As of this upcoming weekend, both IndyCar and NASCAR will have resumed races without any spectators at the tracks.
Despite being almost three months away, the state of Indiana's reopening plan would allow for fan attendance at the Indy 500, provided further outbreaks do not occur, and with social distancing employed. But Marion County, where Indianapolis is located, is running 10 days behind most counties in the state in the reopening plan, meaning there is no guarantee the track could have fans on July 4 weekend.
"After extensive consultation with local and state health officials, we have made the hard decision to run these events without fans in the stands due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic". President & CEO Mark Miles said. "This was a collaborative process and a decision we're all aligned with after thorough review of the situation".
The Brickyard 400 won't have spectators but it sounds like the Indy 500 will.
The headlining event of the weekend on July 5 has been renamed the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 Powered by Big Machine Records, in recognition of the company's ongoing efforts to support the supply chain of hand sanitizer available to the public.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway will host the IndyCar-NASCAR doubleheader on the July 4 weekend without fans. And on October 3, the NTT INDYCAR Series will return again to IMS for the INDYCAR Harvest GP.
"Thanks to the many investments and improvements underway at IMS, the facility has never looked better, and we can't wait to share it with you later this year", Boles states. Due to that decision, and in accordance with local social distancing guidelines, other public events have been canceled.
In addition, track officials have also announced the cancelation of the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series BC39 event at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the FGL Fest concert. Fans who have purchased tickets to these events also will have the option to receive credit to a future IMS event or a refund and will be contacted directly by IMS. We are, however, excited that all three races will be broadcast on NBC and hope you will tune in throughout the holiday weekend.