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Indy 500 live stream: how to watch the 2021 Indianapolis 500 race, start time, line-up

Indy 500 live stream: how to watch the 2021 IndyCar race, start time, line-up
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The 105th Indy 500 date is set and the race is almost underway, live from the world famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The biggest oval showdown of the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series will see 135,000 fans (in face masks, of course) cheer on defending Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato and pole-sitter Scott Dixon as they compete for the Borg-Warner Trophy and a bottle of ice-cold milk. 

Ready to lay down some rubber at the Brickyard? The epic, 200-lap Indy 500 race live stream starts at 5.45pm BST (12.45pm ET). The weather in Indianapolis is 22°C and dry. Make sure you know how to watch an Indy 500 live stream wherever you are in the world.

Indy 500 live stream

Start time: 5.45pm BST / 12.45am ET / 2.45am AEST 

Track: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indiana

US streams: NBC Sports | FuboTV (free trial)

Watch anywhere: Try ExpressVPN risk-free today

UK stream: Sky Sports F1 | Now

AUS stream:  KayoSports

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This year's 500-mile extravaganza will take about 3 hours to complete, depending on pitstops, crashes and safety cars. The 33-car field will be led away by six-time IndyCar champ – and the greatest driver of his generation – Scott Dixon. The Iceman secured pole last weekend by just 0.03 seconds in a thrilling Fast Nine. 

"It was pretty hairy, glad it’s over. It was definitely pretty tense," Dixon told Fox News. "I could see the mechanics working on the car as we rolled through, adjusting the wings. I asked them not to tell me. It’s definitely a roller coaster of emotions for everybody and I’m actually really relieved that that’s all over."   

Colton Herta captured second place. The 21-year-old Andretti Autosport driver put in a monster lap to bump 20-year-old Dutchman Rinus VeeKay into third place. The aptly-named Will Power smacked the wall on the final lap but will still make the race. Simona de Silvestro will get her first start since 2015 (last year's race lacked a female driver for the first time in 20 years).

Anything can happen in IndyCar, but with Dixon set for his sixth front row start in his 19th Indy 500, the No. 9 Dallara-Honda is now odds-on favourite to the take the honours once again.

The 2021 Indy 500 presented by Gainbridge starts at 5.45pm UK time on Sunday. You can even stream the action on your TV and a host of devices including Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, Xbox, PlayStation, iOS and Android devices.

Make sure you know how to watch an Indy 500 live stream from anywhere in the world.

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Indy 500 live stream: how to watch the 2021 IndyCar race, start time, line-up

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Those in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Cyprus and Israel can watch an Indy 500 live stream using DAZN, the subscription-based sports streaming service. The price varies from region to region and there's also a free trial which means you could watch the Indy 500 for free!

Those in the Czech Republic will be able to sign up for €9.99 per month to watch the Indy 500 live stream. There's no lock-in contract, so you can cancel anytime.

Going to be outside the CR this weekend? Simply use a VPN to access your chosen Indy 500 live stream without being blocked. Try ExpressVPN risk-free with a 30-day money-back guarantee.

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The DAZN app is available on Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Sticks, as well as selected smart TVs including Android TV, LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony and Philips.

If you have a games console, look for the DAZN app on Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. You can also download the DAZN app for Android and iOS mobile devices.

Watch an Indy 500 live stream using a VPN

Even if you have subscribed to the relevant Indy 500 rights holders, you won't be able to access them when outside your own country. The service will know your location based on your IP address, and will automatically block your access.

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) helps you get around this obstacle. A VPN creates a private connection between your device and the internet, such that the servers and services you’re accessing aren’t aware of what you’re doing. All the information passing back and forth is entirely encrypted.

There are many VPN providers out there, with some more reliable and safe than others. As a rule, we’d suggest a paid-for service such as ExpressVPN which offers a 100 per cent risk-free money back guarantee. If you're not happy with the service any time within the first 30-days, then you can cancel with no penalties at all.

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How to watch the Indy 500 in the USA

Indy 500 live stream: how to watch the 2021 IndyCar race, start time, line-up

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The Indy 500 race will air on NBC. Pre-race coverage starts at 9am ET on NBCSN, moving to NBC at 11am and finishing at 4pm. It also will be available to stream via the NBC Sports App and NBCSports.com.

Not got cable? US fans also have to option to watch the Indy 500 via FuboTV, a streaming service that carries NBC and offers a free 7-day trial.

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FuboTV supports Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, iPhone, iPad and Android phones/tablets. You can also use FuboTV to watch the Indy 500 on your TV using Google Chromecast or Apple Airplay.

