Indy 500

Here’s what you need to know about the 2018 Indianapolis 500, key moments in race history, Indianapolis Motor Speedway traditions and this year’s drivers.

When is the Indy 500?

The 102nd Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for 12:19 p.m. on Sunday, May 27. It will be televised on ABC, though in the Indianapolis area the broadcast is delayed until the evening. Many fans like listening to the race in the IMS Radio Network.

Schedule: What’s going on at IMS in May

What if I want to attend the race?

General admission tickets for race day are $35 and reserved seats range from $55-$125. There is action on the track throughout May, with the IndyCar Grand Prix, Indy 500 practice and qualifying, and Carb Day. Ticket information

More: How to get tickets to the 2018 Indy 500

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Why 500? Why 33?

The race is 500 miles, 200 laps around the 2 1/2-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval. The race is official after 101 laps, in case weather stops the race before the scheduled distance. The 33-driver lineup has been a custom since 1934, though there were only 30 starters in 1947, and there were 35 starters in 1979 and ’97.

33 cars: This is the starting lineup for the Indy 500

Who has won Indy 500 the most times?

A.J. Foyt (1961, ’64, ’67, ’77), Al Unser (1970, ’71, ’78, ’87) and Rick Mears (1979, ’84, ’88, ’91) have won the race four times. Among active drivers, Helio Castroneves has won three times (2001, ’02, ’09).