One of the biggest races in motorsport takes place this weekend and a familiar face from F1 will be among the drivers
ARGUABLY the biggest weekend in motorsport is upon us with the Monaco Grand Prix and the Indy 500 taking place on the same day.
And Formula 1 legend Fernando Alonso has prioritised the race in Indianapolis, leaving Jenson Button to race for McLaren in Monaco.
Here is everything you need to know about the Indy 500.
When is the Indy 500 and what TV channel is it on?
The Indy 500 will start at 5.19pm on Sunday, May 28.
Coverage will be live on BT Sport/ESPN.
The programme will start at 4.30pm.
What is the Indy 500?
The Indy 500 is a 500-mile race held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
It is the most famous race of the Verizon IndyCar Series and is always held over America’s Memorial Day weekend.
Drivers must complete 200 laps with the race typically lasting over three hours.
Crowds of 400,000 people flock to the circuit to see 33 cars running at speeds of over 200 miles per hour.
Unlike F1, the race is not run in the event of rain.
Is Fernando Alonso among the favourites?
Fernando Alonso is the second favourite for the race after exceeding all expectations to qualify in fifth.
He can be backed at 7/1, with only four-time Indycar champ Scott Dixon (6/1) at narrower odds.
Alonso has backed himself to win the second leg of the Triple Crown but admits that attempting to overtake numerous cars at over 200 miles per hour will be a new experience.
He said: “I still lack experience in important moments of the race. I will try to compensate with the speed, with motivation and we will see what happens.
“Taking the opportunity to overtake and to pass will be a difficult decision to make.
“There are many factors you need to address while you are driving 230 miles per hour.”
A victory in Indianapolis will see him match former F1 rival Juan Pablo Montoya, who was the last man to win both the Monaco Grand Prix and Indy 500.
But he is ultimately aiming to win the Triple Crown of Monaco, the Indy 500 and the Le Mans 24-hour race, which only Graham Hill has ever achieved.
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