Five hundred miles. That's all that currently separates one driver from the starting black of bricks and history.
With the Indianapolis 500 just hours away, every racer has hopes of wearing the wreath, drinking the milk and, most importantly, being crowned as the champion.
For some drivers, hopes of capturing their first win in the illustrious race still loom large. Those racers include names like Will Power, Marco Andretti and pole-sitter Ed Carpenter who are all looking for their first checkered flag in Indy.
Then there's the drivers with hopes of taking another victory away from the 500. With drivers like Juan Pablo Montoya and Scott Dixon seen as favorites coming in, others like Helio Castroneves and Tony Kanaan are looking to make history as a four-time victor and repeat winner, respectively.
Before the crown jewel of the IndyCar season gets underway, here's a look at the viewing information and breakdown of the 2014 Indianapolis 500.
Indianapolis 500 Information
When: Sunday, May 25 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Start Time: Green Flag at 12:12 p.m. EDT
TV Info: ABC, coverage begins at 11 a.m. EDT
Live Stream: WatchESPN
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Indy 500 Breakdown
In IndyCar racing, experience is everything. No one has more experience and success at the famed Brickyard than Castroneves.
The Brazilian driver finished sixth last year, and he was one of six Chevrolet motors to finish in the top seven. But with a past that is highlighted by three wins, Castroneves is always a strong contender at the track.
ESPN Stats & Info shares how important a win would be for the 39-year-old driver:
Helio Castroneves needs 1 more win to tie the record of 4 #Indy500 victories. He would also tie for the fastest to reach 4 wins.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 24, 2014
Though he may not be considered a true contender to win the race, one huge storyline to watch is Kurt Busch looking to pull double duty. The NASCAR driver will be racing in the Indy 500 early in the afternoon, hopping on a plane and flying to Charlotte to drive in the Coca-Cola 600.
Busch's attempt at the double marks the first time since Robby Gordon did it in 2004 that a driver will even try to accomplish the feat. While The Outlaw has been pretty coy about his chances, fellow NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. shared how important the attempt is, per Fox Sports: NASCAR:
Who will win the Indy 500?
As for the race itself, drivers like Busch and Montoya bring star power to a race that has been lacking in draw over the last few years. While Castroneves and Power provide draw for IndyCar junkies, NASCAR fans might also tune in to see the familiar faces race for an open-wheel win.
Montoya spoke about the future for the circuit, per Nate Ryan of USA Today.
"I do believe the future is very bright for IndyCar," Montoya said. "They're definitely on the way up. They really want to put it back where it was."
Whether fans are tuning in to watch the 500 regulars or feast their eyes on a stock car hopeful trying to add his name to the Indy lore, this year's race is sure to be one to remember.
Just 500 miles stand between the next Indy champion. Buckle up, because it's sure to be a wild ride.
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