Indy 500 Coverage Sports Talk Florida

102nd Indy 500 starts at noon on 1040 AM Tampa Bay

Memorial Day Weekend means a lot of things.  Hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill, the unofficial start of summer, warmer weather, barbecues, good friends and good times.  Sunday also marks the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500, and Sports Talk Florida is Tampa Bay’s home for the great race.  Coverage starts at noon on Sports Talk AM 1040 Tampa Bay and continues throughout the race, and all week, we at Sports Talk Florida have been running interviews with drivers.


Marco Andretti is the latest entry in the Andretti racing dynasty.  Andretti has been on the Indy circuit since 2006, but of course his family has had a much longer history in racing.  His father, Michael Andretti, was one of the stars of his era in IndyCar racing, and of course his grandfather Mario is one of the biggest names in any auto racing circuit.  Does Marco consider those big shoes to fill, or is he eager to continue a family tradition?  After twelve years on the circuit, he has established himself as a mainstay.

Sebastien Bourdais might be from France, but in recent years he has been St. Pete’s own IndyCar racer and a master of the streets of St. Petersburg.  He has won the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg twice, and he sat down with our own Jim Williams this week to discuss the upcoming Indy 500.

Takuma Sato is an eight year veteran of IndyCar, and he has won two races on the circuit including last year’s win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  At 41, IndyCar is just the latest stop in a long racing career that includes a significant amount of time in Formula One, yet he enters Indianapolis a year after the greatest moment in his career.  Has Sato found a new gear after years of racing in the world’s top circuits?

Enjoy the race, and enjoy Memorial Day Weekend!

Tim Williams has been covering sports since his days as a student at Northeastern University covering events such as the Beanpot. In the thirteen years since, he has covered college hockey, the NFL, Major League Baseball, the PGA Tour, and the National Hockey League. A native of the Tampa Bay area, Tim has returned home after living much of his life in the northeast, including sixteen years in the Boston area. These days the Managing Editor of Sports Talk Florida can be found on Florida's golf courses when he's not working.