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Indianapolis Motor Speedway Plans For The Indy 500

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SPEEDWAY, IN (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is initiating a number of protocols to comply with health guidelines to hold the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500.  The guidelines were established to comply with CDC, State of Indiana and Marion County regulations.

“We will welcome fans to the ‘500’ based on a highly detailed, careful plan that was developed in collaboration with national, state and local health experts,” said Mark Miles, President & CEO of Penske Entertainment Corp.

Details of the plan include:

  • Attendance will be at approximately 25-percent of capacity.
  • Seats will be reassigned to provide greater distancing.
  • Masks will be mandated throughout the entire venue, both indoors and outdoors.
  • Everyone will have their temperature checked prior to entering the Speedway and anyone with a temperature in excess of 100.4 will be prohibited from entering.
  • All drinking fountains and misting stations will be removed.
  • Capacity limits on elevators will be enforced.
  • Signage will be displayed throughout the facility to encourage healthy practices.
  • Many activities have been cancelled to avoid crowding including all concerts, the VIP Red Carpet, the Indiana Press Foundation’s Last Row Party, Legends Day, Autograph sessions and the 500 Festival Parade.
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“Everything will be different about this year’s race, from the reduced crowd size, to a new distanced seating arrangement to mandatory masks and a live broadcast throughout Central Indiana,” said Miles.

Miles and Speedway President J. Douglas Boles expect race fans to adhere to protocols and said there will be levels of progressive enforcement that includes asking people to leave the facility.

“We think it’s important to welcome race fans to the ‘500’ and to demonstrate that America, Indiana and Indianapolis do not need to shut down,” said Miles.

Practice for the Indianapolis 500 opens on Tuesday, August 11 thru Friday, August 14.  Crown Royal Armed Forces Qualifying weekend will be August 15-16 followed by Miller Lite Carb Day Friday, August 21 and the Indy 500 August 23.

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INDYCAR Community Reacts To No Fans At Indy 500

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The INDYCAR community is reacting to the news that the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has decided to run the Indy 500 on August 23 without fans in attendance.  The decision is a reversal of a plan set forth a few weeks ago where the event would be run in front of 25-percent of the capacity of the Speedway.

Speedway President J. Douglas Boles, who has been a guest on The Pittsburgh Racing Now Podcast, is appreciative of his team and the fans:

Rahal Letterman Lanigan’s Graham Rahal took to social media to make some great points:

Spencer Pigot who drives for Steelers minority owner Rob Citrone and Robbie Buhl’s team Citrone Buhl Autosport with RLL also took to Twitter to express his feelings:

Chip Ganassi Racing’s Marcus Ericsson also weighed in:

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Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Real and Alexander Rossi, two former 500 winners had this to say:

Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden, who’s boss owns the Speedway has a great idea:

Stay tuned to Pittsburgh Racing Now for updated comments from the INDYCAR Community

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No Fans At Indianapolis 500 in 2020

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is cancelling plans to have fans at the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 mile race.

“It is with great regret that we announce the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 will take place on Aug. 23 without fans.  This tough decision was made following careful consideration and extensive consultation with state and city leadership” the Speedway said in a statement.

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“As dedicated as we were to running the race this year with 25 percent attendance at our large outdoor facility, even with meaningful and careful precautions implemented by the city and state, the COVID-19 trends in Marion County and Indiana have worsened.  Since our June 26 announcement, the number of cases in Marion County has tripled while the positivity rate has doubled.  We said from the beginning of the pandemic we would put the health and safety of our community first, and while hosting spectators at a limited capacity with our robust plan in place was appropriate in late June, it is not the right path forward based on the current environment.”

The Speedway is closing all on-track activity to the general public, including practice and qualifications.  Ticket holders will be credited for the 2021 Indianapolis 500 and will retain their seniority and their originally assigned seats.

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The Pittsburgh Racing Now Podcast – Episode 15 – Aaron Reutzel, Matthew Dillner, Chip Ganassi and more!

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The latest edition of The Pittsburgh Racing Now Podcast features the 2-time and defending Champion of the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 Aaron Reutzel.  We also talk to Matthew Dillner of Dirty Mo Media about the new show he co-hosts with Dale Earnhardt Jr.  Chip Ganassi takes his own trip down memory lane and we hear from Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials about safety protocols in place at this year’s Indy 500.

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