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"Largest Front Row Lockout in Indy 500 History: Team Penske Dominates Qualifying"

Indianapolis, Indiana – The 108th edition of the Indy 500, known as “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” is set to kick off after organizers postponed the start of the race due to extreme weather. The prestigious event is one of the most highly-anticipated on the motorsport calendar, drawing a talented field of 33 drivers who will navigate 200 laps and 500 miles around the oval at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The race, initially scheduled for 12:45 p.m. ET, was delayed due to lightning before track drying efforts were completed. The green flag is now expected to drop at approximately 4:44 p.m. ET. This year marks the first time since 1988 that one team, Team Penske, has locked out the entire front row of the starting grid.

Among the competitors aiming for victory is British driver Katherine Legge, who emphasized the energy and unique atmosphere that envelops the speedway during the Indy 500. The race also sees Australian driver Will Power, the 2018 winner, and two-time IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden leading the charge in Team Penske’s front row sweep.

The legendary status of the Indy 500 is highlighted by the presence of four-time winner Helio Castroneves, who at 49 years old aims to become the oldest winner in the race’s history. Watching from the seventh row, Castroneves seeks to clinch a historic fifth victory to solidify his place in IndyCar lore.

While the race typically avoids television broadcast in Central Indiana, the storm forced a lift on the blackout to allow fans to watch the action unfold. Additionally, NASCAR Cup points leader Kyle Larson attempts a unique challenge by competing in both the Indy 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on the same day.

As the race unfolds, fans can catch the action live on NBC and the streaming service Peacock, with international viewers also having various avenues to follow the event. With drivers ready to push the limits of endurance, skill, and speed, the Indy 500 promises high-octane excitement and historic moments for motorsport enthusiasts around the globe.