By: Tanner Watkins
February 28, 2019 | 1:00 PM
It has been a busy news day in the world of INDYCAR, and in particular, the 103rd Indianapolis 500.
Earlier today it was revealed that Sage Karam and Dreyer & Reinbold Racing would reunite for a fifth run at the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, and then INDYCAR released an update to the schedule for qualifications weekend. Now there has been some light shed on NBC Sports’ coverage plans for the month of May at Indianapolis.
Beginning with the INDYCAR Grand Prix, NBCSN will show qualifications for the NTT IndyCar Series road course race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway live on Friday, May 10 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. Eastern. The next day, the INDYCAR Grand Prix will be shown live on NBC from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Eastern, while the two Indy Lights races that weekend will be available on NBC Sports Gold.
For the first four days of Indianapolis 500 practice (Tuesday, May 14 to Friday, May 17), the action will be shown exclusively on NBC Sports Gold with each practice day running from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern. Additionally, on-track action from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 (the first day of qualifications) will be televised only on NBC Sports Gold.
The final hour of day one qualifications on May 18 will be shown on NBCSN from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Eastern.
On Sunday, May 19, the second day of qualifications will be aired from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. on NBC before the afternoon practice moves to NBCSN. That session will run from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. to close the day.
One note to add for INDYCAR Radio Network fans: the Radio Network will offer flag-to-flag coverage of qualifications again in 2019, airing every second of on-track action during Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19.
Race week coverage will kick off on Monday, May 20 with a two-hour practice from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. on NBCSN while also introducing a 30-minute studio show that will air May 20-23 on NBCSN. The studio show will air Monday through Thursday of race week starting at 6:00 p.m. Eastern each night.
For Carb Day on Friday, May 24, NBCSN and the NBC Sports Gold package will team up to offer coverage between 11:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Eastern. This includes the 1 1/2 hour final practice for Indianapolis 500 teams, as well as the Freedom 100 Indy Lights race and the annual Pit Stop Competition.
The day before the “500,” subscribers of NBC Sports Gold will get to watch the IPL 500 Festival Parade live while the event will be shown on a tape delay from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on NBCSN.
Finally, on race day for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 (Sunday, May 26), NBC Sports’ coverage will kick off at 9:00 a.m. Eastern with a two-hour pre-race show to be aired on NBCSN. When that show concludes at 11:00 a.m. Eastern, coverage will then shift to NBC for their race airing window of 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern.
A post race show for the Indianapolis 500 will be shown from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Eastern on NBCSN later that evening, and coverage of the Indy 500 Victory Celebration on Monday, May 27 will be shown from 7:30 to 11:00 p.m. on NBC Sports Gold.
MONTH OF MAY TELEVISION SCHEDULE on NBC Sports
(All times Eastern, all shows live unless indicated)
FRIDAY, May 10
1:30-2:30 p.m.: Indy Lights Road Race #1, NBC Sports Gold
4:30-6 p.m.: INDYCAR Grand Prix Qualifying, NBCSN
SATURDAY, May 11
1:15-2:25 p.m.: Indy Lights Road Race #2, NBC Sports Gold
3-6 p.m.: INDYCAR Grand Prix, NBC
TUESDAY, May 14 – FRIDAY, May 17
11 a.m.-6 p.m.: 103rd Indianapolis 500 Practice, NBC Sports Gold
SATURDAY, May 18
8-9:30 a.m.: 103rd Indianapolis 500 Practice, NBC Sports Gold
11 a.m.-5 p.m.: 103rd Indianapolis 500 Qualifying, NBC Sports Gold
5-6 p.m.: 103rd Indianapolis 500 Qualifying, NBCSN/Gold
SUNDAY, May 19
Noon-3 p.m.: 103rd Indianapolis 500 Qualifying, NBC
3-6 p.m.: 103rd Indianapolis 500 Practice, NBCSN
MONDAY, May 20
Noon-2 p.m.: 103rd Indianapolis 500 Practice, NBCSN
MONDAY, May 20 – THURSDAY, May 23
6-6:30 p.m.: 103rd Indianapolis 500 Studio Show, NBCSN/Gold
FRIDAY, May 24
11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Carb Day (Indy 500 practice, Freedom 100, Pit Stop Challenge), NBCSN/Gold
SATURDAY, May 25
4-6 p.m.: IPL 500 Festival Parade, NBCSN/Gold*
SUNDAY, May 26
9-11 a.m.: 103rd Indianapolis 500 Pre-Race Show, NBCSN
11 a.m.-4 p.m.: 103rd Indianapolis 500, NBC
4-5 p.m.: 103rd Indianapolis 500 Post-Race Show, NBCSN
MONDAY, May 27
7:30-11 p.m.: 103rd Indianapolis 500 Victory Celebration, NBC Sports Gold
*– Event will be televised delayed from 4-6 p.m. on NBCSN, live on INDYCAR Pass on NBC Sports Gold.
Header image by Karl Zemlin/INDYCAR.