102nd Indy 500 is knocking at the door. Thrilling 102nd Indianapolis 500 is a 500 miles of rampant speed and super fast-paced action. Thirty-three driver will combat for 200 laps and 500 miles oval around the IMS circuit.
The premier event of the Verizon IndyCar Series will happen over Memorial Day weekend on May 27. Three million people will attend at the spot. However, the month of May activities traditionally began with IndyCar Grand Prix on May 12. Indy 500 practice is set on Crab Day 15th May and the qualifying will be held on 19 & 20 May 2018. Learn more about the 2018 Indianapolis 500 right here.
Everything about 2018 Indy 500 at a glance
This is the most prestigious auto racing sport in America. Indianapolis 500 held annually at the IMS, Indiana and the 102nd Greatest Spectacle in Racing is scheduled on 27th May 2018. This year, Indy 500 will be the most dramatic auto racing with a lot of exciting drivers including Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Takuma Sato and more. It’s difficult to say who will win the Borg-Warner Trophy, who can drench with milk as well as dreaming cash prize. But before starting the race we should know everything about the 102nd Indy 500. Let’s see all about the race below.
What time does the Indianapolis 500 start?
The 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 is set for 27th May Memorial Day weekend. In the Race Day, engines will start at 12:15 PM ET. The traditional green flag will drop at 12:19 PM ET and the 500 miles race will begin at 12:20 PM ET.
What channel is the Indianapolis 500 on?
ABC will air the Iconic Race from Speedway. ABC is the only broadcaster of the race. Thereafter, none of any other channel can air the event. One can watch the pinnacle of the race on fuboTV, Sling TV or WatchESPN.
Where is the Indianapolis 500?
The Indianapolis 500 is held annually at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The IMS is the home circuit of the Indy 500.
What TV Channel has the broadcasting right?
ABC channel currently holds the official broadcasting right of the event as well as the whole IndyCar Series. But from the beginning of the year 2019, NBC will be the official broadcast partner of the Verizon IndyCar Series along with Indy 500 game.
Indianapolis 500 attendance
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway racing circuit’s seating capacity is near about 2.5 million. But in the Race Day at most 3 million people will attend at the circuit. This IMS authority declared this year will be the smoking free atmosphere of the race and first time for Indy 500.
How many Laps in Indy 500 2018?
Thirty-three drivers have to race 200 laps over the 500 miles circuit. That means every driver must complete 200 laps in the contest. Fastest lap is very important for the event. However, the fastest lap was considered for championship bonus points in the previous time.
How long Indy 500 track?
Indianapolis 500 is held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the circuit distance is 2.5 miles (4.0 kilometer) oval circuit. Drivers race 200 laps for 500 miles in the prestigious event.
Who won the first Indianapolis 500?
The first Indianapolis 500 was held in 1911 and Ray Harroun is the first Indy 500 winner. His average speed was 74.59 miles per hour and Harroun was driving Marmon engine with team Nordyke & Marmon Company.
Who won the 100th Indy 500?
Alexander Rossi won the 100th Indianapolis 500 in 2016. Rossi made the winning with Andretti Autosport when he was only 24-year-old American rookie. Moreover, he always saved fuel in the whole race and his patient has made him the champion.
Who won Indy 500 last year?
Takuma Sato, a Japanese racing driver, is the winner of last year 101st Indianapolis 500 and first-time winner as an Asin driver.
Can I watch Indy 500 online?
Yes, you can watch the Iconic Race online at home. One will be able to watch 2018 Indy 500 live online with or without cable here. ABC will telecast the entire race from IMS circuit, Indiana. People can watch the event online on ABC app. Nevertheless, fans also can enjoy the greatest race on WatchESPN. If you do not have any cable operator then online channel may be your best choice. There have a lot of ways to watch the event online through different internet channels. Choose any one of them and stream Indianapolis 500 directly on your mobile, android phone, PC, Laptop, or tablet. Users may watch the iconic game with the help of Sling TV, Fubo TV, DirecTV NOW, SBS, YouTube TV, or any trusted one. The mobile user will be able to see the event by downloading ABC app, DirecTV NOW App, or any of the above online tv provider. One can find these apps from Google Play Store, App Store, Apple Store, Amazon App Store. If you are from the outside USA then you may catch up the event by using VPN service as well.
How much Indianapolis 500 tickets?
The 500 miles race tickets will be available on the official IMS website. General admission of the Indy 500 Race Day ticket price is fixed between $35-$55. On the other hand, the reserved seats are fixed at different prices. The most VIP seat “Paddock” ticket price is between $120-$125, “Tower Terrace” is for $117-$120, “Pit Road Terrace” seat price is $95-$98, North Vista is for $95-$98. Check out your seat on the official website on the internet and book your seat. Otherwise, you may collect your seat with various trusted ticket website like StubHub, Ticketmaster etc.
Indianapolis 500 prize money
The greatest automobile race winner gets $2.50 million. Takuma Sato, the winner of the 2017 Indy 500, earned $2,458,129 from a total purse of $13,178,359. In 2016, Alexander Rossi earned $2,548,743 where the total purse was $13,273,253. Brazilian auto racing driver Helio Castroneves won the 2009 running of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing and earned $3,048,005 from a total purse of $14,315,315.
Why do the indy 500 winners drink milk?
The inaugural race has a lot of traditions but the most watched images every year is the winner drinking liquid milk. In 1933, three-time Indy 500 winner Louis Meyer drank a glass of buttermilk due to refresh himself from hot weather. His mother had told him always to drink it when he got thirsty and Meyer was given a glass of milk when the man won 1936 Running of the Indianapolis 500 for the 3rd time. After this iconic moment winner of the race drink milk as a tradition.
2018 Indianapolis 500 will be the legendary iconic race and there have a few new rules added to it. Let’s see which rules have added for the 500:
- The start time of the Indy 500 practice has been moved from 12:00 PM to 11:00 AM. Track closing time remains the same at 6:00 PM.
- Minimum car weight has been reduced from 1580 to 1590 pounds for speedway due to more safety.
- Championship points from Indianapolis 500 qualifying has been rebuild while all 33 drivers had got points in the previous time. But this year only top 9 drivers will get this point with a new rule like as pole winner will receive 9 points, the second position holder will get 8 points and the rest of the starters will receive points consecutively down as 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1.
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