The exhilarating race for pole position and the remaining 14 spots at the 107th Indy 500 will take place on Sunday, with five hours of qualifying coverage broadcasted live from the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Fans can catch all the action on Peacock and NBC as the drivers vie for their positions on the starting grid.
The qualifying session will kick off with the Fast 12 at 2 p.m. ET on Peacock. Six cars will advance from this stage to compete in the Fast Six round, where the ultimate battle for the pole position will unfold.
At 4-6 p.m. ET, the qualifying coverage will switch over to NBC. The Last Chance Qualifying segment will start, featuring four cars vying for the final three spots on the last row. Following that, the pole qualifying session will take place. The TV coverage on Sunday will commence with practice at 11:30 a.m. on Peacock.
This year’s race has attracted a field of 34 cars, ensuring intense competition for coveted spots on the grid. With at least one driver set to miss out on qualifying, the stakes are high at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The race is scheduled for May 28, with NBC and Peacock providing exclusive prerace coverage starting at 9 a.m., followed by the main event at 11 a.m. ET.
The starting grid for the Greatest Spectacle in Racing will boast nine former winners. Among them are Helio Castroneves, a four-time winner (2001, 2002, 2009, ’21), Juan Pablo Montoya and Takuma Sato, both two-time winners, as well as Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Alexander Rossi, Will Power, Simon Pagenaud, and Marcus Ericsson, who emerged victorious in previous editions.
For fans eagerly awaiting the qualifying action, NBC will offer four hours of coverage on Saturday, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. ET, and another two hours on Sunday, from 4-6 p.m. ET. Additionally, Peacock will exclusively stream five hours of qualifying on Saturday, covering the period from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. ET and 4:30-6 p.m. ET. On Sunday, Peacock will stream from 2-3 p.m. ET.
This year’s qualifying speeds are expected to reach new heights, thanks to an additional 100 horsepower generated by turbo boosts introduced during the “Fast Friday” practice. Drivers will be aiming for an average speed of over 230 mph across four laps, totaling 10 miles around the 2.5-mile track. NBC Sports’ Tim Layden has penned an essay highlighting the importance and uniqueness of Indy 500 qualifying, which will air on Saturday.
The pole position and the first four rows of the starting grid will be determined on Sunday during the Top 12 and Fast Six qualifying sessions. A Last Chance Qualifying session will then determine the final three spots on the grid.
Indy 500 qualifying weekend promises thrills and excitement
Leading the broadcast team for this thrilling weekend will be play-by-play announcer Leigh Diffey and analysts Townsend Bell and James Hinchcliffe. Providing pit reports will be Marty Snider, Kevin Lee, Steve Letarte, Dillon Welch, and Dave Burns.
To provide a comprehensive schedule for the qualifying weekend and the Indy 500 race on May 28, here are the key events and their respective platforms and timings (all in ET):
- Friday, May 19: Indy 500 Practice on Peacock from noon-6 p.m.
- Saturday, May 20: Indy 500 Practice on Peacock from 8:30-9:30 a.m.
- Indy 500 Full Field Qualifying on Peacock from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
- Indy 500 Full Field Qualifying on NBC and Peacock from 2:30-4:30 p.m.
- Indy 500 Full Field Qualifying on Peacock from 4:30-5:50 p.m.
- Sunday, May 21: Indy 500 Fast 12 Practice on Peacock from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
- Indy 500 Fast 12 Qualifying on Peacock from 2-3 p.m.
- Indy 500 Qualifying on NBC and Peacock from 4-6 p.m.
- Monday, May 22: Indy 500 Practice on Peacock from 1-3 p.m.
- Friday, May 26: Indy 500 Carb Day Final Practice on Peacock from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
- Pit Stop Competition on Peacock from 2:30-4 p.m.
- Saturday, May 27: Indy 500 Parade on Peacock from noon-2 p.m.
- Sunday, May 28: Indy 500 Pre-Race on Peacock from 9-11 a.m.
- Indy 500 Pre-Race on NBC, Peacock, Universo from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
- 107th Indianapolis 500 on NBC, Peacock, Universo from 12:30-4 p.m.
- Monday, May 29: Indy 500 Victory Celebration on Peacock from 8-11 p.m.
Fans and enthusiasts can mark their calendars and tune in to witness the thrilling qualifying sessions and the highly anticipated Indy 500 race.