Time: Sunday, noon.
TV: Ch. 7, ABC
Track: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a 2.5-mile oval
Race distance: 200 laps, 500 miles
Event website: www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com
IndyCar website: www.IndyCar.com
Twitter: @IMS, @IndyCar, #Indy500, #IndyCar
Track history: Built in 1909, “The Brickyard” once was paved with 3.2 million bricks but now is asphalt except for the remaining “Yard of Bricks” at the start-finish line.
Capacity: The IMS is the world’s largest sporting facility with 250,000 permanent seats, all of which have been sold for the centennial race. Including the infield crowd, the track can accommodate an estimated 400,000 spectators.
Trophy: Sterling silver Borg-Warner Trophy, standing more than 5 feet high and weighing more than 110 pounds includes bas-relief bust of each winner and is valued at more than $1 million. Winners receive 18-inch sterling silver replica.
Song: Back Home in Indiana
First winner: Ray Harroun, 1911, 74.602 mph
Defending champion: Juan Pablo Montoya, 2015, 161.341 mph
Starters: 33-car grid with 11 rows of 3 cars
Pole Position: James Hinchcliffe, 230.760 mph
Past winners in race (6): Ryan Hunter-Reay (2014), Row 1; Helio Castroneves (2001, 2002, 2009), Row 3; Scott Dixon (2008), Row 5; Juan Pablo Montoya (2000, 2015), Row 6; Tony Kanaan (2013), Row 6; Buddy Lazier (1996), Row 11.
Rookies in race (5): Alexander Rossi, Row 4, 228.473 mph; Max Chilton, Row 8; Matt Brabham, Row 9; Spencer Pigot, Row 10; Stefan Wilson, Row 10.
Women drivers (1): Pippa Mann, Row 9, 226.006.
Driver nationalities: USA (14), United Kingdom (4), Colombia (3), Australia, Brazil, Canada and France (2), Japan, New Zealand, Russia and Spain (1).
Purse: $13.4 million, including roughly $2.5 million for first place plus bonus money for laps led and a prize for winning the pole.
Car specifications: The 2016 season is second in which engine manufacturers Chevrolet and Honda provide aerodynamic bodywork component kits with multiple component options. This is fifth year of engine competition between Chevrolet and Honda with 2.2-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 engines. Each team is allowed 36 sets of Firestone tires for the month of practice, qualifying and the race.
Most wins by driver (4): A.J. Foyt (1961, 1964, 1967, 1977), Al Unser Sr. (1970, 1971, 1978, 1987), Rick Mears (1979, 1984, 1988, 1991).
Most owner wins (16): Roger Penske (First in 1972, most recent in 2015).
Number of wins from pole position (20): Rick Mears (3) has most by one driver.
Most wins by one family (9): Al Unser Sr. (1970-71-78-87), Bobby Unser (1968-75-81), Al Unser Jr. (1992-94).
Most poles won (6): Rick Mears, tied for second (4) are Rex Mays, A.J. Foyt, Helio Castroneves.
Rookie winners (8): Helio Castroneves is only driver to win his first two Indy 500 starts in 2000-01.
Closest winning margin: 0.043 of a second, Al Unser Jr. over Scott Goodyear, 1992.
Fastest race average: 187.433 mph, Tony Kanaan, 2013.
Fastest race lap: 236.103, Eddie Cheever, 1996.
Fastest qualifying lap: 237.498, Arie Luyendyk, 1996.
Fastest 4 qualifying laps: 236.986, Arie Luyendyk, 1996.
Fastest practice lap: 239.260, Arie Luyendyk, 1996.
Best female finish: 3rd, Danica Patrick, 2009 (Patrick has six of seven top 10 finishes by a female and is only woman to lead, including 19 laps in 2005 and 10 in 2011).
Most times completing 500 miles: 11, Helio Castroneves.
Most leaders in one race: 14, 2013, won by Tony Kanaan.
Latest lead change by winner: Lap 200 by Dan Wheldon, 2011 (over J.R. Hildebrand) and by Sam Hornish Jr., 2006 (over Marco Andretti).
Career lap leaders: Al Unser Sr., 644; Ralph de Palma, 612; Mario Andretti, 556; A.J. Foyt, 555; Wilbur Shaw, 508, Emerson Fittipaldi, 505.
Most years between wins: 15, Juan Carlos Montoya (2000-2015).
Most years between first and last win: 17 Al Unser Sr. (1970-1987).
Winners of Indy 500 and Daytona 500: A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti.
Winners of Indy 500 and Formula One world title: Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Mario Andretti, Emerson Fittipaldi, Jacques Villeneuve.
LAST FIVE WINNERS
2015Juan Pablo Montoya15161.341Team Penske
2014Ryan Hunter-Reay19186.563Andretti Autosport
2013Tony Kanaan12187.433KV Racing Technology
2011Dan Wheldon6170.265Bryan Herta