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Indy 500 2016: Start Time, Lineup, TV Schedule and More

Chris Roling@@Chris_RolingFeatured ColumnistMay 28, 2016

James Hinchcliffe and IndyCar hit the Indy 500 Sunday afternoon.
James Hinchcliffe and IndyCar hit the Indy 500 Sunday afternoon.Michael Conroy/Associated Press

There wasn't a better time for the media blackout around the Indianapolis 500 to get lifted.

For the first time since 1950, the Indy 500 gets a live broadcast in its locale for its 100th edition after selling out. The ABC and SportsCenter family has big plans for the spectacle—as it should given not only the on-track action but the accompanying storylines.

Whether it's James Hinchcliffe's return or major names such as Marco Andretti looking to power through and make a bit of history, the 2016 Indy 500 has a little bit of something for everyone.

With the basics out of the way, here's everything to know about the event.

2016 Indy 500

When: Sunday at noon ET

Where: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

TV: ABC

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Live Stream: WatchESPN

Starting Grid

Pole PositionDriverDriverPole Position
1James HinchcliffeJosef Newgarden2
3Ryan Hunter-ReayTownsend Bell4
5Carlos MunozWill Power6
7Mikhail AleshinSimon Pagenaud8
9Helio CastronevesOriol Servia10
11Alexander RossiTakuma Sato12
13Scott DixonMarco Andretti14
15JR HildebrandCharlie Kimball16
17Juan Pablo MontoyaTony Kanaan18
19Sebastien BourdaisEd Carpenter20
21Gabby ChavesMax Chilton22
23Sage KaramConor Daly24
25Pippa MannGraham Rahal26
27Matt BrabhamBryan Clauson28
29Spencer PigotStefan Wilson30
31Jack HawksworthBuddy Lazier32
33Alex Tagliani
Source: IndyCar.com

Storylines to Watch

The Andretti Drought

Marco Andretti looks to hurdle a familial blockade Sunday.
Marco Andretti looks to hurdle a familial blockade Sunday.Darron Cummings/Associated Press

Andretti wouldn't mind getting the family monkey off his back.

Meaning, of course, he'd like to not come up in stats such as this, as shared by ESPN Stats & Info:

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

The 5 Andrettis to run the #Indy500 (Mario, Michael, John, Marco, Jeff) have combined for 1,130 laps led - but only 1 win (Mario in 1969)

Marco has done his fair share of contributing, having placed second as a rookie in 2006 and finished sixth or better in each of his past three outings.

He enters Sunday sitting 14th and doesn't sound too pleased about the situation.

"We were all over the place setup-wise," he said, according to ESPN.com's John Oreovicz. "I think we have a direction, but we weren't able to confirm it so we need to watch how much we read into Carb Day. Looking forward to getting back out there at the end of the week."

There's no question Andretti has the talent to compete and seizing a checkered flag from farther back on the grid isn't impossible. If he can parlay his strong recent outings at the event to a win, he'll shake one of the sport's bigger storylines away.

James Hinchcliffe's Return

By now, most must be familiar with the storyline around Hinchcliffe.

Hinchcliffe suffered a near-fatal crash last year and is back for a redemption story on the biggest stage possible—even more so than usual with the media blackout lifted.

He got started on the right foot too, winning the pole despite the always-intense qualifying period.

Suffice to say he's an inspiration, with drivers such as Ryan Hunter-Reay quick to praise his journey, as captured by Mike Hembree of USA Today:

Nobody can really describe the position he was put in and the courage he had to not only come out of that and work through it but to get back in the car and push to the absolute limit—to 110 [percent].

You look at the fact that the car failed him and he almost lost his life. There’s a certain area there where I think only drivers can understand it. That was very inspirational to me.

Indeed, Hinchcliffe will be the center of coverage and deservedly so. The fact he's running so well only makes it all the better, especially in an event he's only tallied one top-10 finish in thus far.

It's hard to imagine anyone would complain if Hinchcliffe gets a Disney-esque finish to his incredible journey.

Juan Pablo Montoya vs. Simon Pagenaud

Juan Pablo Montoya would like nothing more than to get back to his usual ways Sunday.
Juan Pablo Montoya would like nothing more than to get back to his usual ways Sunday.Darron Cummings/Associated Press

Wait, these two are teammates? 

It's been an odd season for both, with Simon Pagenaud getting the best of Juan Pablo Montoya so far.

USA Today captured the disparity well:

USA TODAY Sports @usatodaysports

Defending #Indy500 champion @jpmontoya has been overshadowed by teammate @simonpagenaud so far this season. https://t.co/ZMx0HFUK2J

It makes for an interesting storyline, to say the least.

Montoya is arguably the bigger household name, especially after winning the Indy 500 last year and now looking for a historic third win. But it's Pagenaud who has been on an epic tear this year and ranks first after pulling in three successive checkered flags and having yet to finish worse than second over all five races.

So oddly enough, it's Montoya looking to prove himself after falling behind, and he'll have to do so out of the 17th slot. Pagenaud operates from the eighth.

In an ideal world, the two duel one another down the stretch, making for an incredible finish.

Stats and information courtesy of IndianapolisMotorSpeedway.com unless otherwise specified. Odds via Odds Shark.

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