Indy 500 race day schedule 

Indianapolis 500 will start on Sunday, May 29 below are the race day schedule

6 a.m.- Gates open

7 a.m.- Snake Pit gates open

8:15 a.m.- Snake Pit concert, featuring Martin Garrix, Deadmau5, Steve Aoki, Galantis and Yellow Claw

9 a.m.- Cars to pit lane

9-10 a.m.- Borg-Warner Trophy march to the bricks

10:30 a.m.- Cars to grid on front stretch

11:47 a.m.- Driver introductions

12:18 p.m.- Invocation and national anthem sung by Jordan Fisher, Indy 500 2022 Comparing F1, IndyCar, NASCAR cars, races

12:35 p.m.-Back Home Again in Indiana

12:45 p.m.- Green flag for Indianapolis 500.

What is Indianapolis 500?

The Indianapolis 500 is also known as the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race or Indy 500 and this is  an annual motorcar race held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) in speedway, Indiana, United States, a suburban enclave of Indianapolis, Indiana.

When was the first Indianapolis 500 race held?

The first Indianapolis 500 race was held on May 30, 1911. This automobile race held annually from 1911, except for the war years 1917-18 and 1942-45.

Who won the first Indianapolis 500?

Ray Harroun was the first winner for Indianapolis 500 In 1911. He was the American race car driver. He was born on January 12, 1879 in Spartansburg, Pennsylvania. He was inducted in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame in 1952 and the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2000. He was died on January 19, 1968.    

Ray Harroun won the Indianapolis 500  in about 6 hours 42 minutes with an average speed of 74.6 miles per hour .since its first running in 1911 , the Ray Harroun received winnings of $14,250.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway was built in 1909 as a testing facility for the local automotive industry.

The track was paved with bricks that are why speed way is often called “Brickyard”.

2022 Indianapolis 500
2022 Indianapolis 500

How many miles and laps is the Indianapolis 500?

The race involves 2.5 mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval circuit layout. The driver covers the distance by doing 200 counter clockwise laps.

The race starts with the field of 33 cars aligned in a grid of eleven rows of three .Racers then complete over a distance of 800km (500 miles) or 200 laps.

What cars are used in Indianapolis 500?

A formula level, single-seat, open cockpit chassis, open wheel, low-slung style car known as the “Indy car” is used. The Indycar series allows manufacturers to develope different types of engines while every team uses the same chassis .Currently Dallara provides a specification  chassis to all teams with  Chevrolet and Honda providing  teams with different engines.


How long does the Indianapolis 500 last?

The Indianapolis 500 usually lasts around three hours, though this can vary depending on how many cautions are needed. The longest race of the last ten years was in 2017,when Takuma Sato won in 3:13:03 while the quickest Indianapolis 500 was in 2014 when Tony Kanaan took victory in 2 hrs 40 min 03 sec.

Indianapolis 500 winners

A chronological list of Indianapolis 500 winners is provided in the table below.

YearWinneraverage speed (mph)
1960Jim Rathmann138.767
1961A.J. Foyt139.131
1962Rodger Ward140.293
1963Parnelli Jones143.137
1964A.J. Foyt147.35
1965Jim Clark (Scot.)150.686
1966Graham Hill (Eng.)144.317
1967A.J. Foyt151.207
1968Bobby Unser152.882
1969Mario Andretti156.867
1970Al Unser155.749
1971Al Unser157.735
1972Mark Donohue162.962
1973Gordon Johncock159.036
1974Johnny Rutherford158.589
1975Bobby Unser149.213
1976Johnny Rutherford148.725
1977A.J. Foyt161.331
1978Al Unser161.363
1979Rick Mears158.899
1980Johnny Rutherford142.862
1981Bobby Unser139.084
1982Gordon Johncock162.029
1983Tom Sneva162.117
1984Rick Mears163.612
1985Danny Sullivan152.982
1986Bobby Rahal170.722
1987Al Unser162.175
1988Rick Mears144.809
1989Emerson Fittipaldi (Braz.)167.581
1990Arie Luyendyk (Neth.)185.984
1991Rick Mears176.457
1992Al Unser, Jr.134.479
1993Emerson Fittipaldi (Braz.)157.207
1994Al Unser, Jr.160.872
1995Jacques Villeneuve (Can.)153.616
1996Buddy Lazier147.956
1997Arie Luyendyk (Neth.)145.827
1998Eddie Cheever, Jr.145.155
1999Kenny Brack (Swed.)153.176
2000Juan Pablo Montoya (Colom.)167.607
2001Helio Castroneves (Braz.)153.601
2002Helio Castroneves (Braz.)166.499
2003Gil de Ferran (Braz.)156.291
2004Buddy Rice138.518
2005Dan Wheldon (Eng.)157.603
2006Sam Hornish, Jr.157.085
2007Dario Franchitti (Scot.)151.744
2008Scott Dixon (N.Z.)143.567
2009Helio Castroneves (Braz.)150.318
2010Dario Franchitti (Scot.)161.623
2011Dan Wheldon (Eng.)170.265
2012Dario Franchitti (Scot.)167.734
2013Tony Kanaan (Braz.)187.433
2014Ryan Hunter-Reay186.563
2015Juan Pablo Montoya (Colom.)161.341
2016Alexander Rossi166.634
2017Sato Takuma (Japan)155.395
2018Will Power (Austl.)166.935
2019Simon Pagenaud (France)175.794
2020Sato Takuma (Japan)157.824
2021Helio Castroneves (Braz.)190.69

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