It’s Indianapolis 500 RACE DAY! As the fans gather at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the biggest single-day attended sporting event in the world since the pandemic started here is Paddock Eye’s guide of what to watch out for during the 200 lap race at this iconic place!

Danica Patrick became the first woman to lead laps at the Indianapolis 500 as a rookie for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing in 2005. Today she is back and will lead the field to the green flag in the Chevrolet pace car.

Six-time NTT IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing starts the race from pole but has too young drivers hungry for success with Andretti Autosport’s Colton Herta in second and Ed Carpenter Racing’s Rinus Veekay starting the race from third.

The two guys at the front are going to be fast at the start but so too is the Iceman, he has a great car and he has been around the place long enough to know to pace himself, it’s a long race after all and can’t be won into turn one on the opening lap but can be lost.

Behind Dixon, Herta and Veekay we have Ed Carpenter who also knows his way around this place but we also have Dixon’s teammate’s Tony Kanaan and Alex Palou so expect them to be quick off the grid having led the way for the entire month of May. Helio Castroneves looks extremely fast as he aims to win his fourth Indianapolis 500 from eighth place on the grid.

Paretta Autosport are looking very fast too. Simona De Silvestro may be starting from 33rd on the grid but you can expect her to be upfront very quickly she has the speed and experience around this place.

Will Power is also looking to make early moves from 32nd on the grid following a difficult qualifying but he has won here before so don’t count him out.

Simon Pagenaud and Josef Newgarden are also out of position so they will be wanting to gain spots at the start with early moves up the front. There are so many things to look forward to today. The fans are back, the weather is good, it’s time for the Greatest Spectacle In Racing! DRIVERS, START YOUR ENGINES!

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