The Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced on Thursday evening that for the first time since 2016, the local television blackout has been lifted for this weekend’s 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge as a result of the race reaching capacity due to the pandemic.

In a statement, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway said:

We’ve hit our capacity for this year’s Indianapolis 500 and look forward to hosting 135,000 fans at the world’s largest sporting event since the pandemic began. We’re thrilled to welcome fans ‘Back Home Again’ and appreciate our loyal customers and their continued support.

With no more tickets available and 40 percent of venue capacity reached we have decided to lift the local broadcast delay for this year’s race. Central Indiana spectators will be able to tune in on NBC beginning at 11 a.m. We look forward to an exciting and historic edition of the Indy 500 this weekend.

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