in IndyCar this season, do not be surprised to one of them cross the bricks first after 500 miles. Rinus VeeKay and Alex Palou will both start inside the top 10, and Oliver Askew, who starts 21st, has already been in contention to win races this season.
Maybe a legend could kiss the bricks Sunday? Helio Castroneves and F1 legend Fernando Alonso both join Sunday’s field. Castroneves is a three-time Indy 500 winner while Alonso is a multi-time champion in F1. Castroneves starts 28th and Alonso starts 26th.
The race will be 200 laps around the 2.5-mile circuit.
You can watch the Indy 500 on NBC. Coverage will begin at 1:00 p.m. EST and green flag is scheduled shortly after 2:30 p.m.