Indy 500 officially a sell-out, TV blackout lifted


Race fans across Indiana will be able to watch the 100th running of the famous Indianapolis 500 live on TV for the first time since 1950 after the event was officially listed a sell-out. 

Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) president Doug Boles announced on Wednesday that officials decided to lift the television blackout after selling out all available reserved tickets. 

The decades-long blackout is one of the longest-standing Indy 500 traditions, along with the race winner drinking milk in victory lane. 

Over 350,000 people are expected to attend Sunday's race, with temporary suites installed at turn one infield and on the backstretch, while previously removed grandstand seats were re-installed.

"All suites, reserve seats and infield general admission tickets for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 are sold out," Boles said. "There's no event in the world like the Indianapolis 500."

IndyCar Series championship leader Simon Pagenaud will be looking to extend his three-race winning streak but must work his way up from eighth on the grid, while James Hinchcliffe starts from pole-position.