Indy 500: What to know, how to watch the race in 2022

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Indy 500: What to know, how to watch the race in 2022

How to watch Indy 500 2022: Lineup, history, odds originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

It’s time for the greatest spectacle in racing.

The 106th running of the Indianapolis 500 has arrived. It’s part of a packed Sunday slate for motorsports that begins with Formula One in Monaco and ends with NASCAR in Charlotte. Sandwiched in between those two historic races is the most legendary of them all: the Indy 500.

Thirty-three drivers will compete for glory at the famed Brickyard, which has hosted this race since 1911 – with the only missed years due to World War I and II.

Here’s everything you need to know about the 2022 Indianapolis 500:

2022 Indy 500 entry list

There’s a full field of 33 drivers competing in the 2022 Indianapolis 500. Here’s the entry list:

NTT IndyCar Series

Here's a look at the drivers competing in the 2022 Indy 500.

Indy 500 qualifying results, starting lineup

Qualifying for the 2022 Indy 500 took place last Sunday, May 22, and a familiar face topped the speed charts. Scott Dixon, a six-time IndyCar champion, won his fifth Indy 500 pole with a record-breaking time trial.

Here’s the full starting lineup, along with four-lap average qualifying speeds:

  1. Scott Dixon, 234.046 mph

  2. Alex Palou, 233.499 mph

  3. Rinus VeeKay, 233.385 mph

  4. Ed Carpenter, 233.080 mph

  5. Marcus Ericsson, 232.764 mph

  6. Tony Kanaan, 232.372 mph

  7. Pato O’Ward, 232.705 mph

  8. Felix Rosenqvist, 232.182 mph

  9. Romain Grosjean, 231.999 mph

  10. Takuma Sato, 231.670 mph

  11. Will Power, 231.534 mph

  12. Jimmie Johnson, 231.264 mph

  13. David Malukas, 231.607 mph

  14. Josef Newgarden, 231.580 mph

  15. Santino Ferrucci, 231.508 mph

  16. Simon Pagenaud, 231.275 mph

  17. J.R. Hildebrand, 231.112 mph

  18. Conor Daly, 230.999 mph

  19. Callum Ilott, 230.961 mph

  20. Alexander Rossi, 230.812 mph

  21. Graham Rahal, 230.766 mph

  22. Sage Karam, 230.464 mph

  23. Marco Andretto, 230.345 mph

  24. Devlin DeFrancesco, 230.326 mph

  25. Colton Herta, 230.235 mph

  26. Scott McLaughlin, 230.154 mph

  27. Helio Castroneves, 229.630 mph

  28. Kyle Kirkwood, 229.406 mph

  29. Dalton Kellett, 228.916 mph

  30. Juan Pablo Montoya, 228.622 mph

  31. Christian Lundgaard, 227.053 mph

  32. Jack Harvey, 226.851 mph

  33. Stefan Wilson, no laps run

When is the Indy 500 in 2022?

The Indianapolis 500 begins at 12:45 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 29.

Indy 500 TV schedule 2022

NBC has full coverage of the Indianapolis 500 this weekend.

IndyCar Series Pre Race goes live on NBC at 11 a.m. ET on Sunday, with host Mike Tirico bringing full coverage. Former IndyCar winner Danica Patrick and NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be on-site to provide pre-race analysis.

Race coverage begins on NBC at 12:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, with the green flag being waved at 12:45 p.m. ET. Leigh Diffey (play-by-play), James Hinchcliffe (analysis) and Townsend Bell (analysis) will provide lap-by-lap commentary.

All coverage before, during and after the race can be streamed online here and in the NBC Sports app.

Who has the most Indy 500 wins?

Four drivers have won the Indianapolis 500 four times: A.J. Foyt, Al Unser, Rick Mears and Castroneves. Castroneves, who is the defending race winner, also won in 2001, 2002 and 2009 as he looks to become the first driver to win consecutive races since he did it 20 years ago. The 47-year-old Castroneves will try to become the first five-time Indy 500 winner on Sunday.

Six drivers have three Indy 500 wins, while 10 drivers have won the event twice. Montoya (2000, 2015) and Sato (2017, 2020) are the only other drivers racing in 2022 with multiple Indy 500 victories.

The other active Indy 500 winners include Dixon (2008), Kanaan (2013), Rossi (2016), Power (2018) and Pagenaud (2019).

Indy 500 predictions, odds, favorites

Success at Indianapolis often comes with experience. Getting around the 2.5-mile oval is tricky, and it requires precise driving in the corners and excellent use of the draft.

O’Ward (5.0 in two starts) and Ferrucci (5.7 in three starts) lead all active drivers in average finishing position at Indy, albeit in limited action. Castroneves (8.4 in 21 starts), Montoya (9.2 in six starts) and Dixon (10.6 in 19 starts) are some of the best to get around Indy.

One wild card to watch is Jimmie Johnson, who will make his Indy 500 debut on Sunday. A seven-time NASCAR champion, Johnson transitioned to IndyCar after retiring from NASCAR in 2020. He knows the track well, winning there four times driving stock cars, so he could be a contender despite his lack of open-wheel experience.

Last year, Castroneves won his fourth Indy 500 after leading 20 laps and holding off Palou and Sato in the closing laps.

Here are some of the favorites to win at Indianapolis, courtesy of our partner, PointsBet:

  • Scott Dixon, +500

  • Alex Palou, +600

  • Pato O’Ward, +850

  • Josef Newgarden, +1000

  • Rinus VeeKay, +1000

  • Will Power, +1200

  • Marcus Ericsson, +1200

  • Takuma Sato, +1300

  • Scott McLaughlin, +1300

  • Colton Herta, +1300

  • Jimmie Johnson, +1400

  • Tony Kanaan, +1600

  • Ed Carpenter, +1600

  • Alexander Rossi, +1800

  • Simon Pagenaud, +2000

  • Helio Castroneves, +2000

  • Marco Andretti, +4000

  • Juan Pablo Montoya, +4000

  • Santino Ferrucci, +6000

Editor's note: All odds are provided by our partner, PointsBet. PointsBet is our Official Sports Betting Partner and we may receive compensation if you place a bet on PointsBet for the first time after clicking our links.