2023 Indy 500 ‘Fast Friday’ results: Takuma Sato turns in fastest practice lap since 1996, tops 4-lap average

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The build to the 107th Indianapolis 500 is officially upon us.

Colloquially known as “the month of May” – possibly because “May's fortnight” doesn't quite roll off the tongue – there will be nine practice sessions over the next 15 days, two days of qualifying followed by an entry field Not making it, the pit stop competition and of course the Indy 500 itself on Sunday, May 28th. NBC and, primarily, combine to broadcast approximately 60 hours of coverage from Peacock Speedway.

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2023 Indy 500 Practice Results

2023 Indy 500 TV/Streaming Schedule

Eastern all the time

Saturday, May 20
8:30-9:30 am: Practice 6 (Peacock, SiriusXM, IndyCar Radio)
11 am to 6 pm: Qualifying Day 1 (Peacock, NBC 2:30-4:30 PM, SiriusXM, IndyCar Radio)

Sunday, May 21
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM: -12 and Last Chance Practice (Peacock, IndyCar Radio)
2-3 PM: Top-12 Qualifying (Peacock, SiriusXM, IndyCar Radio)
4-6 PM: Last Chance and Fast 6 Qualifying (NBC, Peacock, SiriusXM, IndyCar Radio)

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Monday, May 22
1-3 PM: Practice 8 (Peacock, IndyCar Radio)

Friday, May 26
11 am to 1 pm: Final Practice – “Carb Day” (Peacock, IndyCar Radio)
2:30-4 pm: Pit Stop Competition (Peacock)

Sunday, May 28
9-11 AM: Pre-Race Show (Peacock)
11 am to 4 pm: 107th Indianapolis 500 (NBC, Universo, Peacock, SiriusXM, IndyCar Radio)

Indy 500 Qualifying Format

There are 34 entries vying for 33 starting spots in the 107th Indianapolis 500. Qualifying is split over two days, with most of the field set during Saturday's marathon seven-hour session. Sunday will feature sessions for the final three places – and one elimination – shootouts for the top 12 and top six polls. The average speed of the drivers on the four-lap run determines their standings.

Qualifying Day 1 – Saturday, May 20
Grid spots are off in 13-30
• After each car has had one chance in the four-lap run, they can select one of two lanes for subsequent attempts to improve their times. Lane 1 has priority track access, but teams must give up their pre-qualifying pace to enter it.

Qualifying Day 2 – Sunday, May 21

• The first hour of the session featured the top 12 cars, which ran with positions 7-12 assigned.
• The bottom four cars get one hour to determine who will and who will not race with 31-33 spots locked.
• Finally, the top six cars will have a 30-minute session to determine pole position from sixth.

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - MAY 29: Marcus Ericsson of Sweden, driver of the #5 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, celebrates with milk in victory lane after winning the Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 29, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Jamie Squire / Getty Images)

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

Best Bets for the 2023 Indy 500

Despite having nine former winners in the field, only one, Scott Dixon, enters the weekend with better than 10 to 1 odds on victory, according to betmgm, Three Hondas and two Chevrolets are among the favourites.

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best chances to win

, Scott Dixon +700
• Peto O'Ward +700
• Joseph Newgarden +800
• Colton Herta +1000
• Alex Pallo +1000

107th Indianapolis 500 Entry List

The Indy 500 will feature 34 cars attempting to make a 33-car field, which will add a little extra drama to the qualifying sessions on May 20 and 21.

Josef Newgarden (2), Team Penske Chevrolet
Scott McLaughlin (3), Team Penske Chevrolet
Pato O'Ward (5), Arrows McLaren Chevrolet
Hélio Castroneves (06), Meyer Shank Racing Honda
Felix Rosenqvist (6), Arrows McLaren Chevrolet
Alexander Rossi (7), Arrows McLaren Chevrolet
Marcus Ericsson (8), Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
Scott Dixon (9), Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
Alex Pallo (10), Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
Takuma Sato (11), Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
Will Power (12), Team Penske Chevrolet
Santino Ferrucci (14), AJ 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 VK (21), Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet
Ryan Hunter-Reay (23), Dreyer and 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 Pedersen (55), AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet
Simon Pagenaud (60), Meyer Schunk Racing Honda
Tony Kanaan (66), Arrows McLaren Chevrolet
Callum Ilott (77), Junkos Hollinger Racing Chevrolet
Agustin Canopino (78), Juncos Hollinger Racing Chevrolet
Marco Andretti (98), Andretti Autosport Honda

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2023 Indy 500 Weather Forecast

Entering the first week of practice for the 107th Indianapolis 500, Rain threatens to hamper two days of track running – First two sessions Tuesday, May 16 and “Fast Friday” May 19. But, this being the Midwest, conditions can change at a moment's notice.