The Indianapolis 500 will celebrate its 100th anniversary Sunday with the 2016 race totally up for grabs.
There is no bona fide favorite heading into the race, which should make for an exciting event. Juan Pablo Montoya took last year's contest, and he will likely figure prominently Sunday, considering he has won it two of the three times he ran, per ESPN Stats & Info.
Here is a look at the race information as well as the viewing schedule.
|2016 Indy 500 Race Time, Television Information|
|Date||Time (ET)||Network||Live Stream|
|Sunday, May 29||Noon||ABC||WatchESPN|
A year removed from a violent practice accident at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, James Hinchcliffe will start in the pole position.
His return is great story, and he has been acclaimed by many, including the Indianapolis Star's Gregg Doyel:
Earning the pole position does not necessarily mean Hinchcliffe is in a superior spot to win, as all four of the previous winners have started outside the top 10, per ESPN Stats & Info.
The last person to win from the pole is another legitimate contender in this year's race, per Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star:
Another driver who could make some noise Sunday is Simon Pagenaud, who has won three straight IndyCar races this season, according to the Associated Press.
USA Today's Brant James feels good about Pagenaud's chances heading into the Indy 500, as the Frenchman looks like the best driver in racing at the moment:
Although many are high on him, Pagenaud is keeping expectations low, per the Associated Press.
"I think the guy that's going to win Sunday is going to become a legend," Pagenaud said. "Hopefully, I'm that guy. Is it my goal to be a legend? No. It's my goal to win the race because I'm racer."
Helio Castroneves, Montoya and last year's runner-up Will Power also in the field, Pagenaud will have plenty of competition to deal with in order to become the next big name in racing.
Castroneves is a proven winner with three Indy 500 titles, and Pagenaud and Hinchcliffe have plenty going for them, but Montoya is still the man to beat.
He is the defending champion and his winning percentage in this race is phenomenal. Until he shows significant signs of slowing down, Montoya's track record is too stout to bet against.