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2022 Indianapolis 500: How to watch, start time, TV schedule, stream for the 106th running of the Indy 500
Scott Dixon will lead the field of 33 when the green flag waves at the Brickyard

To say that Scott Dixon has put 32 problems behind him is one way to look at starting from the pole position for the Indianapolis 500. It’s a nice position to be in as it means you start in command of the race and clean air in front of you, if you can hold off the other two cars starting on the front row with you.

However, the Indy 500 is not just about pure speed. It’s an endurance race, with ever-changing strategies and conditions, that tests the drivers and their teams at every chance it can. It is a race where a mistake can be made and you can still somehow end up in Victory Lane, or never recover from and wonder what could have been.

In the previous 105 events held, only 21 times has the driver who started first also finished first, including Dixon in 2008, his only Indy 500 victory. The last driver to do it was Simon Pagenaud in 2019.

How to watch the 106th Indianapolis 500

  • Date: May 29
  • Location: Indianapolis Motor Speedway — Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Time: 12 p.m. ET
  • TV: NBC
  • Stream: fuboTV (try for free)

Who to watch for

The obvious driver to favor is Dixon. Not only has he won from the pole, his teammates at Chip Ganassi Racing have all proven to be consistently fast throughout the run up to the Indy 500. Alex Palou, defending series champion, will start next to Dixon in second, Marcus Ericsson starts fifth, 2013 winner Tony Kanaan sixth and Jimmie Johnson is on the fourth row on the grid in 12th.

Johnson could be the surprise here. He has been quick since his car rolled off the transporter, and was third fastest on the Monday following qualifying, when the teams moved the cars from qualifying trim to race setup. It is also interesting to note that Palou set the quickest pace followed by Dixon, giving Ganassi Racing the top three spots. Johnson had his best finish in the series at the Texas oval back in March, running sixth.

The sentimental favorite is Helio Castroneves, who is the defending champion and is going for a record-breaking fifth win at the Brickyard. He has the guile to get it done, but is starting from deep in the field in the 27th spot. While luck is a factor in every winner of the Indy 500, it may be that Castroneves would simply need too much of it for the race to fall into his lap.

That being said, the driver starting 26th — Team Penske’s Scott McLaughlin — has certainly proven himself to be racy on ovals this season, too, so who knows? As for Colton Herta, who would have been starting on the same row, from the 25th spot, a hard crash on Friday’s Carb Day has set back his fortunes, and his starting position. And while anything can happen over the course of 500 miles at the Brickyard, Herta’s hill to climb just got a little steeper. 

Ed Carpenter Racing is always quick at their hometown track, and with Rinus VeeKay starting third and Carpenter himself fourth they are right in the mix as the highest-qualifying Chevrolet-powered team. GM’s bowtie division was thought to have a power advantage heading into the 500, but Honda seems to have found a little something extra for the month of May. Still, don’t discount Ed Carpenter Racing, or for that matter the McLaren Arrow SP cars driven by Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist. A McLaren hasn’t ended up in the winner’s circle at Indy since 1976 but both of those drivers can change that.

It has been a rough season so far for powerhouse Andretti Autosport, but Romain Grosjean has been a bright spot in his first experience at the Brickyard. The Frenchman, who has raised an eyebrow or two with his rough driving style, rolls off ninth and will have two-time winner Takuma Sato (who has tussled with Grosjean this season) and 2018 race winner Will Power in the row with him.

Grosjean’s teammate, 2016 winner Alexander Rossi, and Power’s Team Penske stablemate Josef Newgarden  — who has 22 wins and two season championships in eight seasons but has come up short at the 500 — are two more drivers more than capable enough to capture this race.

There are 33 storylines at the Indianapolis 500. Only one finishes with a big bottle of milk and happily ever after at the end.

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Indy 500 purse, payout breakdown: How much prize money does the winner get in 2022?

COVID-19’s influence still looms large over the racing world, and the 2022 Indy 500 is no exception.

The 2020 edition was supposed to be the biggest overall purse in the race’s storied history before it was slashed in half without fans being able to attend the event. In 2021, the purse was moderately higher, announced as about $8.85 million. This year it should increase again, but not as substantially as some might like.

The Indy 500, for all of its glamour, is hardly the most lucrative race in the world. Fans being back in the stands will help, but it’s still looking like the purse will increase incrementally to about $10 million this year.

The purse is not actually announced until after the race, so there’s no way to be certain, but these are estimates based on past growth and expectations.

MORE: Who will win the Indy 500 in 2022? Odds, expert picks & betting favorites for race at Indianapolis

How much prize money does the Indy 500 winner get in 2022?

Prize money: $2 million (est.)

The calculus for the Indy 500 purse payout is complicated. A number of factors go into how the prize is divvied up, including the pole winner, laps led, and certain sponsorships. Helio Castroneves won $1.8 million last year, and the number figures to be higher, but not as drastically as the $500,000 difference from Takuma Sato’s 2020 win. 