After the FuboTV trial ends, you'll be bumped onto the $65 a month plan, which includes access to a host of premium TV channels. There's no lock-in contract, so you can cancel at any time – and before the free trial ends, if you so wish.

Can I watch the Indy 500 in 4K?

FuboTV is a great way to watch the the occasional sporting event in 4K Ultra HD, but, sadly, not the 2021 Indy 500.

How to watch the Indy 500 in the UK

Indy 500 live stream: how to watch the 2021 IndyCar race, start time, line-up

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Sky has the rights to show the Indy 500 in the UK. You can watch live on Sky Sports F1, or via the SkyGo app. The build-up starts at 3.45pm with the race set to get underway at 5.45pm.

Not a Sky subscriber? Anyone can enjoy the Indy 500 using Sky's pay-per-view platform, Now. Now is available on all good smart TVs and set-top-boxes. A one-day pass costs from £9.99  gets you live coverage of F1, football, golf and more.

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A day pass for sports on Now can cost as little as £9.99, with a monthly pass coming in at £33.99 for those wanting to see the Indy 500 plus a few F1 grand prix, as well as football, golf and tennis.

How to watch the Indy 500 in Australia

Indy 500 live stream: how to watch the 2021 IndyCar race, start time, line-up

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Fox Sports has the rights to screen the 2021 IndyCar Series down under. Aussies seeking an Indy 500 live stream should click onto Kayo Sports.

The streaming platform's premium package costs AU$35 per month but you can grab a free 14-day trial here.

Indy 500 schedule

5am ET – Garage opens

6am ET – Gates open

6.30am ET – Tech inspection

8.15am ET – Cars pushed to pit lane

10.30am ET – Cars on the starting grid

11:47am ET – Driver introductions

12.38pm ET– Command to start engines

12.45pm ET – Green flag for the 105th Indy 500

Why does the Indy 500 winner drink milk?

The tradition dates to 1936, when Louis Meyer won his third Indy 500. It's said that Meyer used to drink buttermilk to refresh himself on hot days, and when a photographer snapped a picture of  him guzzling from a glass bottle in Victory Lane, the picture appeared in several newspapers.

It wasn't long before a canny marketing executive representing the Milk Federation realised that 'winners drink milk' was a great way to sell the the beverage to the American public. Ever since, aside from a short hiatus between 1946-55, the winner of the Indy 500 has been presented with a bottle of ice-cold milk (actually it was a whole churn last year). 

There was uproar in 1993 when contrary Brazilian driver Emerson Fittipaldi mugged off the milk in favour of a bottle of orange juice. Some sections of the audience booed but Fittipaldi had the last laugh – he was later revealed as the owner of a 500,000-acre orange grove in Brazil. Fittipaldi has since issued an apology for the faux pas.

Indy 500 starting line-up

ROW 1

1. (9) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Honda, 231.685 mph
2. (26) Colton Herta, Dallara-Honda, 231.655
3. (21) Rinus VeeKay, Dallara-Chevy, 231.511

ROW 2

4. (20) Ed Carpenter, Dallara-Chevy, 231.504
5. (48) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Honda, 231.032)
6. (10) Alex Palou, Dallara-Honda, 230.616

ROW 3

7. (28) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Honda, 230.499
8. (06) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Honda, 230.355
9. (8) Marcus Ericsson, Dallara-Honda, 230.318

ROW 4

10. (27) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 231.046
11. (18) Ed Jones, Honda, 231.044
12. (5) Pato O’Ward, Chevrolet, 230.864

ROW 5

13. (51) Pietro Fittipaldi, Honda, 230.846
14. (7) Felix Rosenqvist, Chevrolet, 230.744
15. (30) Takuma Sato, Honda, 230.708

ROW 6

16. (29) James Hinchcliffe, Honda, 230.563
17. (3) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 230.557
18. (15) Graham Rahal, Honda, 230.521

ROW 7

19. (47) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 230.427
20. (60) Jack Harvey, Honda, 230.191
21. (2) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 230.071

ROW 8

22. (1) JR Hildebrand, Chevrolet, 229.980
23. (45) Santino Ferrucci, Honda, 229.949
24. (86) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 229.891

ROW 9

25. (98) Marco Andretti, Honda, 229.872
26. (22) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 229.778
27. (14) Sebastien Bourdais, Chevrolet, 229.744

ROW 10

28. (25) Stefan Wilson, Honda, 229.714
29. (59) Max Chilton, Chevrolet, 229.417
30. (4) Dalton Kellett, Chevrolet, 228.323

ROW 11

31. (24) Sage Karam, Chevrolet, 229.156
32. (12) Will Power, Chevrolet, 228.876
33. (16) Simona De Silvestro, Chevrolet, 228.353