Indianapolis 500 miles to be contested behind closed doors

The big event of the season IndyCar, the 500 miles from Indianapolis, which annually drain more than 300,000 people, will be held behind closed doors on August 23, in the face of the still significant spread of the coronavirus pandemic across the Atlantic.

Penske Corporation, owner of the series and the Indianapolis complex, confirmed the information on Tuesday. « Dedicated to competing in the race this year with 25% attendance at our outdoor facilities, including with significant precautions implemented by city and state, trends around Covid-19 in Marion County and in Indiana got worse, indicates the promoter.

Since our June 26 announcement, the number of cases in Marion County has tripled while the rate of positive cases has doubled. We said from the start of the pandemic that we would prioritize the health and safety of our community, and while accommodating spectators with limited capacity through our plan was appropriate at the end of June, it wasn’t. is not the right way to go based on the current environment. « 

The television broadcast will be available on NBC in the United States, Canal + having the rights for the French market. Note that holders of a ticket for the 2020 edition will keep their sesame for 2021. The first tests will begin on August 12.

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