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Indy500 to allow fans, attendance to be decided

View of tower during race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Indianapolis, IN 8/23/2020 CREDIT: Fred Vuich (Photo by Fred Vuich /Sports Illustrated via Getty Images) (Set Number: X163335 TK1 )

The public attendance for one of the biggest races in motorsports, the Indianapolis 500, is still under review, with a decision coming in the “next couple of weeks,” according to Indiana’s Governor.

The 2020 edition of the Indianapolis 500 was made behind closed doors due to the Coronavirus pandemic, with the race also being delayed to a later date.

Now, the governor of Indiana and the event organizers are evaluating the comeback of fans to the track, but still under a limited number as the pandemic continues strong in the US.

“From our standpoint, we have been working very closely with the state of Indiana,” said Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles. “The Governor wants as many people here as possible. We are also working with the city of Indianapolis.

“The metrics in the state of Indiana are up a little bit from where they were a few weeks ago, but still are in a much better place than we were a year ago. All of these vaccinations coming on board, we are really confident in making those plans.

“We are still looking at a couple of weeks before we know exactly what things look like, but we are really confident. Roger Penske is 100 percent focused on as many fans in the stands as we can have, and we don’t want to do a second year without fans.

We are going to have fans here.

“All of the protocols will be determined in the next couple of weeks.”

Governor Eric Holcomb said the decision on allowing fans will be directly affected by the Coronavirus metrics in the state.

“It’s like various events, whether it is March Madness or the Indianapolis 500, we look at what leads and drives the slope of the positivity rate that has to do with the hospitalizations, the deaths and the spread,” he said. “Has it plateaued or not and where is that slope? We are monitoring what’s happening on a daily basis. Then, we share that with community leaders and elected officials and boards of health, what is on the horizon. It is one elaborate equation that will drive us on the results and the decision.”

“We will call the strategy for the race to get vaccinated (…) This is a team effort, and a lot of data will be crunched, and the responsible decision will be made together.

“It will put a lot of joy into people’s hearts to know that we can do things and pull this off. It’s part of our DNA to prove that it can be done in a safe way. It will mean a lot,” he concluded.

This article was edited on April 10 at 9:32 PM Eastern Time to correct a paragraph that stated governor Holcomb said attendants would have to be vaccinated. This was a misinterpretation from ASN’s side.

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