Get ready for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500

MH17052316_2081IndyCar on track for practice for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor OIl — Photo by: Mike Harding

100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Presented by PennGrade Motor Oil

Track: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a 2.5-mile oval

Race distance: 200 laps / 500 miles

Firestone tire allotment: Thirty six sets for use throughout the month

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MH17052316_2387IndyCar on track for practice for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor OIl — Photo by: Mike Harding

2015 race winner: Juan Pablo Montoya (No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet)

2016 Verizon P1 Award winner: James HInchcliffe (No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda) 2:36.0063, 230.760 mph

NBCSN Carb Day broadcast: Friday, May 27 (11 a.m. ET)

Kevin Lee will anchor NBCSN’s coverage of Indianapolis 500 final practice, the Indy Lights’ Freedom 100 and TAG Heuer Pit Stop Competition. Robin Miller, Paul Tracy and Townsend Bell will serve as analysts with Katie Hargitt, Jon Beekhuis and Marty Snider as pit reporters.

ABC race broadcast: Sunday, May 29 (Noon ET)

Allen Bestwick is the lead announcer for ESPN on ABC broadcasts for the second consecutive year alongside analysts Scott Goodyear and Eddie Cheever Jr. Rick DeBruhl, Dr. Jerry Punch and Jon Beekhuis are the pit reporters.

Radio broadcasts: Mark Jaynes is the chief announcer alongside analyst Davey Hamilton. All Verizon IndyCar Series races are broadcast live on the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network, Sirius 212, XM 209,, and on the INDYCAR Mobile app. Verizon IndyCar Series final practice session is available on, and the INDYCAR Mobile app.

INDYCAR Mobile App: Verizon Wireless puts fans around the world in the driver’s seat with its INDYCAR Mobile app. The app has been enhanced with new features to keep fans in the know of the latest race-day action. Exclusive features of the INDYCAR Mobile app for Verizon Wireless customers will stream live through the app and includes enhanced real-time leaderboard and car telemetry; the ability to follow the race in real time with the interactive 3D track; live in-car camera video streaming for select drivers during Verizon IndyCar Series races; live driver and pit crew radio transmissions during races and live Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network audio streaming during all track activities.

16C_4659-1Ryan Hunter-Reay, Josef Newgarde and James Hinchcliffe along with their teams line up for the annual Front-Row Shoot at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway — Photo by: Chris Owens

At-track schedule (all times local):

Friday, May 27
11 a.m. – Indianapolis 500 final practice
1:30 p.m. – TAG Heuer Indianapolis 500 Pit Stop Competition

Sunday, May 29
11:38 a.m. – Driver Introductions
12:14 p.m. – Command to Start Engines
12:21 p.m. – Indianapolis 500 Mile Race (200 laps/500 miles), ABC (Live at 11 a.m.)

Indy 500 May 22th, 2016 ©2016 Walt Kuhn

Photo by: Walter Kuhn

Race notes:

* The Indianapolis 500 will be the 100th 500-mile Indy car race conducted on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s oval. Ray Harroun won the inaugural race in 1911. Juan Pablo Montoya won the race in 2015 to become a two-time winner of the race.

* There have been three different winners in five Verizon IndyCar Series races in 2016. Simon Pagenaud has won the last three (Long Beach, Barber and Grand Prix of Indianapolis). Juan Pablo Montoya (Streets of St. Petersburg) and Scott Dixon (Phoenix International Raceway) were the other race winners.

2016 Pole Day Indianapolis Motor Speedway May 22, 2016

2016 Pole Day
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
May 22, 2016

James Hinchcliffe and Sam Schmidt on Pole Day for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil — Photo by: Eric McCombs

* James Hinchcliffe stopped a streak of pole winners from Team Penske in 2016 by winning the Verizon P1 Award for the Indianapolis 500. Simon Pagenaud (Barber and Grand Prix of Indianapolis), Helio Castroneves (Phoenix and Long Beach) and Will Power (St. Petersburg) earned Verizon P1 Awards through knockout qualifying.

* Six drivers entered have won at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Helio Castroneves has won the race three times (2001, 2002 and 2009), while teammate Juan Pablo Montoya has won the race twice (2000 and 2015). Buddy Lazier (1996), Scott Dixon (2008), Tony Kanaan (2013) and Ryan Hunter-Reay (2014) are the other former winners entered.

* Kanaan has finished in the top four in three of the last five Indianapolis 500s, including his win in 2013.

* Montoya has each finished in top five in his three previous Indianapolis 500 starts.

* At least five drivers will compete in their first Verizon IndyCar Series race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval: Matt Brabham, Max Chilton, Spencer Pigot, Alexander Rossi and Stefan Wilson. Brabham, Chilton, Pigot and Wilson have raced at IMS in Indy Lights.

* Twenty drivers have won the race from the pole – most recently Castroneves in 2009.

* Team Penske has 16 wins at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, most of any team. Chip Ganassi Racing has won four times. Andretti Autosport has three wins while A.J. Foyt Enterprises has won twice.

* Two drivers have a chance to become the first to win on both the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and the famed 2.5-mile oval: Simon Pagenaud and Will Power have road course wins.

*Pippa Mann is the only female driver in the field. It marks the 17th consecutive Indy 500 that a female has qualified for the race.

* Dixon won at Phoenix earlier this season and is tied for fourth with Al Unser on the all-time Indy car victory list with 39.

