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
Live Stream: LiveStream.com
*Qualifying results and starting grid via Indy 500's official website.
Four-Lap Average (MPH)
|2||Carlos Munoz (R)||228.342|
|5||AJ Allmendinger (R)||228.099|
|24||Simona De Silvestro||225.226|
|28||Tristian Vautier (R)||224.873|
|31||Conor Daly (R)||223.582|
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:
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:
Whenever professional sports from the same town cross paths, it's always a fun treat.