The 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge is just three weeks away. The NTT IndyCar Series was due to head to the Mid Ohio Sportscar course next week for the Honda Indy 200 doubleheader however the races were postponed until at least mid or late September.
The Indianapolis 500 is due to go ahead as planned on Sunday August 23 with fans expected to attend the race at just 25 percent of the total capacity of the Speedway.
Speaking to CBS Sports in June, Roger Penske owner of IndyCar and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway said:
Trust me, we are going to run it [Indianapolis 500] with fans. “We’re on for fans in August and planning on it and we feel good. It’s still almost three months from now and I think we’ll be OK. But we will run it only with fans.”
Penske went on to say:
We’re doing everything we can and I hope everyone realizes how far we’ve come. We’ve got ’til the end of August and that’s plenty of time. I think our fans are going to like what they see.
The rate of COVID 19 infections has increased rapidly since Penske made his comments and as Paddock Eye reported on Saturday night there have been nearly 900 cases reported in Indiana alone. The races at Mid Ohio have been postponed but as it stands the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 will go ahead with fans.
Fernando Alonso is due to fly to US in preparation for the Indianapolis 500 next week.