Indy 500 TV Schedule: When and Where You Can Watch First 2 Rows Dominate Race

Timothy RappFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 23, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27:  (L-R) Marco Andretti, driver of the #26 Team RC Cola Chevrolet shares a laugh with his grandfather Mario Andretti prior to the start of the IZOD IndyCar Series 96th running of the Indianpolis 500 mile race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 27, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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At the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, look for Team Penske and Team Andretti to do battle and ultimately field the winner.

The two teams comprise every spot in the first two rows, after all, and Penske's Ryan Briscoe is sitting on the pole for the race. Keep in mind that four of the last eight pole-sitters have won this race.

Team Penske has started off this season 4-0, with Will Power winning three races and Helio Castroneves taking home a win as well. Castroneves will be looking for his fourth win at the Indy 500, and would join A.J. Foyt, Al Unser Sr. and Rick Mears as the only four-time winners.

No driver has ever won the race five times.

But Team Andretti has a strong presence in the front as well. James Hinchcliffe barely lost the pole to Briscoe and is considered one of the sport's brightest young stars. He's currently third in the point standings heading into the race as well.

Ryan Hunter-Reay will be joining Hinchcliffe in the first row and is a threat to surprise some folks with a win. 

And let's not forget about Marco Andretti in the second row, who will be trying to end the long Andretti curse at the Indianapolis 500. The famous family of racing has only won the race once, when Mario Andretti did so in 1969.

Marco Andretti has come close, finishing in second place once and third place twice. And he's confident he can take home a win on Sunday (from Reuters via Fox News):

He has not had a great start to this season, finishing outside the top 10 in each of the four IndyCar races this year but rather than be frustrated, the 25-year-old is supremely confident his luck is about to change after qualifying fourth in the 33-car field.

"I think this is our race to lose, I really do," he told reporters. " I'd rather be lucky than good at this place. But if we can show up good and get a little bit of luck, that's all you need."

My pick?

Though he's never won the race, I'm going with Will Power. He's the hottest driver in the field, having won three straight races, and he desperately needs to add an Indianapolis win to his solid resume. If he is able to do so, he should be on a fast track to winning his first IndyCar championship.

Here's your info on today's race:

When: Sunday, May 27 at 12 p.m. ET

Where: Indianapolis Motor Speedway  

TV: ABC, 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET, 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. PT

Pole: Ryan Briscoe


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