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Indy 500 weather forecast: Will it be rain or shine for 2020 race?

Despite a challenging year, the best day in motor sports will still go ahead with an Indy 500-NASCAR doubleheader on Aug. 23.

The 104th Indianapolis 500 is finally happening this Sunday on NBC and we have the Indy 500 weather forecast, race schedule, and more below.

The event was postponed earlier this year due to the pandemic marking the first time that the Indy 500 is being held outside the month of May. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway initially announced in June that the race would be held with a limited fan capacity of 50 percent, but made the tough decision earlier this month to have no fans in attendance due to rising concerns over the virus in Indianapolis and surrounding areas.

This is also the first Indianapolis 500 under new Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Roger Penske, who purchased the world’s most famous racetrack this past January from Hulman and Co., which owned the track since 1945. Penske’s cars have earned a record 18 wins in the Indianapolis 500, and Team Penske is seeking their third consecutive victory (Will Power - 2018, Simon Pagenaud - 2019).

Indy 500 weather forecast:

As of Thursday, the forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with a high of 82 degrees, and a 15% chance of rain at the start of the race.

How to watch the Indy 500?

The 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 will take place on Sunday, Aug. 23. Live coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET on NBC and will be streaming on the NBC Sports app.

The command to start engines will be given at 2:23 p.m., and the green flag will drop at 2:30 p.m.

2020 Indy 500 Schedule

Sunday, Aug. 23

7 a.m. — Garage opens

10:45 a.m. — Tech inspection

12:40 p.m. — Cars to pit lane

1 p.m. — Pre-race show begins on NBC

1:20 p.m. — Cars to the grid

2:23 p.m. — Command to start engines

2:30 p.m. — Green flag for the 2020 Indy 500

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