Indy 500 Start Time: Complete Info for Racing's Biggest Event

John Rozum@Rozum27Correspondent IMay 26, 2013

May 18, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; IndyCar Series driver Dario Franchitti drives down the main straight away during pole day for the 2013 Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
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Everything is set for the 2013 Indianapolis 500.

To get you prepared for auto racing's biggest event, here is complete information as the engines await the green light.

It's quite a fascinating field of contenders. With Dario Franchitti and Helio Castroneves leading the pack of appealing drivers, the majority of the rest of the pool significantly lacks experience by comparison.

That, however, also puts more pressure on Franchitti and Castroneves to get the win. Everyone else will be aiming to pull the upset, which makes for some compelling racing.

And to catch all the action, let's check out all the information you need for Sunday's competition.

Where: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

When: Sunday, May 26 at noon ET

Watch: ABC

Live Stream: LiveStream.com

Starting Grid

*Qualifying results and starting grid via Indy 500's official website.

Grid Spot


Four-Lap Average (MPH)

1 Ed Carpenter 228.762
2 Carlos Munoz (R) 228.342
3 Marco Andretti 228.261
4 E.J. Viso 228.150
5 AJ Allmendinger (R) 228.099
6 Will Power 228.087
7 Ryan Hunter-Reay 227.904
8 Helio Castroneves 227.762
9 James Hinchcliffe 227.070
10 J.R. Hildebrand 227.441
11 Alex Tagliani 227.386
12 Tony Kanaan 226.949
13 Oriol Servia 226.814
14 Justin Wilson 226.370
15 Sebastien Bourdais 226.196
16 Scott Dixon 226.158
17 Dario Franchitti 226.069
18 Takuma Sato 225.892
19 Charlie Kimball 225.880
20 James Jakes 225.809
21 Simon Pagenaud 225.674
22 Townsend Bell 225.643
23 Ryan Briscoe 225.265
24 Simona De Silvestro 225.226
25 Josef Newgarden 226.731
26 Graham Rahal 225.007
27 Sebastian Saavedra 224.929
28 Tristian Vautier (R) 224.873
29 Ana Beatriz 224.184
30 Pippa Mann 224.005
31 Conor Daly (R) 223.582
32 Buddy Lazier 223.442
33 Katherine Legge 223.176

Weather Outlook

According to the Weather.com hourly forecast, it's expected to be 61 degrees with seven miles-per-hour winds at noon on Sunday in Indianapolis. Factor in some potential rain (30 percent chance) with clouds, and this will play a role regarding visibility.

The rain and wind are also anticipated to marginally increase, albeit still minimally, as the day presses onward. You can also view a future forecast with a motion graph on Weather.com to get expected updates.

On Friday, Jenny Anchondo of FOX 59 in Indianapolis reported on the previous rainfalls during the Indy 500:

Jenny Anchondo @JennyAnchondoTV

Measurable rain has fallen 4 times since 2000 on race day. http://t.co/QrPAYjxd7p for the forecast for the #Indy500 .

But unless a monsoon ends up hitting Indiana, expect the race to occur as planned.

What to Watch For

If there's a driver with a favorable advantage, it's Franchitti.

He has won two of the previous three Indy 500s and three of the previous six overall and brings the experience and confidence to the table as well. Plus, according to Ben Strauss of The New York Times, Franchitti received props from fellow competitor Tony Kanaan:

"He’s the most technical racer I’ve ever seen," the driver Tony Kanaan said of Franchitti. "Everything has to be just so for Dario in his preparation, and that’s why he’s so good on the track. He’s meticulous. We call him Princess sometimes."

Flirting with history when the race begins, Franchitti will have everyone on the edge of their seats.

There are also four women—Simona De Silvestro, Ana Beatriz, Pippa Mann and Katherine Legge—in the event, and each is capable of challenging for the checkered flag.

De Silvestro, however, enters as the best of the group and is also emitting confidence. As Tim Tuttle of Sports Illustrated wrote on May 17, she is expecting to perform well:

I definitely feel that I finally have the tools in my hands to be competitive. The team put a lot of work into the cars over the winter and I feel like we came here pretty prepared. I feel pretty confident. Every day (in practice) we've been running and doing more laps and the car feels pretty good underneath us. I'm taking each day one at a time. I think if we do our job right, the results will be good at the end."

No woman has come close to Danica Patrick's third-place finish in 2009, but a new race simply means a new opportunity. And 2013 certainly has potential.

On a final note, Darren Rovell of ESPN tweeted this photo of the Indiana Pacers from the NBA in honor of the historic race:

Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

In honor of the Indy 500, the Pacers T-shirts for tomorrow are in checkered flag formation http://t.co/yW3QC9bJGe

Whenever professional sports from the same town cross paths, it's always a fun treat.


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