The number likely won’t reach the $2.4 million magic number it was at for 12 years, but the increased ticket sales this year are a positive sign for the eventual winner.

What is the Indy 500 purse for 2022?

Indy 500 purse: $10 million (est.)

The purse for the 2022 Indy 500 hasn’t been released publicly yet, but it likely figures to be somewhere between the $8.85 million pot in 2021 and the $13 million purse in 2019. 

The grandstands have nearly sold out, and ticket sales reportedly are the best since 2016. Barring a surge in sales, however, a blackout on local networks is expected, which would also effect the purse.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Roger Penske had shown interest in making the 2020 pot the largest in the history of the race before the pandemic forced it to be reduced. With people once again paying to be in seats, he should have the chance to continue to increase the purse. It is still battling back, but it should be more than the $8.85 million haul last year.

Indy 500 payout breakdown 2021

The payout for winners of the Indy 500 takes into account several factors beyond simply the placement of the drivers, but each one will be coming home with at least six figures, if recent history is any indication. Scott Dixon, who took the pole position, will also get a hefty payout.

The payout structure takes into account sponsors on certain drivers as well as race-day variables such as laps led and fastest laps. Two years ago, for example, Marco Andretti, who finished 13th, earned more than all but the top four finishers in the race. 

Below are the results from last year’s Indy 500, which was still hindered by the COVID-19 pandemic and allowed 40 percent capacity at IMS.

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Indy 500 ticket prices: How much do seats cost for 2022 Indianapolis 500?

The roar of engines and dulcet tones of “Back Home Again in Indiana” makes for a perfect backdrop for Sunday’s Indy 500, one of the three jewels of motorsport.

Held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the 500-mile journey is a spectacle like no other. There are fighter jets. There’s a “snakepit.” There’s milk!

Helio Castroneves kissed the bricks in 2021, notching a late-race pass to outpace Álex Palou. It was his fourth time winning the race, matching the efforts of racing legends A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears. Now, Castrovenes has a chance to slot his fifth victory on the iconic track. It could cement his status as perhaps the finest IndyCar driver ever.

Compared to other sporting events that have worldwide acclaim, ticket prices at the Indy 500 aren’t too unreasonable.

For those who are seeking more affordable tickets, spots in general admission may be ideal. Those with deeper pockets may opt for the collection of suites and penthouses littered across the concourse.

Here’s everything you need to know about Indy 500 ticket prices ahead of Sunday’s race:

MORE: Buy tickets to the Indy 500 at TicketSmarter

Prices as of Thursday, May 26. Prices are on a per-ticket basis and only for Sunday’s race day.

TicketSmarter

  • Low: $50 (Infield general admission)
  • High: $696 (Penthouse)

Ticketmaster

  • Low: $52 (Lawn general admission)
  • High: $698 (Penthouse)

StubHub

  • Low: $50 (General admission)
  • High: $2,363 (Tower suite)

Vivid Seats

  • Low: $46 (General admission)
  • High: $2,050 (Tower suite)

GameTime

  • $128 (G Stand)

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Who will win the Indy 500 in 2022? Odds, expert picks & betting favorites for race at Indianapolis

Can Helio Castroneves make history at the 2022 Indy 500? He is seeking to become the lone driver in history to win the race five times. He took home a surprising victory in 2021 and will look to repeat that success in 2022.

That won’t prove easy. Castroneves is starting the race in 27th place out of 33 drivers and will face a stacked field full of former winners of the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” That includes Scott Dixon, who had the fastest car not only at qualifying this year but at any point in the history of the race.

Because of the unpredictable nature of racing, there are plenty of mid-tier value picks and sleepers that bettors can trust in the 2022 Indy 500. There are also a couple of favorites that look poised to serve as safe, reliable top-five finishers in the event.

Which drivers are the best bet for the 2022 Indianapolis 500? The Sporting News has the latest Vegas odds breakdown as well as three picks who could take the checkered flag at the end of Sunday’s race.

MORE: Full qualifying results for the 2022 Indy 500

Indy 500 odds to win 2022 race

For the third consecutive year, Scott Dixon (+550) opens as the favorite to win the Indy 500. Dixon finished first in qualifying and will be the pole-sitter for the race after he clocked an average lap speed of 234.046 mph during the race. That was 0.5 mph faster than his teammate, Alex Palou (+600).

Speaking of Palou, he is the favored to be the runner-up in the event while Pato O’Ward (+900) is the only other driver with better than 10-1 odds to win the race. Last year’s winner Helio Castroneves (+2800) ranks middle of the pack despite his four previous victories in the Indy 500.

