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News Coronavirus: Indy 500 for the first time without on-site viewers!

21:15  04 august  2020
21:15  04 august  2020 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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Without the COVID 19 pandemic, this year's edition of the 500 miles from Indianapolis at the traditional end of May would once again be on the spot for hundreds of thousands -Lookers went across the stage.

After the outbreak of the pandemic, the Penske Group, as the owner of the IndyCar series and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, then announced that on 's new appointment in August before , it would drive about 50 percent of the spectator capacity of the 2.5-mile oval . These plans were corrected a few weeks ago on about 25 percent spectator capacity. But it doesn't stop there either.

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Because as announced on Tuesday, the 104th edition of the Indy 500 will be the first to take place entirely without on-site spectators. The race on August 23 will be held as a "ghost race" and thus as a pure TV event. The reason for this is the rapid increase in the number of infections in the US state of Indiana.

"It is with great regret that we are announcing that the 104th edition of the Indianapolis 500 will take place on August 23 without fans. This difficult decision was made after careful consideration and extensive consultation with the state and city boards," said current statement.

"As we have committed ourselves this year to the race with 25 percent spectator capacity at our large racing facility, the COVID-19 numbers in Marion County and Indiana have deteriorated so much. Since our announcement on June 26th the number of cases in Marion County tripled. "

In connection with the decision to host this year's Indy 500 as a "ghost race", the schedule for the training week has also been slightly adjusted. The first free practice session will only take place on Wednesday, August 12th. The training was originally scheduled for Tuesday, August 11th.

And there is something else to be found in the statement made on Tuesday, namely the targeted race date for the 105th edition of the Indy 500. It is Sunday, May 30, 2021. At this date you want 'our loyal fans back to the' Greatest Spectacle in Racing 'welcome on site' as it says.

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