SPEED is gearing up for a huge week of Indycar action when qualifying for the 100th anniversary Indy 500 gets underway this Sunday 22 May.
LIVE coverage of the qualifying rounds will begin at 1am AEST on Sunday, where the top 24 spots in the 33-car field for the Indy 500 will be up for grabs on ‘Pole Day’.
Aussie driver Will Power has opened up an early lead in the 2011 IZOD Indycar Series Point Standings with two victories from the opening four races of the season. Fellow Australian Ryan Briscoe sits in fifth position after two consecutive top three finishes.
The two Aussie stars will be among the favourites for this year’s Indy 500, which celebrates a century as the Indycar’s flagship race.
Qualifying coverage will continue on SPEED on Monday 23 May with the final nine race positions to be decided on ‘Bump Day’.
The week-long racing festival concludes the following weekend with the traditional ‘Carb Day’ warm-up event on Saturday 28 May setting the pace for the big one – The Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on Monday 30 May from 1am AEST.
James Harrison, SPEED Channel Manager, said: “This is one of the most exciting years in the great history of the Indy 500 and we’re delighted to be able to provide LIVE coverage of all the qualifying action as a lead in to our LIVE coverage of the main race on May 30.”
“It’s been a fantastic Indycar series for Aussie fans with Will Power and Ryan Briscoe in such outstanding form to start the season,” he said.
“The Indy 500 is considered the pinnacle event in open-wheel racing and with Will having already won the Alabama and Sao Paulo races and Ryan on a roll with two straight podium finishes we could be in for a spectacular one-two finish for the Aussies next Monday morning.”
SPEED’s coverage of the 2011 IZOD Indycar Series is available to FOXTEL and AUSTAR subscribers.
Indy 500 LIVE qualifying coverage on SPEED & SPEED HD
Sunday 22 May – Pole Day LIVE @ 1am AEST (Part One) & 6.30am AEST (Part Two)
Monday 23 May – Bump Day LIVE @ 6.30am AEST
Saturday 28 May – Carb Day LIVE @ 1am AEST
100th Anniversary Indy 500 Mile Race
Monday 30 May @ 1am AEST
LIVE on SPEED & SPEED HD