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Indy 500 on NBC: How to watch, start times, live stream

Indy 500 start times 2021

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 28: NTT Indy Car Series car driver Marcus Ericsson (8) drives into turn one during Miller Lite Carb Day as teams prepare for the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 28, 2021 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Brian Spurlock/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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The 2021 start times for the Indy 500 are here -- and right on time this year.

The 105th Indianapolis 500 will be held Sunday, May 30 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and will be broadcast live on NBC at 11 a.m. ET, with prerace starting at 9 a.m. on NBCSN.

A sellout crowd of 135,000 will be in attendance at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 40 percent of the track’s 235,000-seat capacity, according to track owner Roger Penske.

Here are the details and start times for the 105th Indy 500 (all times are ET):

TV info, Indy 500 start times, schedule 2021

5 a.m.: Garage opens

6 a.m.: Gates open

6:30 a.m.: Tech inspection

8:15 a.m.: Cars pushed to pit lane

10:30 a.m.: Cars on the starting grid

11:47 a.m.: Driver introductions

12:38 p.m.: Command to start engines

12:45 p.m.: Green flag for the 105th Indy 500

How can I watch the Indy 500 on TV?

The Indy 500 will be shown on NBC. Prerace coverage will begin at 9 a.m. on NBCSN, moving to NBC at 11 a.m. and running through 4 p.m., followed by a postrace show on NBCSN. It also will be available via streaming on the NBC Sports App and

Indy 500 race information

DISTANCE: The race is 200 laps (500 miles) around Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 2.5-mile oval.

FORECAST: According to, it’s expected to be 63 degrees with a 0% chance of rain at the green flag.


QUALIFYING: The 33-car field was set May 22-23. Scott Dixon won the Indy 500 pole position for the fourth time in his career.

Click here for the starting lineup in the 105th Indy 500.

NBCSPORTS.COM COVERAGE: Below are links to IndyCar stories this week on Motorsports Talk.

Scott Dixon leads final Carb Day practice for the Indy 500

Dixon remains PointsBet favorite for the Indy 500

Colton Herta angry at Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing for photo incident


John Menard recalls an emotional and eventful May 1996

Buddy Lazier on his remarkable return from a broken back to win the 1996 Indy 500

The ill-fated U.S. 500 and the CART-IRL split that precipitated an embarrassing start

The lost generation of stars who never won the Indy 500