What Time is the Indy 500 On?

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

To capture this year’s 101st Indianapolis 500, ESPN will be introducing several new video technologies, deploying more than 80 cameras to capture the famous IndyCar race.

The race will air on ABC, with the green flag set to drop at 12:12 p.m. EST on Sunday, May 27. Ryan Briscoe will lead the pole at the start of the race, his 11th pole of his career. But Briscoe will have a tough task ahead of him if he intends to finish at the top of the podium at this year’s Indy 500. Marco Andretti, Will Power, and Helio Castrovenes won’t be far behind in the second row once the race starts.

Joining Briscoe in the front row will be stiff competition as well, with Ryan Hunter-Reay with three top-six finishes this season, and James Hinchcliffe who has had four top-six finishes this season. This race also marks the return of Chevy to the series and so far, so good with Briscoe at pole.

ESPN will have four onboard HD cameras in at least nine of the 33 competing race cars and will use dual-path technology for the first time in an IndyCar Series telecast. We’ll also be able to see a different look to the race with the use of ultra high-motion cameras that shoot at an astounding 1000 fps. They will be located at the short chutes at each end of the track in addition to the fourth turn and exit.

And with all those cameras out and about, we’ll also have a choice to see live streaming video from the onboard cameras on ESPN3, allowing us to choose which driver’s onboard cameras we want to watch.

“On the new DW12 chassis, we’ve been able to work with Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the IZOD IndyCar Series and the chassis developers to install four cameras on every car,” said Rich Feinberg, ESPN vice president, motorsports production. “If we achieve our goal of 12 cars, that would be 48 onboard cameras, which is a first in terms of volume for us. Additionally, for the first time, all the cars that have systems will offer our viewers driver shots which we’ve not been able to do in many, many years.”

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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