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ESPN broadcasting virtual Indy 500 this weekend with legends like Mario Andretti

Mario Andretti

The Indy 500 typically helps to kick off summer each year with its Memorial Day weekend race. Since the race has been delayed until August, a virtual version will be broadcast on ESPN instead.

Racing legend Mario Andretti joins two-time Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso for the virtual race this Saturday. In addition to Andretti, six other Indy 500 winners will participate. They include Emerson Fittipaldi, Juan Pablo Montoya, Helio Castroneves, Gil de Ferran, Dario Franchitti, and Tony Kanaan.

“I have a pretty steep learning curve ahead of me,” the 80-year-old Andretti said. “It’s been a long time since I’ve been a rookie at Indianapolis.”

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The Race All-Star Esports Series brings together the leading stars in the world of motorsports. Racers representing Formula 1, IndyCar, sports cars, and more will participate in the simulated Indianapolis Motor Speedway event.

Torque Esports is putting the event together. The three-hour event will air live on ESPN in the United States. It’s also on Eurosport in the UK and on The-Race.com’s YouTube page. It kicks off at noon Eastern on May 23.