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A pandemic record of 135,000 spectators is available for North America’s largest race. This is how it works.
Round 2: Rinus VeeKay is second in Turn 3, then comes the lead from Turn 4. VeeKay leads round 2.
Lap 1: A chaotic start, but no crashes in Turn 1. Scott Dixon takes the lead early, Colton Herta in second place. Herta, who started in the row, takes a step into turn 3 and leads lap 1.
Lap 0: Will Power reports a problem before the race and sends him back into the pit lane. The 2018 Indianapolis 500 winner has fired again and will be added to the grid as planned. He will start today as 32nd.
Pre-Race: The Indianapolis 500 is here and unlike last year, months of vaccinations on the track and falling COVID-19 spread rates in Indiana have opened the track for fans. 135,000 spectators are in for what will be the biggest event in the country since the pandemic began, and the pre-race ceremonies are decidedly normal. The command to start the engines is a few minutes away and the race will follow soon.
Scott Dixon, Colton Herta and Rinus VeeKay start in the front row. After that, 10 more rows of 3 dip into curve 1 and are all looking for the same position. Position on the track proved crucial last year and there’s no better time than a triple start.