Ganassi’s Takuma Sato and Scott Dixon set the pace

The 107th Indy 500 is officially upon us.

Practices have been completed and the 33-car grid for “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” is set. Here’s what to know and what you may have missed during the “Month of May” at the speedway:

2023 Indy 500 TV/streaming schedule

All times Eastern

Friday, May 26
11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Final practice – “Carb Day” (Peacock, IndyCar Radio)
2:30-4 p.m.: Pit stop competition (Peacock)

Sunday, May 28
9-11 a.m.: Pre-race show (Peacock)
11 a.m.-4 p.m.: 107th Indianapolis 500 (NBC, Universo, Peacock, SiriusXM, IndyCar Radio)

Ganassi duo tops speed charts on ‘Carb Day’

Chip Ganassi Racing’s Takuma Sato and Scott Dixon continued to show the strong pace they have for the past two weeks, topping the speed charts for Friday’s ‘Carb Day’ final practice. Sato turned 86 laps and had a top average lap speed of 227.855 mph. Dixon’s top average speed was 227.285, just .332 mph faster than Penske’s Will Power.

Legge, Rahal granted shakedown session

Katherine Legge and Graham Rahal will get an extra 15-minute practice session apart from the rest of the field to shakedown their rebuilt cars Thursday. Legge ran into Stefan Wilson during Monday’s practice session, sending both into the wall and Wilson to the hospital with a fractured vertebra that will keep him out of the race.

Rahal, after initially failing to qualify in his normal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda, will drive Wilson’s backup Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevrolet. Legge’s RLL team was able to rebuild the original chassis on her wrecked car. The track will be open from 4:30-4:45 p.m. for Legge and Rahal to exit pit lane, drive down the backstretch and come back into the pits just to ensure the cars are in working order for Friday’s “Carb Day” final practice.

Best bets for the 2023 Indy 500

Despite there being nine former winners in the field, just two, Scott Dixon and Takuma Sato, enter the weekend with better than 10-to-1 odds at victory, according to BetMGM. Three Hondas and two Chevrolets are among the top favorites to win.

Best odds to win
• Alex Palou +550
• Pato O’Ward +650
• Scott Dixon +850
• Takuma Sato +1000

2023 Indy 500 starting grid

  1. Alex Palou (10), Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

  2. Rinus Veekay (21), Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet

  3. Felix Rosenqvist (6), Arrow McLaren Chevrolet

  4. Santino Ferrucci (14), A.J. Foyt Racing Chevrolet

  5. Pato O’Ward (5), Arrow McLaren Chevrolet

  6. Scott Dixon (9), Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

  7. Alexander Rossi (7), Arrow McLaren Chevrolet

  8. Takuma Sato (11), Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

  9. Tony Kanaan (66), Arrow McLaren Chevrolet

  10. Marcus Ericsson (8), Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

  11. Benjamin Pederson (55), A.J. Foyt Racing Chevrolet

  12. Will Power (12), Team Penske Chevrolet

  13. Ed Carpenter (33), Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet

  14. Scott McLaughlin (3), Team Penske Chevrolet

  15. Kyle Kirkwood (27), Andretti Autosport Honda

  16. Conor Daly (20), Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet

  17. Josef Newgarden (2), Team Penske Chevrolet

  18. Ryan Hunter-Reay (23), Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevrolet

  19. Romain Grosjean (28), Andretti Autosport Honda

  20. Helio Castroneves (06), Meyer Shank Racing Honda

  21. Colton Herta (26), Andretti Autosport Honda

  22. Simon Pagenaud (60), Meyer Shank Racing Honda

  23. David Malukas (18), Dale Coyne Racing/HMD Motorsports Honda

  24. Marco Andretti (98), Andretti Autosport Honda

  25. Devlin DeFrancesco (29), Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport Honda

  26. Callum Ilott (77), Juncos Hollinger Racing Chevrolet

  27. Agustin Canopino (78), Juncos Hollinger Racing Chevrolet

  28. RC Enerson (50), Abel Motorsports Chevrolet

  29. Katherine Legge (44), Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda

  30. Christian Lundgaard (45), Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda

  31. Sting Ray Robb (51), Dale Coyne Racing/Rick Ware Racing Honda

  32. Jack Harvey (30), Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda

  33. Graham Rahal (24), Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevrolet

Rahal to fill in for injured Wilson

Graham Rahal will fill in for Stefan Wilson in the No. 24 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevrolet after the British driver suffered a fractured vertebra in a crash during Monday’s practice session. Rahal was dramatically bumped from the field by Rahal Letterman Lanigan teammate Jack Harvey in a desperate last-gasp qualifying run as the session concluded Sunday afternoon.

