How to watch the 2021 Indy 500 in the UK


Billed by American enthusiasts as “the greatest racing spectacle”, the 105th Indy 500 takes place this weekend.

The race will see 33 drivers compete over 500 miles for one of the top prizes in motorsport. Expect lots of high speed action, tight competition, and even a festive bottle of milk.

We’ve got a comprehensive guide to all the key information you need to enjoy much of America’s racing this weekend, here in the UK.

How to watch the Indy 500 2021?

2021 Indy 500 UK Guide

Sky Sports F1 owns the only UK broadcast rights to the 2021 Indy 500.

Sky Sports subscribers will be able to watch via Sky Sports F1, with additional coverage on Sky Sports Main Event. Alternatively, subscribers can use the SkyGo app on their smartphone or mobile device.

Non-subscribers can purchase a Now TV Sky Sports day pass to watch the race. This can be used with smart TV or compatible mobile device.

Is there a live stream for the 2021 Indy 500?

2021 Indy 500 UK Guide

Unfortunately, there is no official internet livestream for those wishing to watch the Indy 500 in the UK.

Viewers in the United States can watch online through the NBC Sports app or through the NBC Sports website.

What time does the 2021 Indy 500 start in the UK?

Indy 500 UK Guide 2021

The Indy 500 got off to a relatively early start in the United States, with procedures starting at 11 a.m. in Indianapolis.

For UK viewers, that means the event will kick off at 4 p.m. BST on Sunday, May 30.

Coverage on Sky Sports F1 will begin at 3:45 p.m. BST and continue until 9 p.m. BST.

Will fans be allowed at the 2021 Indy 500??

2021 Indy 500 UK Guide

The coronavirus pandemic has meant that the 2020 Indy 500 unfolded without any fans present in the gigantic stands.

This year, a maximum attendance of 135,000 fans will be allowed inside Indianapolis Motor Speedway. While it may seem like a large crowd, the facility will operate at just 40 percent of its capacity.

Other Indy 500 special events, such as live music concerts in the Snake Pit area of ​​the Infield, will not take place.

Which pace car is used for the 2021 Indy 500?

2021 Indy 500 UK Guide

The official 2021 Indy 500 race car is the new mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette convertible.

This is the 18th time that a Corvette has been used as a pace car for the event and the 32nd time for a Chevrolet. The Bowtie brand first ruled the estate in 1948 and has held a monopoly on the speed car role since 2002.

Driving the pace car this year, Danica Patrick. She is the most successful driver in Indy 500 history.

Why is the Paretta Autosports team important?

2021 Indy 500 UK Guide

Building on Danica Patrick’s accomplishments, the Paretta Autosport team will be the first female-owned, female-led and largely female-driven team to compete at Indy.

Led by CEO Beth Paretta, the team managed to grab last place on the grid in a dramatic qualifying session. The Swiss Simona de Silvestra took advantage of her experience of the previous five Indy 500s to take the 33rd position.

The Paretta team is 70% female and aims to encourage women to pursue careers in motorsport and STEM subjects.

Is Romain Grosjean driving the 2021 Indy 500?

2021 Indy 500 UK Guide

Romain Grosjean left Formula 1 dramatically at the end of the 2020 season, surviving a terrible crash at the Bahrain Grand Prix. Without driving in Formula 1 for 2021, he crossed the Atlantic for IndyCar.

Driving for the Dale Coyne Racing team, Grosjean is only entered for road and road events. He avoids oval tracks to avoid making his family fear racing on high speed circuits.

Unfortunately, that means Romain won’t be competing in the Indy 500. He at least enjoyed success in the previous Indianapolis Grand Prix. Grosjean won pole position and finished second in just his third IndyCar race.

Are there any British drivers in the Indy 500 2021?

2021 Indy 500 UK Guide

The 2021 Indy 500 sees three British competitors hoping for victory in the American Classic.

Jack Harvey of Lincolnshire has raced in IndyCar since 2017. He has had a strong performance so far this year and has qualified 22nd for the Indy 500.

Stefan Wilson, born in Sheffield, is 30th on the grid. The younger brother of the late Formula 1 and IndyCar driver Justin Wilson is Stefan’s third Indy 500.

Max Chilton, who raced in Formula 1 with the Marussia team, is perhaps the most famous British driver to casual fans. The Indy 500 is now the only oval race Chilton competes in for the Carlin team – he qualified in 31st place.

Why is the Indy 500 winner drinking milk?

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Arguably one of the strangest traditions of the Indianapolis 500 is the winning pilot drinking a bottle of milk to celebrate.

The tradition began in 1933, after Louis Meyer claimed his second Indy 500 victory. Meyer opted to drink buttermilk after the race, thinking it would be refreshing on a hot day. He did the same thing again after his third Indy victory in 1936.

An executive of a dairy company saw a photo of Meyer drinking milk, which made it possible to offer the drink to future Indy 500 winners. Today, the Indiana Dairy association is giving the winning pilot 10,000 $ for choosing to drink milk as part of his post-race celebration.

In the photo, 2020 Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato enjoying his choice of two percent milk.


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