Day: August 5, 2020

Indy 500 scraps plan for spectators as COVID-19 surges in Indiana

The Indianapolis 500 will not have any spectators in attendance after the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) reversed direction on Tuesday, having originally planned for close to 100,000 fans at the race which has been rescheduled for later this month.

With the COVID-19 pandemic raging in several regions of the United States and having already claimed over 150,000 lives, IMS said it was an abundance of caution that prompted it to abandon efforts to have fans at the Aug. 23 event.

Indiana is one of the regions seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases, with IMS noting in a statement that in Marion County, where the organization is located, the number of cases has tripled and the positivity rate has doubled.

“As dedicated as we were to running the race this year with 25 percent attendance at our large outdoor facility, even