Legge, Wilson crash in Monday practice

The first crash of the Month of May came in the seventh practice session as Katherine Legge and Stefan Wilson tangled in Turn 1 with about 50 minutes remaining in the session. Running in a pack down the front stretch, Legge was not able to slow her car enough and ran into the back of Wilson, sending both into the wall.

Wilson gave the crowd a thumbs up as he was placed on a backboard before being transported to the infield medical center, while Legge got out of her car under her own power. Track medical personnel said Wilson was communicative and in good spirits and is being transferred to an area hospital for advanced imaging.

2023 Indy 500 practice results

Harvey shocks Rahal in last-chance qualifying

With five minutes remaining in Sunday’s last-chance qualifying, Jack Harvey was not in the Indianapolis 500 field. At the end of what seemed like his final run, he still was not in the field of 33. But the team and Harvey made the decision to make one final, desperate run without the luxury of cooling the engine. Harvey crossed the line to make that last run with seconds remaining on the clock and bumped Rahal Letterman Lanigan teammate Graham Rahal out of the field by 0.004s.

Indy 500 qualifying format

There are 34 entries vying for 33 starting spots in the 107th Indianapolis 500. Qualifying is split into two days, with the bulk of the field set during Saturday’s marathon seven-hour session. Sunday will feature sessions for the last three spots – and one elimination – the top 12 and top six shootout for pole. The drivers’ average speed over a four-lap run determines their standing.

Qualifying Day 1 – Saturday, May 20
Grid spots 13-30 locked in
• After each car has one opportunity at a four-lap run, they may choose one of two lanes for subsequent attempts at improving their times. Lane 1 has priority to track access, but teams must forfeit their prior qualifying speed to enter it.

Qualifying Day 2 – Sunday, May 21
Grid spots 1-12 and 31-33 locked in
•The first hourlong session features the top 12 cars making runs with spots 7-12 determined.
• The bottom four cars get an hour to determine who will and won’t make the race with spots 31-33 locked in.
• Finally, the top six cars will have a 30-minute session to determine pole position through sixth.

Marcus Ericsson celebrates his 2022 Indy 500 win with the traditional quart of milk in Victory Lane with the Borg-Warner Trophy in the background. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

107th Indianapolis 500 entry list

Josef Newgarden (2), Team Penske Chevrolet
Scott McLaughlin (3), Team Penske Chevrolet
Pato O’Ward (5), Arrow McLaren Chevrolet
Helio Castroneves (06), Meyer Shank Racing Honda
Felix Rosenqvist (6), Arrow McLaren Chevrolet
Alexander Rossi (7), Arrow McLaren Chevrolet
Marcus Ericsson (8), Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
Scott Dixon (9), Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
Alex Palou (10), Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
Takuma Sato (11), Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
Will Power (12), Team Penske Chevrolet
Santino Ferrucci (14), A.J. Foyt Racing Chevrolet
Graham Rahal (15), Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda
David Malukas (18), Dale Coyne Racing/HMD Motorsports Honda
Conor Daly (20), Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet
Rinus Veekay (21), Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet
Ryan Hunter-Reay (23), Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevrolet
Stefan Wilson (24), Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevrolet
Colton Herta (26), Andretti Autosport Honda
Kyle Kirkwood (27), Andretti Autosport Honda
Romain Grosjean (28), Andretti Autosport Honda
Devlin DeFrancesco (29), Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport Honda
Jack Harvey (30), Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda
Ed Carpenter (33), Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet
Katherine Legge (44), Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda
Christian Lundgaard (45), Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda
RC Enerson (50), Abel Motorsports Chevrolet
Sting Ray Robb (51), Dale Coyne Racing/Rick Ware Racing Honda
Benjamin Pederson (55), A.J. Foyt Racing Chevrolet
Simon Pagenaud (60), Meyer Shank Racing Honda
Tony Kanaan (66), Arrow McLaren Chevrolet
Callum Ilott (77), Juncos Hollinger Racing Chevrolet
Agustin Canopino (78), Juncos Hollinger Racing Chevrolet
Marco Andretti (98), Andretti Autosport Honda

2023 Indy 500 weather forecast

Entering the first week of practice for the 107th Indianapolis 500, rain threatens to hinder two days of running on track – the first two sessions Tuesday, May 16 and “Fast Friday” May 19. Otherwise the forecast calls for cool temperatures in the high 60s and low 70s with scattered cloud cover. But, it being the Midwest, conditions can change at a moment’s notice.