Indy 500 Race: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway gates open at 6 a.m. with the green flag flying at 12:45 p.m. to start the 200-lap race around the famed 2.5-mile oval. About 135,000 fans – roughly 40% of capacity are expected after the 2020 Indy 500 had no fans because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Scott Dixon leads the 33-car starting grid from the pole position. Dixon is one of nine race champions in the field, which features a prominent international contingent and a rare female-owned team.
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Lyn St. James, who qualified for seven Indianapolis 500s from 1992-2000, shared a moment in the pits with Paretta Autosport, the team made up of 70% women, with Simona De Silvestro behind the wheel.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway is welcoming fans back with a personal touch. The @IMS Twitter account is responding to dozens of messages online from the 2021 Indy 500. The account is usually active on race day, but today’s online chatter welcomes fans back in person for one of the biggest sporting events since the pandemic began.
Temperatures in the low 40s and clear skies greeted fans at Indianapolis Motor Speedway when the gates opened at 6 a.m. The forecast calls for sunny skies and temperatures in the low 60s when the green flag is scheduled to fly at 12:45 p.m.
While race weather conditions are incomplete, the 1992 Indy 500 featured cloudy skies, a brisk wind and temperatures that didn’t reach 60 degrees all.