Classic Indy 500 broadcasts to air on ESPN networks

(Courtesy ESPN PR)

ESPN Classic will present a week-long tribute in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500. The 2011 edition of the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" airs Sunday, May 29, on ABC, with pre-race at 11 a.m. ET.
 
All week long beginning Monday, May 23, ESPN Classic will air classic Indy 500 races and SportsCentury programming.  On the actual 100th anniversary, May 30, ESPN Classic will present a 27-hour marathon anchored by a re-air of the 2011 race. 

 

The schedule (all times Eastern):


May 23

Midnight  2000 Indy 500 - Juan Pablo Montoya won the Indy 500 as a rookie.
7 a.m. SportsCentury: Tony Stewart
8 a.m. 1981 Indy 500 - Bobby Unser is penalized a lap giving the victory to Mario Andretti.  More than four months later, Unser is reinstated as the winner by USAC. 
9 a.m. 1982 Indy 500 - Gordon Johncock won his second Indy 500 with a .16 victory over Rick Mears. 
Noon SportsCentury: Tony Stewart
1 p.m. 1967 Indy 500 - AJ Foyt won his third Indy 500 that took place over two days due to weather. 
2 p.m. SportsCentury: Tony Stewart
3 p.m. 1975 Indy 500 -Bobby Unser was declared the winner after a downpour on lap 174.  The rain stopped a few minutes later.
5 p.m. 2003 Indy 500 - Gil de Ferran held off Helio Castroneves to win the 2003 Indy 500.
7 p.m. 1996 Indy 500 - The race ran under the controversy of the open wheel "split" but Buddy Lazier held off Davy Jones for the win.
9 p.m. SportsCentury: Tony Stewart
10 p.m. 2000 Indy 500 - Juan Pablo Montoya won the Indy 500 as a rookie.
 
May 24

Midnight 1999 Indy 500 - Kenny Brack took the checkered flag for owner A.J. Foyt as Robby Gordon's car ran out of fuel out of turn four on the 199th lap.
7 a.m. SportsCentury: Mario Andretti
8 a.m. 1985 Indy 500 - With the famous "Spin and Win," Danny Sullivan wins his only Indy 500 ahead of Mario Andretti and Roberto Guerrero.
10 a.m. 1986 Indy 500 - Bobby Rahal wins his only Indy 500 while becoming the first driver to complete the race in under 3 hours. 
Noon  SportsCentury: Mario Andretti1 p.m. 1969 Indy 500 - Mario Andretti led for 116 of 200 laps winning the Indy 500
3 p.m. 1989 Indy 500 - Al Unser Jr and Emerson Fittipaldi battled to the end until their cars touched wheels sending Unser spinning and allowing Fittipaldi to cross the finish line victorious. 
5 p.m. 1997 Indy 500 - This race was spread across three days due to weather.  Arie Luyendyk was the winner. 
7 p.m. 2007 Indy 500 - First race telecast in HD and was shortened by rain; Dario Franchitti was declared the winner after 166 laps. 
9 p.m. SportsCentury: Mario Andretti
10 p.m. 2001 Indy 500 - In his first Indy 500, Helio Castroneves was the winner after leading for 52 laps. 
 
May 25
Midnight 1981 Indy 500 - Bobby Unser is penalized a lap giving the victory to Mario Andretti.  More than four months later, Unser is reinstated as the winner by USAC. 
7 a.m. SportsCentury: AJ Foyt
8 a.m. 1983 Indy 500 - Tom Sneva takes the lead on lap 190 to earn the win. 
10 a.m. SportsCentury: AJ Foyt
11 a.m. 1967 Indy 500 - AJ Foyt won his third Indy 500 that took place over two days due to weather. 
Noon SportsCentury: AJ Foyt
1 p.m. 1974 Indy 500 - Johnny Rutherford comes from the 25th starting position to win his first Indy 500.
3 p.m. 1980 Indy 500 - Johnny Rutherford won his third Indy 500.  
7 p.m. 2008 Indy 500 - Scott Dixon started from the pole position and won the 92nd Indy 500.
9 p.m. SportsCentury: AJ Foyt
10 p.m. 2002 Indy 500 - Helio Castroneves became the fifth driver to win back-to-back Indy 500 races . 
 
