One of Our Favorite Car TV Shows Made an Indy 500 Special

The Proving Grounds Indy 500 Special, featuring R&T editor-at-large Sam Smith, airs Wednesday May 22nd at 6:30 PM eastern on NBC Sports. There will be brick kissing.

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NBC Sports' Proving Grounds is one of our favorite automotive TV shows. We have to admit a little bias because it features R&T editor-at-large Sam Smith hosting, but it really is good fun to watch. Typically, it's filmed in California, but the show went East, to Indiana, to film an Indy 500 special.

The show's typical format of putting various cars through an obstacle course has been adapted to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. All of the obstacles are Indy 500 themed—there's an eight-foot-tall milk bottle to drive around, Firestone tires to slalom through, a giant BorgWarner trophy replica, and a bunch of fake Canadian geese. Oh, and there will be brick kissing.

Smith hosts the show alongside NASCAR racer Parker Kligerman and sports-car racer/911-safari-builder Leh Keen. The cars featured in this episode are pretty spectacular, too—a Corvette Grand Sport, a Honda Civic TCR race car, a 1967 Brawner Hawk raced by Mario Andretti, and the 1912 Indy 500-winning National. For the National, Keen needed a riding mechanic, so he tapped 2013 Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan to do the job.

The Proving Grounds Indy 500 special will air on Wednesday, May 22nd at 6:30 PM eastern on NBC Sports. And of course, the 103rd running of the Indy 500 will be broadcast on NBC at 12:00 PM eastern on Sunday, May 26th.

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