The news today that the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Sunday 23 August will be held behind closed doors without fans was absolutely the right and only decision given the current global COVID 19 pandemic.

COVID-19 has caused havoc around the world with thousands of deaths with the United States recording 4.8 million cases and 158,000 deaths. The state of Indiana has 70,944 cases and 2,996 deaths.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is in Marion County where they have had 15,173 cases and 772 deaths.

The racing will be still be fantastic as IndyCar has provided action pacled racing in 2020 and the health and safety of fans, competitors, and the public.

It is tough news for local restaurants and hotels near the Speedway however with lockdowns in place they will recover.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will survive this and IndyCar will due to the broadcast money from NBC Sports coverage of the Greatest Spectacle In Racing.

Fans may be desperately disappointed that they can’t attend the race however the important thing is that fans are protected and are safe.

Defending Indianapolis 500 champion Simon Pagenaud of Team Penske tweeted:

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal tweeted:

Defending IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden commented on Twitter saying:

Andretti Autosport’s  James Hinchcliffe said:

Arrow McLaren SP sent out a series of tweets:

The 104th runnimg of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge takes place on Sunday August 23 and is live on NBC Sport at 1PM ET.

 

 

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