Memorial Day weekend is a time of celebration and relaxation in the United States. It also is the weekend each year when the Indianapolis 500 takes place. This year, the 102nd running of the race will take place on May 27th, 2018. Watch as some of the most skilled drivers in the world compete at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The race is aptly named since the drivers must complete 500 miles around the track. Watch the Indy 500 from outside the United States with a VPN.
The Indianapolis (Indy) 500 is one of the most famous auto races in the world. The first race took place in 1911, only 16 years after the first official car race in history. Since those days, there has not been much change. The Indy is still held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (referred to as the Brickyard) that was built in 1909. Though it has always been held around Memorial Day, it was not until 1974 that it was permanently set for the Sunday before.
You can imagine that the Brickyard has had quite a history through the years. Eddie Rickenbacker, the former racer, and WWI flying ace owned the track from 1927 to 1945. Of course, the track held no races the last 3 years because of the WW II war efforts. Hulman and Company purchased the famous track at the end of the war to avoid permanent closure. For generations of fans, it is hard to imagine what life would be like without the Indy 500.
In 2017, Takuma Sato won the Indianapolis 500. That made him the first Japanese driver to ever win an IndyCar race. In 2016, the rookie driver Alexander Rossi won the Indy for the first time in 15 years. As you can see, the last several years have been exciting at the Brickyard. In Danica Patrick’s farewell race, what sort of result will we get this year for this historic race? Will any driver ever be able to match the speed that the Dutch racer Arie Luyendyk set in 1996? During that race, he set a course record of 237.5 MPH. Let’s take a look at coverage for the Indy 500.
ABC will be broadcasting the Indy 500 this year with Allen Bestwick doing the lap by lap announcing again this year. You can tune in on your television or thru the Watch ABC or WatchESPN site. Those traveling or living outside the United States will need to connect to a VPN server in the US (to avoid IP geo-blocks) and enter a login from a US cable or satellite provider.
The Indianapolis 500 will be on ABC starting at 12:15 PM EST on Sunday, May 27th. You can also expect race updates on ESPN throughout the day. You can access ESPN through Sling TV. It is an online streaming service with a number of popular channels including ESPN, TBS, and HGTV. These channels are otherwise only available through cable and satellite providers. If you haven’t tried it yet then you can sign up for a 7-day free trial.
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