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Here’s how to watch Sunday’s Indy 500 on your TV or online

Alexander Rossi kisses the bricks on the start/finish line after wining the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis.
Alexander Rossi kisses the bricks on the start/finish line after wining the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. AP

Memorial Day weekend is a big weekend in racing, with three of the sport’s biggest annual races – the Indy 500, Monaco Grand Prix and Coca-Cola 600 – on Sunday.

The Monaco Grand Prix gets going early, 8 a.m. Eastern, on NBC.

In the United States, the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500, the crown jewel of the IndyCar Series, starts Sunday afternoon (about 12:19 p.m.), long before Charlotte’s own Coca-Cola 600 gets going at about 6 p.m.

If you plan on watching both U.S. races, there should be a comfortable window between the two for a break. Assuming there are no long weather delays – scattered showers are likely, though, in Indianapolis – the Indy 500 should take a little over three hours to run.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway president Doug Boles said the track is expecting the best crowd in 15 years for Sunday’s race.

Still, most people will choose another option to keep up, so ...

If you plan to spend the better part of the day watching racing, or just want the Indy 500 playing in the background at your barbecue, here’s what you need to know to watch it on television or online.

Indy 500

Distance: 200 laps, 500 miles

Where: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis, Indiana

When: Green flag, 12:19 p.m. EDT, Sunday

TV: ABC; coverage begins at 11 a.m. EDT

Radio: Find your affiliate here or stream it at IndyCar Radio.

Online: WatchESPN app and WatchESPN.com. Also, IndyCar’s website.

Last year’s winner: Alexander Rossi (His first. Time: 3:00:02.0872)

On the pole: Scott Dixon

Early Sunday weather forecast: Scattered thunderstorms, highs in the upper 70s, lows upper 50s.

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