Another notable name within the field, Jimmie Johnson (+1600), is tied for the eighth-shortest odds to win the race. Johnson, a seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, is in his first season as a full-time Indy car driver with Chip Ganassi Racing.

This will be Johnson’s first time running the Indy 500 and just his second-time running a race on an oval track in the Indycar series. He ran his first oval course at the Texas Grand Prix in March and finished sixth, easily his best Indycar series finish. He will look to repeat that success in Indianapolis.

Indy 500 expert picks

Below are three drivers that are good to bet on as winners or top-five finishers at the Indy 500 in 2022.

Scott Dixon (+550)

It may be a bit square to pick a favorite who happens to be the pole-sitter for this race, but Dixon is a safe bet to contend for the Indy 500 title. His car is in excellent shape, as he made the fastest pole run in Indy 500 history by driving it 234.046 mph during qualifying.

Beyond that, Dixon has a lot of experience at the Indy 500. This will mark the 20th time he has participated in the race and he has finished in the top 10 on 11 occasions. In his four previous races from the pole, his results have been mixed, but he earned his lone Indy 500 race from the pole and finished fourth on another occasion. So, if he has a clean run, he should be among the leaders during the race.

Dixon has run five races this season and has finished top 10 in all of them. He has yet to win or finish above fifth, but he’s one of the best and most consistent drivers in the field. It’s hard to recommend going against him at a track where he has so much experience. 

Will Power (+1400)

Power qualified in just 11th place for the Indy 500. That will mark his second-worst starting position of the year, but it shouldn’t matter for the New Zealander. He has been the most consistent driver in the IndyCar series this year and currently sits atop the standings for the sport.

Power has finished third or fourth in each of his five races this year. He has generally started in the top seven — with one pole to his name — but even in the one race that he started from the 19th slot, he worked his way up to fourth place. He could do something similar at the Indy 500.

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Indy 500 on NBC: How to watch, start times, live stream, schedule for race’s 106th running

The 2022 start times for the 106th Indy 500 are here — and with the Greatest Spectacle in Racing returning in full force for the first time in years.

The 106th Indianapolis 500 will be held Sunday, May 29 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and will be broadcast live on NBC starting at 11 a.m. ET (green flag is 12:45 p.m. ET).

A near-capacity crowd (and possibly the first sellout since the race’s 100th running in 2016) of more than 300,000 will be in attendance at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which has 233,000 grandstand seats.

INDY 500 PRIMER: Important details and facts for watching on NBC

STARTING LINEUP: Where the 33 drivers will take the green flag

The grandstand crowd was limited to 135,000 last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which precluded any fans from attending the 2020 race (which was held in late August for the first and hopefully only time ever).

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The 2022 start times for the 106th Indy 500 are here — and with the Greatest Spectacle in Racing returning in full force for the first time in years.

The 106th Indianapolis 500 will be held Sunday, May 29 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and will be broadcast live on NBC starting at 11 a.m. ET (green flag is 12:45 p.m. ET).

A near-capacity crowd (and possibly the first sellout since the race’s 100th running in 2016) of more than 300,000 will be in attendance at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which has 233,000 grandstand seats.

INDY 500 PRIMER: Important details and facts for watching on NBC

STARTING LINEUP: Where the 33 drivers will take the green flag

The grandstand crowd was limited to 135,000 last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which precluded any fans from attending the 2020 race (which was held in late August for the first and hopefully only time ever).

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Carb Day final practice is Friday, May 27 at 11 a.m. ET on Peacock Premium. The annual Ruoff Mortgage Pit Stop Challenge (held for the first time since 2019) is May 27 at 2:30 p.m. ET and also on Peacock Premium.

Here are the details and start times for the 106th Indy 500 (all times are ET)

TV info, Indy 500 start times, schedule

5 a.m.: Garage opens

6 a.m.: Gates open

7 a.m.: Tech inspection

9 a.m.: Cars pushed to pit lane

10:30 a.m.: Cars on the starting grid

11:47 a.m.: Driver introductions

12:38 p.m.: Command to start engines

12:45 p.m.: Green flag for the 106th Indy 500

How can I watch the Indy 500 on TV?

The 106th Indy 500 is on NBC, Peacock and Universo (subject to local blackout restrictions). Prerace coverage is at 11 a.m., and the broadcast runs through 4 p.m. A postrace show is on Peacock Premium.

The race also is streamed via the NBC Sports App and NBCSports.com.

DISTANCE: The race is 200 laps (500 miles) around Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 2.5-mile oval.

FORECAST: According to Wunderground.com, it’s expected to be 80 degrees with a 0% chance of rain at the green flag.

DEFENDING RACE WINNER: Helio Castroneves

QUALIFYING: The 33-car field was set May 21-22. Scott Dixon won the Indy 500 pole position for the second consecutive year and the fifth time in his career.

Click here for the starting lineup in the 106th Indy 500.