The 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500 will air live on WTHR on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020.
Traditionally, the live race has been blacked out in the Indianapolis television market with few exceptions.
The race was broadcast live in 2016 when the Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced a sellout for the 100th running of the race.
Indianapolis race fans were also able to watch the race live on broadcast television in 1949 and 1950.
The race is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m.
Unprecedented times calls for unprecedented measures, and this is certainly one of those. Typically every year around Indy you cannot watch the Greatest Spectacle In Racing on TV. They want us there, and we want to be there.
But of course this year, that mostly cannot happen. Only 25% capacity, different start time (usually starts around 11), traditionalists not wanting to get out in the August heat, plus, oh yeah, a pandemic going on means a lot of Hoosiers unfortunately won't be able to be out at IMS for the 104th running.
No Snake Pit. No infield. It's going to be tough, but I think everyone around here is just praising all gods that the race is still going to happen.
Now at least when we're all partying on that Sunday waiting to hear "Back Home Again In Indiana" we can still at least have some sort of a visual that we're getting robbed of this year - even though majority of people will still listen on the radio.
Here's some of the best Indy 500 stories I wrote back in May just to get you ready to kickoff race month here starting tomorrow.