The 33-car field of the 104th Indianapolis 500 will be set through the two-day Indy 500 qualifying schedule Aug. 15-16 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The Saturday, Aug. 15 session will determine the nine cars that will compete for the pole position, starting positions 10-30 and also set up the drama of the Last Row Shootout.
On Sunday, Aug. 16, the final three spots will be set between any remaining cars that didn’t qualify in the top 30. The pole position then will be determined in a Fast Nine Shootout (the top nine qualifiers also received NTT IndyCar Series points).
All on-track activity will be on NBC Sports Gold (click here for more information on the IndyCar pass) and the Last Row Shootout and Fast Nine Shootout to determine the pole will be on NBC and available via streaming on the NBC Sports App and NBCSports.com.
Last year, Fernando Alonso was bumped in the Last Row Shootout when Kyle Kaiser made the field on his final qualifying run for Juncos Racing. Simon Pagenaud captured the pole position on the way to winning last year’s Indy 500.
Qualifying speeds at Indianapolis Motor Speedway are determined by a four-lap average around the 2.5-mile track.
Here is the Indy 500 qualifying schedule and how to watch on TV:
Saturday, Aug. 15
5 a.m. – Garage opens
6 a.m. – Tech inspection
8:30-9:30 a.m. – Indianapolis 500 practice (NBC Sports Gold)
11 a.m.-6 p.m. – Indianapolis 500 qualifying (NBC Sports Gold; NBC coverage from 3-5 p.m.; NBCSN 5-6 p.m.)
9 p.m. – Garage closes
Sunday, Aug. 16
7 a.m. – Garage opens, tech inspection
10-10:30 a.m. – Last chance practice (NBC Sports Gold)
10:30-11 a.m. – Fast Nine practice (NBC Sports Gold)
12:30-1:45 p.m. – Last Row qualifying (NBC Sports Gold; NBC Coverage begins at 1 p.m.)
1:45-2:30 p.m. – Fast Nine qualifying (NBC, NBC Sports Gold)
4:15-6 p.m. – Indianapolis 500 practice (NBCSN, NBC Sports Gold)
Indy 500 qualifying schedule and TV times; how the 33-car field will be set originally appeared on NBCSports.com