The Indianapolis 500 is just days away.
“The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” will kick off Sunday afternoon at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana.
Below, you can find out information about the race and how to tune in.
How can I watch the race live?
ABC will be airing the Indy 500, with pre-race coverage beginning Sunday at 11 a.m. ET. You can also search for in-person tickets here.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway website says the command for drivers to start their engines will take place at 12:12 p.m. ET and the race will unfold at 12:19 p.m. ET.
What should I know about this year’s race?
The 500-mile competition will feature 33 drivers.
Ed Carpenter has taken the top starting spot for the third year in a row. Drivers Simon Pagenaud and Will Power will join him in Row 1 in the No. 2 and No. 3 spots, respectively.
Danica Patrick — Carpenter’s teammate — will also compete. She has qualified seventh for the final start of her career, meaning she’ll start in Row 3.
The first female to lead at Indy hasn’t competed in an IndyCar since 2011.
“Qualifying at Indy is a thing,” Patrick wrote in an Instagram post. “It’s special. Stressful. Rewarding. Depressing. Scary. Easy. Fast. It can change from day to day. Lap to lap. Year to year. You just never know….so I don’t take the good days for granted.”
She added, “Feeling pretty grateful to come back after 7 years and qualify 7th.”
Helio Castroneves is also set to take part. He’ll be chasing a record-tying fourth 500 win from the No. 8 starting spot next to Patrick.
You can see the rest of the starting grid here.
Who was the 2017 winner?
Takuma Sato was the 2017 champion. Sato, the first Japanese winner at Indy, will start this year’s race 16th from the inside of Row 6.
Can I expect to see stars?
Yes! Kelly Clarkson will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “Avengers: Infinity War” star Chris Hemsworth will serve as the honorary starter, Fox 59 reported, adding that other celebrities are scheduled to be on hand.
What else should I know?
Winning drivers famously drink milk — and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway explains the history behind it online.
It says that “Louis Meyer regularly drank buttermilk to refresh himself on a hot day and happened to drink some in Victory Lane as a matter of habit after winning the 1936 race. An executive with what was then the Milk Foundation was so elated when he saw the moment captured in a photograph in the sports section of his newspaper the following morning that he vowed to make sure it would be repeated in coming years.”
The speedway adds, “There was a period between 1947-55 when milk was apparently no longer offered, but the practice was revived in 1956 and has been a tradition ever since.”The Indiana Dairy Association revealed May 23 that 17 out of the 33 drivers in the 2018 race have requested whole milk.