After a long wait, the Indy 500 is finally here. Fans will be allowed to watch live after the event was wrapped up without any audience last year. The event had already been delayed and took place at an Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Here are further details about the highly-anticipated racing event such as the Indy 500 prize money, Indy 500 time and Indy 500 predictions.
As of now, the proper prize money for Indy 500 has not been revealed. As per reports, Takuma Sato brought in $1.3 million during his win last year, which was affected by the pandemic. Before that, Simon Pagenaud won $2,669,529 in 2019. Sato had won in 2017, earning $2,458,129 back then. In terms of how much money will the winner of Indy 500 2021 get, it could be in the range of $1 million-$2.5 million.
When @TakumaSatoRacer won the 2017 #Indy500 at @IMS, the commentators from his home country of Japan were just as excited!— IndyCar on NBC (@IndyCaronNBC) May 27, 2021
Now, he enters this weekend's race on @NBC as a two-time and defending winner. pic.twitter.com/Fx41umqxes
According to recent predictions from experts and fans, Scott Dixon remains a common favorite for many in terms of naming the racer who will win Indy 500 2021. However, Ed Carpenter, Alexander Rossi, and Scott McLaughlin are other names being taken. Some even think Colton Herta might take home the win, who might be able to pull it off the feat.
It has also been 13 long years since Dixon won the Indy 500. He is going to be a pole-sitter for the fourth time. Takuma Sato, who won last year, will be starting from the 15th position. Simona de Silvestro is the only woman in the race.
In the USA, NBC Networks will be broadcasting the race for audiences watching from their homes. The pre-race will begin at 9:00 AM IST, which will be on NBCSN, while the post-race show will also be on NBCSN. The main race, however, will be broadcasted on NBC starting at 11:00 AM EST on May 30. Along with the TV broadcast, one can stream live in the USA on NBCSports.com or the NBC Sports app.