Indy 500 Live, On The Indianapolis 500 (branded as the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by Penn Grade Motor Oil for sponsorship reasons) is a Verizon Indy 500 Series event scheduled for Sunday May 28, 2017, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana.
IndyCar 500 is embarking on its second century much as it did its first: Nobody really knows what to expect in next weekend’s race.Dixon posted the fastest four-lap qualifying average at Indy in 21 years Sunday. But with the first rows filled by three race winners, three 500 runner-ups and a two-time Formula One champion, picking a favorite is anybody’s guess.
The event is scheduled for 200 laps (500 miles). It will be the premier event and the sixth race of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar 500 Series season. Alexander Rossi enters the race as the defending champion. The event will also feature Fernando Alonso, the first active Formula One World Champion driver to contest the race for several decades.“I think the hardest part of the week leading up to the Indy 500 is you’re basically trying to predict things,” Dixon said. “Everybody asks you how do you think you’re going to do, how is the race going to go? It’s so hard to talk about the race continuously before you’ve even done it. You know, you have to be positive, but there’s always some doubts in your mind.”
This year is particularly confounding after Dixon qualified with a four-lap average of 232.164 mph — the fastest attempt since Arie Luyendyk’s track record 236.986 in 1996.Many around the track, including second-place qualifier Ed Carpenter, think increasing the speeds is long overdue and something fans have been craving. It’s thrilling when it goes well and when it goes poorly like we saw (Saturday’s crash), but that’s part of what makes IndyCar 500 Live special.” “It’s cool to see the speeds going back up, to hear the crowd roar when Scott did those laps, when everyone put up big times” Carpenter said Sunday. “It’s part of the mystique of this place is pushing the limits of the cars and us as drivers. So I enjoy that part of it.