IndyCar 2023: How to watch, stream, preview the 107th Indianapolis 500

By | May 27, 2023

From the time the checkered flag waved at the 2022 edition of the Indianapolis 500 until now, the IndyCar series took to examining what it could do to make the oval-track racing package better, which usually means faster, closer and more exciting. But they also didn’t want to make the racing easier—or too easy—because, after all, over 500 miles, it’s still supposed to be the Brickyard, and it’s not supposed to be easy.

So for 2023, and specifically the Indy 500, there’s a new aero package that includes mandatory stability braids, 3-degrees more adjustability for the rear wing, a braided underwing and inner underwings. (Wickers, for those unfamiliar, can add downforce by increasing pressure on the pressure side of a wing, and reducing pressure on the suction side.) In addition, IndyCar talked tire partner Bridgestone/Firestone into bringing a tire that also has a slightly higher degradation factor than previous variants of their tires, which are usually known to stay gripped far longer than expected.

The result?

“It’s not a big draggy wicker on the wing or anything,” Team Penske’s Will Power said in a media conference after setting the fastest time in Monday’s practice. “It’s the closest I’ve ever been to running a car in this place without any problems.

“It would be ridiculous to have enough downforce for everyone to pass, but the only thing is that it’s tire grade, so I think it will make for good racing in the pack.”

Arrow McLaren SP’s Pato O’Ward disagrees, telling NBC Sports “The aero bits don’t seem to have done anything for racing. It’s not ideal when you’re running 10th or 11th in a pack, or even with when you’re sixth or seventh. You can’t do anything.”

Power explained that he believed the true difference for Sunday’s race will likely be the degradation of the tires, explaining that “the left sides are softer. They vibrate easier when the tire degrades. … I haven’t had a set without a vibration yet. I have had a couple that have been massive and you have to pit and I’ve had a couple – the last one I just did a full stint but it’s still [on] there. It is [completely] left side – left front and left rear. Depends on which slides are the most.

“I think it makes for better racing. … Yeah, on a good warm day I think it will be a good race.”

How to watch the 107th Indianapolis 500

  • Date: Sunday, March 28
  • Placement: 2.5 miles (4.02 kilometers), four-turn Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • Time: Sunday – 11 a.m. ET
  • TV: NBC, Peacock, Universo
  • Current: fuboTV (try free)

What to look for

Speeds out of Friday’s Carb Day, the traditional final practice for the Indy 500, had the usual suspects again at the top of the speed charts. Takuma Sato and Scott Dixon led a Chip Ganassi Racing 1-2, and Power was third fastest to follow with his fastest time out from Monday’s practice. Carb Day was also a little more aggressive than Monday, with many drivers going three cars wide and taking things a little deeper into the corners than they had. Does that set up for a crazy Indy 500 on Sunday? Guess we’ll have to watch to find out.

Carb Day Speeds

  1. Takuma Sato, Chip Ganassi Racing, Honda, 227.885 mph
  2. Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing, Honda, 227,285
  3. Will Power, Team Penske, Chevrolet, 226,953
  4. Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing, Honda, 226,945
  5. Kyle Kirkwood, Andretti Autosport, Honda, 226.872
  6. Agustin Canapino, Juncos Hollinger, Honda, 226,532
  7. Colton Herta, Andretti Autosport, Honda, 226,300
  8. Romain Grosjean, Andretti Autosport, Honda, 226,286
  9. Josef Newgarden, Team Penske, Chevrolet, 226,766
  10. Scott McLaughlin, Team Penske, Chevrolet, 225.565
  11. Tony Kanaan, Arrow McLaren SP, Chevrolet, 225,400
  12. Conor Daly, Ed Carpenter Racing, Chevrolet, 225,378
  13. Jack Harvey, Rahal-Letterman-Lanigan, Honda, 225,251
  14. Alexander Rossi, Arrow McLaren SP, Chevrolet, 225,233
  15. Pato O’Ward, Arrow McLaren SP, Chevrolet, 225.114
  16. David Malukas, Dale Coyne Racing, Honda, 225,019
  17. Benjamin Pedersen, AJ Foyt Enterprises, Chevrolet, 224,905
  18. Marcus Ericsson, Chip Ganassi Racing, Honda, 224,751
  19. Marco Andretti, Andretti Autosport, Honda, 224,702
  20. Helio Castroneves, Meyer Shank Racing, Honda, 224,659
  21. Ed Carpenter, Ed Carpenter Racing, Chevrolet, 224,627
  22. Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dreyer & Reinbold, Chevrolet, 224,519
  23. Sting Ray Robb, Dale Coyne Racing, Honda 224.158
  24. Simon Pagenaud, Meyer Shank Racing, Honda, 224,094
  25. Christian Lundgaard, Rahal-Letterman-Lanigan, Honda, 223,996
  26. Devlin DeFrancesco, Andretti Steinbrenner, Honda, 223,838
  27. RC Enerson, Abel Motorsports, Chevrolet, 223,814
  28. Felix Rosenqvist, Arrow McLaren SP, Chevrolet, 223,783
  29. Katherine Legge, Rahal-Letterman-Lanigan, Honda, 223,562
  30. Graham Rahal, Dreyer & Reinbold, Chevrolet, 223,491
  31. Santino Ferrucci, AJ Foyt Enterprises, Chevrolet, 223,444
  32. Callum Ilott, Juncos Hollinger, Honda, 222.265
  33. Rinus VeeKay, Ed Carpenter Racing, Chevrolet, 222,166

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