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Penske reverses course, closes Indianapolis 500 to fans

Roger Penske has reversed course and decided not to allow fans at the Indianapolis 500 later this month. The 104th running of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” will be the first without spectators, who showed up at Indianapolis Motor Speedway every year, even during the Great Depression. It was a flip for Penske, who purchased […]

Indianapolis 500 attendance limited to 25% capacity

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Attendance will be limited to 25% capacity for the Indianapolis 500 and spectators will be required to wear face coverings at “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Indianapolis Motor Speedway can hold approximately 350,000 fans in the grandstands, suites and infield, but officials said last month only 50% capacity would be admitted for […]

Indy 500 to reduce capacity to 25 percent, lift blackout

The Indianapolis 500 will limit fan attendance, implement strict testing, social distancing and mask requirements, and lift the local broadcast blackout for just the second time in nearly seven decades when the postponed race is run next month at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Speedway officials released a detailed 88-page plan Wednesday for conducting the 104th edition […]

IndyCar postpones Mid-Ohio doubleheader because of virus

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The IndyCar doubleheader scheduled for Mid-Ohio next weekend has been postponed because of the spike in coronavirus cases across the nation, which means the series won’t race again until the Indianapolis 500 on Aug. 23. Mid-Ohio recently joined Madison, Illinois, […]

NASCAR champ Johnson enamored with IndyCar after test

Jimmie Johnson finally fulfilled his childhood dream of driving an Indy car with a test session Tuesday. When the seven-time NASCAR champion finished turning laps, he was sold on figuring out how to race next year in the IndyCar Series. “It only lit the fire more. I want to do this more than ever before,” […]

Dixon breaks through at Indianapolis with victory in GP

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — It took Scott Dixon 12 years to make a second trip to victory lane at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He’s already plotting a third trip next month. The 2008 Indianapolis 500 winner ended what had been a frustrating quest for a second win at the Brickyard, beating Graham Rahal to the checkered flag […]

IndyCar drivers grateful to have fans back this weekend

Simon Pagenaud says racing hasn’t been quite the same without spectators to cheer the drivers on for the opening stages of the IndyCar season. “It’s strange to go to the track without any fans,” said Peganaud, who ranks second to Scott Dixon in the point standings. “It’s like being at a test session. Without the […]

With fans back, Dixon wins at Road America for 3rd straight

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) — Winning an IndyCar race is nothing new for Scott Dixon, particularly this year. But getting to celebrate as fans cheered him on for the first time all year made his victory Saturday at Road America particularly sweet. “To see fans and hear fans cheering again was definitely a lot of […]

Newgarden gives Penske sweep of Iowa doubleheader

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Josef Newgarden was seething after a fifth-place finish in the opener of the IndyCar doubleheader at Iowa, insisting he had the best car of the night and it was merely misfortune that cost him the win. The two-time series champion left nothing to chance Saturday night. Newgarden started from the pole […]

NASCAR races on at Indy after Johnson contracts coronavirus

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — NASCAR’s extravagant weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway — where the back-and-forth battle between Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin should continue — has been rocked by its first driver testing positive for the coronavirus. Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson will miss what was supposed to be his final Brickyard 400 as he quarantines […]

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