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How to watch the Indianapolis 500 online

This weekend, the eyes of the racing world turn towards Indiana. There will be events all weekend from The Brickyard, ramping up to the big race on Sunday. You don't need cable to fill your weekend with the fastest action on the track. Here is how to watch the Indianapolis 500 online.

The 2019 Indianapolis 500 is being held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indiana. The race will be on Sunday, May 26, starting at 11 a.m. Eastern, but there will be events to watch all weekend long. The Indianapolis 500 is the major event of the season for the IndyCar Series of open wheel racing in the U.S.A.

The thirty-three driver field features returning champion Will Power, but it does not feature former champion Fernando Alonso or any other drivers from McLaren Racing. Alonso missed in the final qualifier, and Jenna Fryer of the AP has a full break down of all the problems that resulted in McLaren's failure to gain a spot in the field. Instead, be on the lookout for Josef Newgarden, a young driver who has already achieved much in the sport as the 2017 Series Champion. Other favorites to kiss the bricks after a victory include Alexander Rossi and Scott Dixon.

Here is the schedule for the 2019 Indianapolis 500

Indianapolis 500 Carb Day featuring final practices & Freedom 100 Indy Lights race

  • Friday, May 24, 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., NBCSN & NBC Sports Gold

Indianapolis 500 Legends Day featuring the Indy 500 & IPL 500 Parades

  • Indy 500 Parade, Saturday, May 25, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m., NBC Sport Gold
  • IPL 500 Festival Parade, Saturday, May 25, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m., NBCSN

Indianapolis 500 Race Day featuring 103rd Indy 500

  • Indy 500 Pre-race coverage, Sunday, May 26, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., NBCSN
  • 2019 Indianapolis 500 race, Sunday, May 26, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., NBC
  • Indy 500 Post-race coverage, Sunday, May 26, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m., NBCSN

Watch the Indianapolis 500 on NBC

A good antenna is the easiest way to get the broadcast networks, including the NBC broadcast of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 26. Simply connect the antenna to your TV tuner, then tune to your local NBC affiliate to watch live coverage of the Indianapolis 500. If you want to use your antenna with a smartphone, tablet, or streaming device, you can consider buying an over-the-air streaming box.

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If you want to use the internet instead of an antenna, you can see the Indianapolis 500 on live streaming services. If you already have a live streaming service, or if you are interested in starting a free trial, you need to check your service of choice to find if they offer your local NBC station.

If you have one of these live streaming subscriptions, you can use your login to watch the Indianapolis 500 live in the NBC Sports app. Just use your login to activate the app, which is available on Android devices, iPhones, iPads, Fire Tablets, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, Samsung smart TVs, and Xbox

Check out highlights of the qualifying races from the 2019 Indy 500

Watch the Indianapolis 500 on NBCSN

NBCSN will be broadcast much of the Indianapolis 500 weekend events, including the Freedom 100 race on Friday. If you want to watch this coverage online, the easiest options available without cable are the following live streaming services.

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NBCSN coverage during Indianapolis 500 weekend will be in the same NBC Sports app as the NBC coverage of the main race. The app is available on nearly every platform, and can be activated with your supported login to see NBCSN content.

Watch Indianapolis 500 weekend events on NBC Sports Gold

If you are a hardcore fan of Indycar racing, there is an option to give you extra coverage this weekend, and all racing season long. You can watch live streaming coverage of the Indianapolis 500 weekend online through NBC Sports Gold with their Indycar Pass. This will include full coverage of Carb Day, including the Freedom 500 live, and on demand access to the full Indy 500 race.

The Indycar Pass on NBC Sports Gold also includes live coverage of practice and qualifying all season long, and every Indy Lights development league race. Plus you get on demand access to every Indycar race replay.

NBC Sports Gold joins NBC and NBCSN coverage in the NBC Sports app. You can get the app in your mobile app store of choice, or through many of the most popular streaming device platforms, including the following:

Get Indycar Pass on NBC Sports Gold

Listen to the Indianapolis 500 on SiriusXM

The Indianapolis 500 can hop in the driver's seat with you through SiriusXM. The service has audio coverage of both races beginning at 11 a.m., with live broadcasts of the Freedom 100 on Friday and the 103rd Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.

The Sirius XM standard broadcast is available in your vehicle, or streaming to your mobile devices on channel SXM 209. There will also be special coverage of the Indy 500 on Mad Dog Sports Radio on channel SXM 82.

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Roy Delgado is a freelance writer for CordCutters. His focus is streaming, specializing on sports. He binge-streams 32 games over the first two days of NCAA March Madness annually. He built his own DVR 15 years ago, and still tinkers to make his media setup its best. Find him on Twitter [@RoyD77](