Classic 500s Abound on Television, Web

It won’t be the same as being at the track and seeing the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500, but ESPN and NBC will feature several old 500s tomorrow.

The schedule:

Saturday:

Noon-ESPN- Virtual Legends Race from IMS

Sunday:

ESPN2

6:00 am- 2018 Monaco Grand Prix

8:30 am 2019 Monaco Grand Prix

3-5 pm  2006 Indianapolis 500

5-7 pm  2011 Indianapolis 500

7-9 pm  2014 Indianapolis 500

The races have three of the best finishes in 500 history.

NBC

Sunday

2-6 pm Enhanced replay of the 2019 Indianapolis 500 featuring interviews and commentary from Alexander Rossi and Simon Pagenaud.

Other viewing options

Classic races on You Tube

The IMS website will have virtual content all day today and tomorrow, including a race to be determined tomorrow afternoon.

 

Make the best of this weekend. let’s hope for the best come August.

Three 500s, Two Monaco GPs on ESPN2 Sunday

ESPN2 will help keep the traditional biggest day in motorsports alive Sunday with five encore presentations. Two previous Grand Prix of Monaco will begin the day. later in the afternoon the network will re-air three past Indianapolis 500s.

The schedule:

6 am  2018 Monaco Grand Prix

8:30 am  2019 Grand Prix of Monaco

These races are two of the better Monaco races of late. In 2018 Daniel Riccardo held off Sebastian Vettel. Riccardo battled engine and gearbox issues throughout.

In 2019 Lewis Hamilton beat Vettel by 2.6 seconds, close by f1 standards.

Plus you get to see Monaco for 4 hours. i love the setting for the race, although the racing isn’t always great. It’s one of the most iconic, classic venues for a race.

3 pm  2006 Indianapolis 500  Great duel at the end between Marco Andretti and Sam Hornish, Jr. The winner wasn’t decide until the cars reached the finish line.

5 pm  2011 Indianapolis 500  The 100th anniversary 500 featured probably the wildest finish ever. The J. R. Hildebrand seemed to have the race wrapped up crashed out of turn 4.  Winner Dan Wheldon led less than a mile in what turned out to be a bittersweet victory.

7 pm 2014 Indianapolis 500  Ryan Hunter-Reay and Helio Castroneves stage a tremendous battle for the victory. Hunter-Reay’s pass in the grass was an incredible move.

NBC Replays 2019 Indianapolis 500

Overlapping ESPN’s replays will be NBC’s replay of the 2019 Indianapolis 500 from 2pm-6pm. The race features commentary from winner Simon Pagenaud and runner-up Alexander Rossi.  A pre -race segment hosted by Mike Tirico features interviews with the two drivers.

These shows aren’t the same as being at the track on Sunday, but they are the best we have until now. Race day is hopefully just a little more than three months away. DVRs will be pretty busy this weekend.