The first ever Indianapolis 500-mile was was run on May 30, 1911. This year on May 29, the races celebrates 100 years since its inception. TSN and TSN2 have all of the coverage of the 95th running of the Indianapolis 500 (5 races have been canceled due to World Wars) beginning this weekend with qualifying. The 2011 Indianapolis 500 features 3 Canadians trying to qualify: Veterans Paul Trace and Alex Tagliani along with IndyCar rookie James Hinchliffe. The top contenders include defending champion Dario Franchitti and Will Power, who is still trying to figure out ovals. Mike Conway, who won his first IndyCar race in April at Long Beach, returns to Indianapolis after a crash last year that ended his season.
TSN2 will air Pole Day Qualifying on Saturday, May 21 from 11:00am-2:30pm ET and 4:30-6:30pm ET. TSN2 will also have “Bump Day” on Sunday, May 22 from 4:30-6:30pm ET. The race itself airs on Sunday, May 29 at noon ET, with a prerace show airing at 11am ET.
Bob Jenkins, Jon Beekhuis and Wally Dallenbach will call qualifying, with Lindy Thackston, Marty Snider, Kevin Lee and Robin Miller reporting from the pits. The race will be called by Marty Reid, Scott Goodyear and Eddie Cheever, with pit reporters Jerry Punch, Vince Welch, Jamie Little and Rick DeBruhl. Brent Musberger will host the prerace show.