The 2018 Indy 500 is a Verizon IndyCar Series event that is scheduled for Sunday, May 27, 2018, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana. The event is scheduled for 500 milesThe 2018 Indy 500 will be televised live on ABC as the final race of a multi-year contract between Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the network.
2018 Indy 500 Information
Date: Sunday, May 27
Start Time: 12:19 p.m. ET (TV Coverage starts at 11 a.m. ET)
Live Stream: ESPN App or Watch ESPN
Indy 500 radio information
More than 400 affiliate IMS Radio Network radio stations located throughout the U.S. and Canada will broadcast live Indy 500 coverage beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday with a pre-race show, followed by the race broadcast at 12 p.m.
Indianapolis 500 coverage also will be broadcast live on XM Satellite Radio channel 209 and SIRIUS channel 214. All IndyCar races can be listened to online at IndyCar Radio.
2018 Indy 500 starting grid
Row 1: Ed Carpenter, Simon Pagenaud, Will Power
Row 2: Josef Newgarden, Sebastien Bourdais, Spencer Pigot
Row 3: Danica Patrick, Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon
Row 4: Tony Kanaan, Matheus Leist, Marco Andretti
Row 5: Zach Claman De Melo, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Charlie Kimball
Row 6: Takuma Sato, Kyle Kaiser, Robert Wickens
Row 7: James Davison, Max Chilton, Carlos Munoz
Row 8: Gabby Chaves, Stefan Wilson, Sage Karam
Row 9: Zach Veach, Oriol Servia, JR Hildebrand
Row 10: Jay Howard, Ed Jones, Graham Rahal
Row 11: Jack Harvey, Alexander Rossi, Conor Daly
Kanaan Sets Tone for Sunday with Impressive Carb Day
One of the most experienced drivers in the field stole the spotlight during the final practice session before Sunday’s race.
Tony Kanaan, who won the Indy 500 in 2013, produced the fastest lap on Carb Day with a run around the track at 227.791 miles per hour.
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The 43-year-old Brazilian spoke from experience after practice as to where teams have to be less than 48 hours ahead of the race, per Scott Horner of the Indianapolis Star.
“This is the closest we are going to get as far as [race day] weather,” Kanaan said. “If you haven’t figured out by today, you’re cooked. This day is always really easy.”
Kanaan’s top speed was more than two miles per hour faster than the second-best car, piloted by Scott Dixon. But it’s important not to read too much into Friday’s times.
In addition to winning in 2013, Kanaan finished in the top 10 on four more occasions since 2010. He will be in the mix for the checkered flag once again.
Rossi’s Struggles Continue
While it’s best not to take too much away from Friday’s practice, there is some concern Alexander Rossi might not rebound from starting in 32nd.
The 2016 Indy 500 champion produced the second-worst practice speedFriday, as he only bested Conor Daly, who begins the race behind him in 33rd.
Rossi recorded a speed of 221.374 miles per hour on his fastest lap, which is more than six miles per hour worse than Kanaan’s session-leading speed.
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Although nothing has gone in Rossi’s favor in the buildup to the race, he is still the favorite to win at +800, per OddsShark.
While there is plenty of reason to be concerned about Rossi’s position near the bottom of the speed chart, he’s one of the top in-form drivers in the field. He could easily shake off the struggles and surge to the front of the field.
Rossi enters the Indy 500 with a win and three other top-five performances in the IndyCar series this season.
If he follows up his string of consistent performances on the IndyCar circuit with a nice race Sunday, all of Rossi’s struggles will be forgotten.