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How to watch the 2022 Indy 500 online — start time, channels, qualifiers

 Christian Lundgaard leads a pack of cars during practice for the 106th Indy 500.
The 106th Indy 500 takes place on Sunday, May 29. (Image credit: Brian Spurlock/Icon Sportswire via Getty)

Want to watch the 2022 Indy 500 online? Here's where you need to go.

It's almost time for one of the biggest races of the year to return. The Indy 500 is back for its 106th running, meaning we'll once again be seeing 33 drivers hitting the road in Indianapolis this weekend.  This year's race "grand marshal" is Blake Shelton, coach on The Voice, country music singer and Mr Gwen Stefani. As grand Marshall Shelton gets to command the drivers to go to their cars.

All eyes will be on Hélio Castroneves this weekend. As one of the Indy 500's most successful drivers, he'll be trying to make history by taking home a record-breaking fifth time.

Will Hélio claim the Borg-Warner Trophy for the fifth time on Sunday, May 29? Or will another driver steal the victory? We've got all the info on how to watch the Indy 500 online...

2022 Indy 500 race start time

The 106th Indianapolis 500 starts at 12.45 (ET) / 5:45 (UK time) on Sunday, 29 May. US coverage of the race starts at 11 am (ET) and in the UK you can tune in from 3.45 pm.

What's the fastest 2022 Indy 500 qualifying time?

Qualifying for the race has already taken place. Scott Dixon has claimed pole position for the second year in a row after he clocked the fastest pole speed and second-best four-lap average (234.046 mph) in race history, topping his 2021 performance.

How to watch the 2022 Indy 500 online in the US 

Coverage of the Indy 500 sits with NBC in the US. Race day coverage will start at 11 am ET and run till at least 4 pm on the network, the NBC Sports app and on the NBC Sports website (opens in new tab)

As NBC is one of the four main networks in the US, it's available to anyone with either a traditional cable package or a TV antenna that picks up local TV signals. If you've already cut the cord, you can find NBC on a variety of live TV streaming services including Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, fuboTV and Sling TV.

As the main event is on NBC, you'll also be able to watch the Indy 500 online live on Peacock. As with many other live events, you will need to be signed up for either of Peacock's Premium tiers in order to catch all the action from Indianapolis.

Peacock Premium costs $4.99 a month. This tier gets you everything available on Peacock's free plan, plus next-day access to returning broadcast shows, Peacock originals and live sports like the English Premier League, though it's still supported by advertising.

If you'd prefer to get rid of ads, you can go opt to sign up Peacock Premium Plus for an additional $5 a month.

How to watch the Indy 500 online in the UK

If you want to watch the Indy 500 in the UK, Sky TV has the rights to the race. You'll need access to the Sky Sports package as the race will be streamed on the Sky Sports F1 channel.

Sky Sports F1 currently costs £18 a month as an add-on to existing Sky Q and Sky+ packages. For new customers, pricing starts from £46.

If you just want to stream the Indy 500, we'd recommend heading over to NOW (opens in new tab). With a NOW Sports Day Pass, you can get access to everything on Sky Sports (including Sky Sports F1) for 24 hours for just £11.98, or you can pick up a monthly membership for £33.99.

How long is the Indy 500

The Indy 500 usually takes around three hours but it varies, depending on incidents and the number of cautions. The quickest Indianapolis 500 race was just 2 hours 40 minutes, when Tony Kanaan won in 2014. The longest was way back in 1981, when Bobby Unser took 3 hours 35 minutes to finally secure victory.

Who has qualified for the 2022 Indy 500?

Below you can find the full list of drivers who will be competing in the Indy 500 this year (listed in descending order from pole position).

Position Car No. Driver
19Scott Dixon
210Alex Palou
321Rinus VeeKay
433Ed Carpenter
58Marcus Ericcson
61Tony Kanaan
75Pato O'Ward
87Felix Rose
928Romain Grosjean
1051Takuma Sato
1112Will Power
1248Jimmie Johnson
1318David Malukas
142Josef Newgarden
1523Santino Ferrucci
1660Simon Pagenaud
1711JR Hildebrand
1820Conor Daly
1977Callum Ilott
2027Alexander Rossi
2115Graham Rahal
2224Sage Karam
2398Marco Andretti
2429Devlin DeFrancesco
2526Colton Herta
263Scott McLaughlin
2727Helio Castroneves
2814Kyle Kirkwood
294Dalton Kellett
306Juan Pablo Montoya
3130Christian Lundgaard
3245Jack Harvey
3325Stefan Wilson

Where is the Indy 500 held?

The Indy 500 is held annually at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana.

The purpose-built track was constructed in 1909 and is the highest-capacity sports venue in the world with a permanent seating capacity of over 250,000.

The IMS was also home to the US Grand Prix between 2000 and 2007, although that has been hosted at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas since 2012.

Martin Shore
Martin Shore

Martin is a Staff Writer with WhatToWatch.com, where he produces a variety of articles focused on the latest and greatest films and TV shows. 

Some of his favorite shows are What We Do In The Shadows, Bridgerton, Gangs of London, The Witcher, Doctor Who, and Ghosts. When he’s not watching TV or at the movies, Martin’s probably still in front of a screen playing the latest video games, reading, or watching the NFL.