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Indy 500 Lineup 2015: Starting Grid and Viewing Info for IndyCar's Top Race

Chris Roling@@Chris_RolingFeatured ColumnistMay 23, 2015

The crew of Helio Castroneves, of Brazil, performs his winning pit stop during the pit stop competition on he final day of practice before the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Friday, May 22, 2015.  (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
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In a lighthearted way, milk and the Borg-Warner Trophy overshadow what has been one of the most intriguing buildups to the Indianapolis 500 in years. 

The 99th edition of the race concludes a wild period filled with dangerous wrecks in practices, the possible result of changes to body kits in certain car's designs.

As always, the show will continue, albeit perhaps with more eyeballs on the sport than usual as Ryan Hunter-Reay looks to repeat as champ and a deep field looks to prevent the history-making feat.

Below, let's take a look at the pertinent details and drivers to watch.

Indy 500 Info

Where: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Date: Sunday, May 24

Time: 12:15 p.m. ET

TV: ABC 

Live Stream: IndianapolisMotorSpeedway.com

Lineup/Starting Grid

Row 1
Scott Dixon (first)Will Power (second)Simon Pagenaud (third)
Row 2
Tony Kanaan (fourth)Helio Castroneves (fifth)Justin Wilson (sixth)
Row 3
Sebastien Bourdais (seventh)Marco Andretti (eighth)Josef Newgarden (ninth)
Row 4
J.R. Hildebrand (10th)Carlos Munoz (11th)Ed Carpenter (12th)
Row 5
Oriol Servia (13th)Charlie Kimball (14th)Juan Pablo Montoya (15th)
Row 6
Ryan Hunter-Reay (16th)Graham Rahal (17th)Carlos Huertas (18th)
Row 7
Simona de Silvestro (19th)James Jakes (20th)Tristan Vautier (21st)
Row 8
Alex Tagliani (22nd)Sage Karam (23rd)James Hinchcliffe (24th)
Row 9
Conor Daly (25th)Townsend Bell (26th)Takuma Sato (27th)
Row 10
Pippa Mann (28th)Gabby Chaves (29th)Sebastian Saavedra (30th)
Row 11
Jack Hawksworth (31st)Stefano Coletti (32nd)Bryan Clauson (33rd)
IndianapolisMotorSpeedway.com.

Top Drivers to Watch

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Chris Carlson/Associated Press

The defending champion rides 16th Sunday, a less than desirable starting post, although it's not a reason to count out Hunter-Reay.

Besides, Hunter-Reay managed to outlast Helio Castroneves last year from the No. 19 slot. The American sounds comfortable in the same range again this year.

"I'm just worried about the race," Hunter-Reay said, per Jim Peltz of the Los Angeles Times. "We wanted to stay inside the top 20 [in qualifying]; we started 19th last year, and that turned out OK."

While some of the spotlight seems to focus on other names, especially those near the front of the pack in the starting grid, it's important to focus on the defending champ because he has already shown an ability to navigate through a lot of traffic and pull out a win.

Repeating at this event seems impossible, but Hunter-Reay isn't one to underestimate.

Will Power

Michael Conroy/Associated Press

IndyCar championship in hand, Will Power now turns his attention to his next big goal—a win in the Indy 500.

The Australian sensation touts seven prior starts at the event and will go from the No. 2 slot Sunday. He has been on a hot tear even before strong practice performances, too, winning the Indianapolis Grand Prix.

As 120 Sports captures, Sunday's race remains Power's top goal:

Stadium @WatchStadium

"I've been thinking about it more than ever." @12WillPower has sights on Indy 500. EXCLUSIVE: http://t.co/V1fsRcBJSm http://t.co/oNrRIpzsE3

Power seems to improve each time he partakes in the event, even leading a career-high 22 laps last year.

Recent momentum, an improving resume and a strong starting position in hand, Power might use Sunday's event to ascend the ladder atop the sport.

Scott Dixon

Michael Conroy/Associated Press

Driving like it's 2008 seems to be the idea in Scott Dixon's camp. 

Dixon won the pole at this event in 2008 and stormed to a victory. One of the biggest storylines this week centers on his ability to repeat the feat after winning the pole this year, too.

"Yes, you know, if we could replicate 2008, it would be fantastic," Dixon said, per Mike Brudenell of the Detroit Free Press. "That's the goal. It's very hard to pull that off. There are 32 other very good competitors out there and a lot of stacked teams …"

The man who broke up Penske dominance with his pole win this year might just have enough to win the whole thing, as Dixon has looked solid his last few times out, too.

Combating a deep field and a new wave of car designs isn't an easy task, but Dixon stands tall among the favorites for good reason.

Stats and info courtesy of IndianapolisMotorSpeedway.com unless otherwise specified.

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