What could be a more perfect Memorial Day Sunday than firing up the grill, grabbing a beer and watching 33 cars whizzing around a race track for three hours? We can't think of anything else we'd sooner be doing. The Indy 500, covers 500 miles of track over 200 2.5 mile laps - and we can tell you how to live stream every last one of them.
102nd Indianapolis 500 - when and where?
The 2018 Indy 500 will take place today (Sunday May 27) at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indiana. The race will begin at 12:15pm ET (9:15am PT, 5:15pm BST) and the green flag will be dropped just five minutes after that if you don’t want to miss a single second of the action.
Last year Takuma Sato won the Indianapolis 500 and became the first Japanese driver to ever win an Indy Car race while the year before rookie driver Alexander Rossi took home the trophy. This year looks to be just as exciting with Rossi among the favorites to win along with Ryan Hunter-Reay, Ed Carpenter and Helio Castroneves. So you're going to want to tune in.
The Indy 500 is one of the most famous auto races in the world and was first held in 1911. Since then the race has remained mostly unchanged and has been held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indiana.
If you’re a fan of Indy Car racing or just want to tune into the 102nd Indy 500 today - and can tear yourself away from the Memorial Day sales - then we have you covered with live stream options from all over the globe. We’ll show you all the ways you can watch the event either on your television or online. If there’s no local coverage in your country, don’t worry as we’ll guide you through the necessary steps to watch an Indy 500 online live stream from anywhere in the world.
How to watch the 2018 Indy 500: US live stream
If you live in the US and have a television, then ABC is your best bet for catching the big race. This will be the final race in a multi-year contract between the network and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
ABC’s coverage of the Indy 500 will be available with either a cable or satellite subscription or for free with an over-the-air digital antenna. The network will start its coverage at 11am ET (4pm BST, 8am PT) and the race itself will begin around an hour and a half later.
For those that want to watch the Indy 500 on their computer or from their mobile devices, you can do so by going to ABC’s website. However, you’ll have to login with your cable provider’s details to do so and this is also the case on ABC’s app. And ESPN is also showing the race on its WatchESPN app.
Racing fans outside of the US this weekend that want to catch ABC’s coverage of the Indy 500 will need a VPN to do so. Below you’ll find all the information on how to download and use a VPN to watch the race.
1. Download and install a VPN
If you don't have easy access to watch the 2018 Indy 500 live stream in your country, the best way to watch it is to download and install a VPN. We've tested all of the major VPN services and we rate ExpressVPN as the absolute best. It's compatible with all of your devices, supports most streaming services and ranks amongst the fastest. You can even install it on devices like an Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Xbox and PlayStation. So for a one-stop shop, you can't go wrong with Express - but there are more fantastic VPN options out there as well:
The best 3 VPNs for streaming sports online
1. ExpressVPN: the best all-round VPN for streaming, comes with 30-day trial
2. NordVPN: SmartPlay tech makes NordVPN a great choice for streaming
3. VyprVPN: blazing speeds make VyprVPN a great choice for 4K video
- Read more: The best VPN services 2018
2. Connect to the appropriate server location
Simply open the VPN app, hit 'choose location' and select the appropriate location - it's super easy to do. Choose US to stream the 2018 Indy 500 on ABC using the link below.
3. Go to ABC
This year's Indy 500 will be streamed right on ABC's website and with a VPN you can watch it live from anywhere in the world - just so long as you have those crucial log in details.
How to watch in the US without cable - and for free
If you don’t have a cable subscription, don’t worry as there are still plenty of other ways to watch the 2018 Indy 500 on ABC without subscribing or purchasing a digital antenna for your TV. What's more, they all have free trials, too. To simplify things for you, we’ve listed a couple of our favorite options below:
- DIRECTV NOW $50 per month - DIRECTV NOW gives users all the channels needed to watch the racing and loads of other sporting events. Use DIRECTV NOW’s 7-day trial will let you test out the platform.
- Sling TV $40 per month - Sling TV is an inexpensive way to watch sport. Sling TV is compatible with Apple TV, Roku, Xbox One, Chromecast as well as lots of other devices and its easy to get started with a 7-day free trial.
How to watch the 2018 Indy 500: Canada live stream
Strangely, we can't seem to find anybody that's showing an Indy 500 live stream in Canada. It has previously been on ESPN, but we can't see that they're broadcasting it this year.
If you live in Canada and want to stream the race online, you'll have to do so by using one of the streaming services listed above or by using a VPN to access the broadcast of another country.
How to watch the 2018 Indy 500: UK live stream
If you live in the UK and want to watch the Indy 500 on your television, then BT Sport will be covering all the action at the race as they have the exclusive rights to broadcast the event in the UK. BT Sport subscribers can simply go to the site and watch the race from there starting at 5:15pm BST on Sunday May 27.
However if you’re not a subscriber, you can still use a VPN to change your IP address to get the race from another location.
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