May 26
Midnight 1991 Indy 500 - Rick Mears started on at the pole position and went on to win his fourth Indy 500 - 20th Anniversary of this race
2 a.m. SportsCentury: Rick Mears
7 a.m. SportsCentury: Rick Mears8 a.m. 1994 Indy 500 - Al Unser Jr started on the pole position and won his second Indy 500.
10 a.m. 1984 Indy 500 - Rick Mears won his second Indy 500 while Pat Bedard survives a horrific crash that destroyed his car. 
Noon  SportsCentury: Rick Mears1 p.m. 1991 Indy 500 - Rick Mears started on at the pole position and went on to win his fourth Indy 500 - 20th Anniversary of this race
3 p.m. 1979 Indy 500 - Rick Mears wins his first Indy 500 after Al Unser ran into car trouble halfway through the race. 
5 p.m. 1984 Indy 500 - Rick Mears won his second Indy 500 while Pat Bedard survives a horrific crash that destroyed his car. 
7 p.m. 1988 Indy 500 - Rick Mears outlasts Al Unser and Emerson Fittipaldi to win his third Indy 500.
9 p.m. SportsCentury: Rick Mears10 p.m. 1991 Indy 500 - Rick Mears started on at the pole position and went on to win his fourth Indy 500 - 20th Anniversary of this race
 
May 27
Midnight 2010 Indy 500 - Dario Franchitti won the 94th Indy 500 ahead of Dan Wheldon & Marco Andretti.
7 a.m. SportsCentury: Al Unser, Sr
8 a.m. 1970 Indy 500 - Al Unser wins his first Indy 500 in which he led only 10 total laps. 
10 a.m. 1978 Indy 500 - Al Unser held off Tom Sneva to win his third Indy 500.
Noon  SportsCentury: Al Unser, Sr1 p.m. 1987 Indy 500 - Al Unser, Sr wins his fourth Indy 500 beating out Roberto Guerrero & Fabrizio Barbazza. 
3 p.m. 1990 Indy 500 - Arie Luyendyk finishes ahead of Bobby Rahal and Emerson Fittipaldi to win his first Indy 500.
5 p.m. 2006 Indy 500 - Sam Hornish Jr won the race by 0.0635 second over Marco Andretti and featured the first final lap pass in race history and was the second closest finish in race history.
7 p.m. 1992 Indy 500 - Al Unser Jr wins his first Indy 500 by beating Scott Goodyear in the closest finish in race history, 0.043 second. 
9 p.m.  SportsCentury: Al Unser, Sr


May 30 - 100th Anniversary Marathon
Midnight 1969 Indy 500 - Mario Andretti led for 116 of 200 laps winning the Indy 500
2 a.m. 1970 Indy 500 - Al Unser wins his first Indy 500 in which he led only 10 total laps. 
4 a.m. 1971 Indy 500 - Al Unser wins his second Indy 500 in a row and his second of four in his career.
6 a.m. 1978 Indy 500 - Al Unser held off Tom Sneva to win his third Indy 500.
8 a.m. 1992 Indy 500 - Al Unser Jr wins his first Indy 500 by beating Scott Goodyear in the closest finish in race history, 0.043 second. 
10 a.m. 2005 Indy 500 - Danica Patrick lived up to the hype and finished fourth while Dan Wheldon won the 2005 Indy 500. 
Noon  2006 Indy 500 - Sam Hornish Jr won the race by 0.0635 second over Marco Andretti and featured the first final lap pass in race history and was the second closest finish in race history.
2 p.m. 1977 Indy 500 - AJ Foyt became the first driver to win four times at the Indy 500 by passing Gordon Johncock after the crankshaft broke on his car. 
4 p.m. 1987 Indy 500 - Al Unser, Sr wins his fourth Indy 500 beating out Roberto Guerrero & Fabrizio Barbazza. 
6 p.m. 1991 Indy 500 - Rick Mears started on at the pole position and went on to win his fourth Indy 500
8 p.m. 2009 Indy 500 - Helio Castroneves became the first driver born outside of the US to win the race more than once while Danica Patrick finished third. 
10 p.m. 2011 Indy 500 (Classic replay)  

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