Fans can watch the 2016 Indianapolis 500 live online and see who is able to take the checkered flag in the historic 100th running of the start-of-summer tradition.
The Indianapolis 500 will start Sunday, just after noon Eastern Time, and there is already unprecedented interest in the race. For the first time in the event’s history, both the grandstands and the infield have sold out, Fox Sports reported, meaning a total of 350,000 to 450,000 people are expected to be in attendance. There will be even more watching at home, the report noted, as the television broadcast blackout in the state of Indiana has been lifted for the first time since 1950.
The blackout had generated quite a bit of controversy in recent years and local officials lobbied to have it lifted. Those efforts paid off this year, meaning residents of the Hoosier State will be able to watch the race their state has made famous.
The Indianapolis 500 will be broadcast on ABC but will also be available to watch live online for those unable to get to a television (a link to the streaming video can be found below).
As Fox Sports noted, the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 is sure to bring plenty of attention. The race represents a bit of a comeback for IndyCar, which has seen plenty of ups and downs, the report added.
“While we expect the drivers to put on a great show on Sunday, the race will be worth watching even if it is without drama. While IndyCar has been through some turbulent times over the past couple of decades, at least one thing has remained the same: The Indianapolis 500 has always been remarkable. Racing wheel-to-wheel at 240 mph, the Indianapolis 500 is not only a demonstration of what man is capable of, but also of our technology. There have been some incredible innovations over the past 100 years, and it remains to be seen what is yet to come.”
Fans who watch the 2016 Indianapolis 500 live online will have a chance to see history in more ways than one. While the 100th running of the race is generating excitement in itself, there will also be plenty of attention on 79-year-old super-owner Roger Penske, who will be behind the wheel of the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Pace Car as his Team Penske goes for a 17th win in the race.
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Penske has been a constant presence in the racing world, and the man Forbes valued at $1.8 billion has done it through a sharp knowledge of the sport and an insatiable hunger to learn more.
“What makes Roger different is that if I handed him my cell phone right now he could use it as well or better than I could,” said Brad Keselowski, who won Penske’s first NASCAR Sprint Cup and XFINITY championships, in an interview with Fox Sports. “That shows his insatiable knowledge, but not just knowledge, the pursuit or growth.
“He is growing not just in the business sense — it is easy to see business growth with a new building or race team or whatever — but Roger’s ability to grow intellectually, personally and his desire to do so has not leveled off over time and I think that makes him an exceptional person by today’s standards,” said Keselowski.
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Team Penske will have a good chance to win, fielding four out of the 33 cars competing, and it’s something of an all-star cast at that. Representing the team will be Juan Pablo Montoya, Helio Castroneves, Will Power, and Simon Pagenaud.
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