Indy 500: How, When to Watch and Livestream the 2021 Race

by Emily Morgan

Unlike last year, the 105th Indianapolis 500 will commence on Sunday, with fans back at the speedway to watch the annual race

NBC will provide race coverage and will kick off as early as 9 a.m. ET on NBC Sports Network before NBC takes over at 11 a.m. ET. The race is scheduled to begin at 12:45 p.m. ET.

Indy 500 Details

  • Race: 105th Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • Date: Sunday, May 30
  • State time: 11 a.m. (12:45 p.m. ET green flag)
  • TV channel: NBC
  • Live stream: NBC Sports | Peacock | fuboTV

On Sunday, NBC Sports will provide the full coverage of the Indy 500, from prerace to postrace. Mike Tirico and former IndyCar driver Danica Patrick will provide commentary. 

However, the action of The Indy 500 begins hours before viewers can get in on the race. Leading up to the event, drivers have been practicing and attempting to qualifying for the race over the past several days. It’s been a white-knuckle time for drivers hopeful of taking home the win. But it remains to be seen, who will take that victory lap in Sunday’s race.

On Sunday, the garages began opening at 5 a.m. ET and the gates opened at 6 a.m. as the teams prepared for a long and lengthy day of racing. 

Streaming Options

There are other options to stream the iconic race for those who can’t watch the Indy 500 on cable. Rather than purchasing NBC Sports Gold’s IndyCar Pass, viewers can subscribe to Peacock Premium, which will have access to all IndyCar racing content that you need. 

There are also other options for streaming. Fans can check out and subscribe to Sling, Hulu, Youtube TV, fubuTV, and AT&T Now.

Local listeners can tune into 93.1 FM, WFNI-107.5 / 1070 AM for those hoping to listen to the race. Suppose you want to hear it on satellite radio. In that case, you can tune into Pennzoil IndyCar Radio Network or NBC Sports on Sirius XM, which will air on Sirius channel 211, XM channel 205, Internet channel 205. 

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

As for the weather, Sunday morning temperatures in the local area were reported to be in the 40s with clear skies. The forecast calls for sunny skies and temperatures in the low 60s when the green flag flies at 12:45 p.m. ET. 

For the fourth time in his racing career, Scott Dixon will lead the starting lineup of the Indy 500.