How To Bet The 2016 Indy 500 In Canada

The 100th running of the Indy 500, the signature event of the IndyCar season and commonly known as “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing”, takes place this Sunday in Indianapolis.

As many as 300,000 people will jam Indianapolis Motor Speedway to watch Indy 500 2016. And we Canadians have something extra to cheer for in this one as Oakville, Ont. native James Hinchcliffe will begin the race in pole position!

Hinchcliffe is already the feel-good story of this year’s race and it would be a storybook ending if he were to take the checkered flag Sunday. Last year, the 29-year-old nearly died after crashing in qualifying and having a piece of debris puncture his thigh.

However, Hinchcliffe will have to overcome a tough field that includes 2015 champion Juan Pablo Montoya. Simon Pagenaud and Will Power are the early race favourites.

Here’s what else you need to know about betting the Indy 500 this year.

What Time Indy 500 Starts, And What TV Channel

The race itself will start at approximately 12:15 p.m. eastern. Television coverage of the race, however, will begin at 11 a.m.

Canadians can watch the Indy 500 on Sportsnet 360.

How Long Does The Indy 500 Take?

The Indy 500 is 200 laps of a 2.5-mile track, which adds up to 500 miles (805 kilometres).

The race used to take as long as six hours to complete, but now the average race is finished in 3.5 hours or so.