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2012 Indy 500 Qualifying, Pole Day: Start Time, TV Schedule, Radio And More

The 2012 Indy 500 isn't until next Sunday, May 27, but the race's pole positions will be set at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with the winner taking home a cool $100,000 along with the top pole position in Sunday's race.

The pole races start at 10 a.m. CT, with the winer ultimately being decided somewhere around 5 p.m. CT. Here SB Nation's Bill Potter on how things will play out today:

Qualifications start at 11 a.m. ET on Saturday, with the top 24 spots in the field of 33 being filled by 4 p.m. ET. At 4:30, the top nine speeds will compete for the pole. By 6, the pole will be won; the prediction here is that Castroneves will once again be the driver sitting on the inside of Row 1 by the end of the day.

Qualifying date/time: Saturday, May 19, 11 a.m. CT

Location: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis, Ind.

TV: NBC Sports Network

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage of the 2012 Indy 500, head over to Indy racing blog Pop Off Valve.