* Kanaan seeks to start his 255th consecutive race, which would extend his Indy car-record streak that began in 2001 at Portland. Teammate Dixon has made 196 consecutive starts, which is the third-longest streak in Indy car racing.

* The 2016 season is the second in which aerodynamic bodywork component kits are used. The aero kits, produced by engine manufacturers Chevrolet and Honda for their respective supplied teams, are the latest technical innovation to enhance on-track performance through competitive aerodynamic development. Each manufacturer produces two kits for teams – one for short ovals/road courses/street courses and another for superspeedway ovals – but within each kit, teams have multiple component options available.

* The second season of aero kit competition complements the fifth year of engine manufacturer competition between Chevrolet and Honda with their 2.2-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 engines. It will be another season testing speed and durability to determine the manufacturer champion.

MWY_0485Borg-Warner Trophy at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway — Photo by: Mike Young

MWY_0483— Photo by: Mike Young

VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES 100th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Position Car Driver Hometown Car Name Entrant
1. Car 5 James Hinchcliffe Toronto, Canada Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
2. Car 21 Josef Newgarden Hendersonville, Tenn. Preferred Freezer Chevrolet Ed Carpenter Racing
3. Car 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay Fort Lauderdale, Fla. DHL Honda Andretti Autosport
4. Car 29 Townsend Bell San Luis Obispo, Calif. California Pizza Kitchen/Robert Graham Honda Andretti Autosport
5. Car 26 Carlos Munoz Bogotá, Colombia United Fiber & Data Honda Andretti Autosport
6. Car 12 Will Power Toowoomba, Australia Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet Team Penske
7. Car 7 Mikhail Aleshin Moscow, Russia SMP Racing Schmidt Peterson Honda Schmidt Peterson With Pelfrey Racing
8. Car 22 Simon Pagenaud Montmorillon, France Menards Team Penske Chevrolet Team Penske
9. Car 3 Helio Castroneves Sao Paulo, Brazil Shell V-Power Nitro+ Team Penske Chevrolet Team Penske
10. Car 77 Oriol Servia Pals, Spain Lucas Oil Special Honda Schmidt Peterson with Marotti Racing
11. Car 98 Alexander Rossi (R) Nevada City, Calif. NAPA Auto Parts/Curb Honda Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian
12. Car 14 Takuma Sato Tokyo, Japan ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Honda A.J. Foyt Enterprises
13. Car 9 Scott Dixon Auckland, New Zealand Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Chip Ganassi Racing Teams
14. Car 27 Marco Andretti Nazareth, Pa. Snapple Honda Andretti Autosport
15. Car 6 JR Hildebrand Sausalito, Calif. Preferred Freezer Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet Ed Carpenter Racing
16. Car 42 Charlie Kimball Camarillo, Calif. Tresiba Chevrolet Chip Ganassi Racing Teams
17. Car 2 Juan Pablo Montoya Bogotá, Colombia Verizon Team Penske Team Penske
18. Car 10 Tony Kanaan Salvador, Brazil NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Chip Ganassi Racing Teams
19. Car 11 Sebastien Bourdais Le Mans, France Team Hydroxycut-KVSH Chevrolet KVSH Racing
20. Car 20 Ed Carpenter Indianapolis, Ind. Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet Ed Carpenter Racing
21. Car 19 Gabby Chaves Bogotá, Colombia Boy Scouts of America Honda Dale Coyne Racing
22. Car 8 Max Chilton (R) Reigate, England Gallagher Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Chip Ganassi Racing Teams
23. Car 24 Sage Karam Nazareth, Pa. Gas Monkey Energy Chevrolet Dreyer & Reinbold – Kingdom Racing
24. Car 18 Conor Daly Noblesville, Ind. Shirts for America Honda Dale Coyne Racing
25. Car 63 Pippa Mann Ipswich, England Susan G. Komen Honda Dale Coyne Racing
26. Car 15 Graham Rahal New Albany, Ohio Steak ‘n Shake Honda Rahal Letterman Lanigan w/ Theodore Racing
27. Car 61 Matt Brabham (R) Gold Coast, Australia PIRTEK Team Murray PIRTEK Team Murray
28. Car 88 Bryan Clauson Noblesville, Ind. Cancer Treatment Centers of America Dale Coyne/Jonathan Byrd’s Racing
29. Car 16 Spencer Pigot (R) Orlando, Fla RLL/Mi-Jack/Manitowoc Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
30. Car 25 Stefan Wilson (R) Sheffield, England Driven2SaveLives-KVRT Chevrolet KV Racing Technology
31. Car 41 Jack Hawksworth Bradford, England ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Honda A.J. Foyt Enterprises
32. Car 4 Buddy Lazier Vail, Colo. Lazier/Burns Racing Chevrolet Lazier/Burns Racing
33. Car 35 Alex Tagliani Lechenaie, Canada Alfe Heat Treating Special Honda A.J. Foyt Enterprises No time No speed

Legend: R – Indianapolis 500 Rookie. All cars use fourth-generation Verizon IndyCar Series Dallara chassis (IR-12) with Chevrolet or Honda aerodynamic bodywork and engines and Firestone tires.

MSF52216B-5806James Hinchcliffe, Sam Schmidt and Robert Peterson on Pole Day for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil — Photo by: Mike Finnegan

Graphics & Photos Courtesy of Indycar

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