Indy 500 2014 Schedule: TV Info, Live Stream and Analyzing the IndyCar Race

R. Cory Smith@@RCorySmithSenior Writer IMay 25, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 19: Will Power of Australia, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet Dallara during practice for the Indy 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 19, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
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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

2014 Indianapolis 500 Starting Grid
11Ed Carpenter
12James Hinchcliffe
13Will Power
24Helio Castroneves
25Simon Pagenaud
26Marco Andretti
37Carlos Munoz
38Josef Newgarden
39JR Hildebrand
410Juan Pablo Montoya
411Scott Dixon
412Kurt Busch
513Jack Hawksworth
514Justin Wilson
515Mikhail Aleshin
616Tony Kanaan
617Sebastien Bourdais
618Oriol Servia
719Ryan Hunter-Reay
720Graham Rahal
721Carlos Huertas
822Pippa Mann
823Takuma Sato
824Alex Tagliani
925Townsend Bell
926Charlie Kimball
927Jacques Villeneuve
1028James Davison
1029Martin Plowman
1030Ryan Briscoe
1131Sage Karam
1132Sebastian Saavedra
1133Buddy Lazier

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:

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:

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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