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How To Watch the Indy 500 in 2024

Get your engines roaring because the Indy 500 comes to Peacock and NBC Sports channels this Memorial Day weekend.

Known as the greatest spectacle in racing, the Indianapolis 500 (a.k.a. Indy 500) is one of motor racing’s premier events. You can watch the 2024 edition on Sunday, May 26, across NBC, Peacock, and UNIVERSO.

Held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Indy 500 is part of the overall IndyCar Series. It’s also considered part of the Triple Crown of Motorsport alongside the 24 Hours of Le Mans and F1’s Monaco Grand Prix.

Keep scrolling for more details on how to watch the Indy 500—including the full race schedule and TV provider recommendations.

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What channel is the Indy 500 on?

This year’s Indianapolis 500 will air on NBC and stream on Peacock. You can also watch the race on UNIVERSO, which provides Spanish-language coverage.

Pro tip: Radio fans can listen to the Indy 500 and other IndyCar Series races online for free via IndyCar Radio Network. The network also broadcasts to over 350 radio affiliates nationwide and streams on SiriusXM IndyCar Nation (ch. 160).

2024 Indy 500 schedule

While the Indy 500 generally happens every Memorial Day weekend, several events occur leading up to the big race—we’re talking practices, qualifying sessions, and even a parade. To help you catch it all, we listed the main Indy 500 events in the table below.

Event Day Time (ET) Channels
Indy 500 Open Test Wednesday, April 10 9:00 a.m.–6:30 p.m. Peacock
Indy 500 Open Test Thursday, April 11 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Peacock
Indy 500 Practice Tuesday, May 14 9:00–11:15 a.m. Peacock
Indy 500 Practice Tuesday, May 14 1:00–6:00 p.m. Peacock
Indy 500 Practice Wednesday, May 15 Noon–6:00 p.m. Peacock
Indy 500 Practice Thursday, May 16 Noon–6:00 p.m. Peacock
Indy 500 Practice Friday, May 17 Noon–6:00 p.m. Peacock
Indy 500 Practice Saturday, May 18 8:30–9:30 a.m. Peacock
Indy 500 Full Field Qualifying Saturday, May 18 11:00 a.m.–5:50 p.m. Peacock
Indy 500 Top 12 and Last Chance Practice Sunday, May 19 Noon–2:00 p.m. Peacock
Indy 500 Top 12, Last Chance, and Fast Six Qualifying Sunday, May 19 3:00–6:00 p.m. NBC, Peacock
Indy 500 Practice Monday, May 20 1:00–3:00 p.m. Peacock
Indy 500 Final Practice on Carb Day Friday, May 24 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Peacock
Pit Stop Challenge Friday, May 24 2:30–4:00 p.m. Peacock
Indy 500 Parade Saturday, May 25 Noon–2:00 p.m. Peacock
Indy 500 Pre-Race Sunday, May 26 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. NBC, Peacock, UNIVERSO
108th Indianapolis 500 Sunday, May 26 12:30–4:00 p.m. NBC, Peacock, UNIVERSO
Indy 500 Victory Celebration Monday, May 27 8:30–11:00 p.m. Peacock

Data effective as of post date. Indianapolis-area viewers are subject to blackouts.

Best TV plans for watching the Indy 500

The best way to watch the Indy 500 is through Peacock. Not only does the streaming service show the main race, but it also carries every practice and qualifying event beforehand.

Peacock plans start at $5.99 per month and feature thousands of movies, TV shows, and live sports. In addition to the Indy 500, the service streams every minute of the IndyCar Series and other marquee competitions, such as select NASCAR races, Premier League games, and NFL Sunday Night Football matchups.

If your home internet is not fast enough for streaming, an over-the-air (OTA) antenna is the next best option for watching the Indy 500. The right antenna will pick up your local NBC station and other local channels—giving you access to many racing events beyond IndyCar. For more information on finding the best antenna for race day, check out our free viewing options section below.

Which TV providers carry the Indy 500?

Most TV providers that offer local channels carry the Indy 500 via NBC. However, if you want coverage through UNIVERSO, you may need a Spanish-language base plan or add-on to tune in. Our table below highlights 13 popular TV providers and whether they carry NBC and UNIVERSO.

Provider Price NBC UNIVERSO Details
Cox $61.00–$152.00/mo.
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DIRECTV $69.99–$159.99/mo. View plans

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DIRECTV STREAM $69.99–$159.99/mo. View plans

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DISH $84.99–$114.99/mo. View plans

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Fubo $32.99–$99.99/mo. View plans

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Hulu + Live TV $76.99–$89.99/mo. View plans

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Optimum $35.00–$125.00/mo. View plans

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Philo $28.00/mo. View plans

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Sling TV $40.00–$55.00/mo. ✔* View plans

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Spectrum $69.99–$74.99/mo. View plans

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Vidgo $69.99–$99.99/mo. View plans

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Xfinity $20.00–$80.00/mo.
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YouTube TV $72.99/mo. View plans

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†May require Spanish-language plan or separate add-on.

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How to watch the Indy 500 for free

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Recommended antenna:
Mohu Leaf 50 ($39.99, one-time purchase‡)
IndyCar channels:
NBC
Features:
All local broadcast channels

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Because the Indy 500 airs on NBC, you can watch the race for free by connecting an OTA antenna to your TV. All you’ll need to do is verify the distance of the nearest NBC broadcast tower and choose an antenna strong enough to pick up the signal.

The Federal Communications Commission has a handy Reception Map Tool that allows you to enter your zip code and view nearby channels. If you’re in a rural area, you may have to adjust the tool’s location pin to find the nearest NBC tower.

Once you know the tower distance, head to our Best OTA Antennas guide to browse a diverse selection of antennas. We like the Mohu Leaf 50 for its 60-mile range and indoor capabilities—ideal for anyone in a suburban area. But no matter which antenna you choose, you’ll score live TV without paying a monthly fee.

How to watch the Indy 500 FAQ

Can I watch the Indy 500 without cable?

Yes, you can watch the Indy 500 without cable by streaming the race on Peacock or any live TV streaming service that carries NBC. You can also tune in with an OTA antenna if you live near an NBC affiliate station.

Where can I stream the Indy 500?

Peacock is the primary streaming destination for the Indy 500, but anyone with an existing TV subscription can stream the race on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. Live TV streaming services like Fubo, Hulu + Live TV, and YouTube TV also carry the Indy 500. Most of these streaming options are available on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Roku devices.

Is the Indy 500 blacked out on local TV?

Yes, the Indy 500 won’t air live on NBC and Peacock to anyone located within central Indiana. Instead, it will air later in the evening after the race ends. The live local blackout is in place to entice more spectators to attend the race in person.

How can I watch the Indy 500 in Canada?

You can watch the 2024 Indy 500 in Canada via TSN 5 and TSN+. Most practice and qualifying runs at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will stream on TSN+ in the weeks building up to the 500-mile race.

Why you should trust us

Our sports experts researched and tested the best ways to watch the Indianapolis 500. After reviewing the channels and platforms that will broadcast this year’s race, we compared 13 popular TV services head to head. We also analyzed ways to watch the complete IndyCar Series before determining our final viewing recommendations.

Check out our How We Rank page to learn more about our methods.

Disclaimer

Data effective as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

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