The plan for the Sunday, Could 30 race on the world’s largest sporting facility was developed “in shut session with state and native well being officers and has been authorized by the Marion County Public Well being Division.”
Along with restricted attendance, additional key well being and security measures on the 2.5-mile observe will embrace face coverings required and enforced all through the venue, temperature checks administered upon public gate entry and spacing between buyer teams within the grandstands and all through the venue.
Spectator viewing mounds may also closed to most people all through the Month of Could, with no Race Day Basic Admission tickets bought, and frequent cleansing and sanitation processes in place, with hand sanitiser and washing stations available.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway president J. Douglas Boles stated: “Our followers imply every part to us, and we are able to’t wait to welcome them ‘Again Dwelling Once more’ for this 12 months’s Indy 500.
“Town and state have labored with us to establish the suitable well being and security precautions in order that we are able to efficiently host a restricted however very enthusiastic crowd. The well being and security of everybody coming to IMS, together with Central Indiana and the Hoosier State, have been paramount all through this course of.”
Takuma Sato, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda, Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, and Graham Rahal, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda take the checkered flag
Photograph by: Barry Cantrell / Motorsport Images
“The number-one factor followers can do to make sure an amazing race day is get vaccinated as shortly as attainable,” Penske Leisure president & CEO Mark Miles added. “We proceed to supply vaccinations at IMS and will probably be extending our mass vaccination clinic all through the Month of Could. That is all a part of the hassle to proceed getting Indiana again on observe.”
Along with the deliberate vaccination days at IMS from April 24-30, vaccinations will now be accessible on choose days from Could 1-27, with further particulars forthcoming. IMS and the NTT IndyCar Sequence will unveil a media marketing campaign to encourage race day attendees – and all Hoosiers – to get vaccinated instantly.
“The COVID-19 vaccine is one of the best device we now have to assist us return to the actions we love and have missed during the last 12 months, and each day, extra members of our neighborhood obtain the lifesaving safety it presents thanks partially to neighborhood companions like Roger Penske and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway,” stated Dr. Virginia Caine, director and chief medical officer of the Marion County Public Well being Division.
“Our vaccination charges, mixed with the out of doors nature of the occasion, make it attainable for followers to return to those hallowed grounds for the Indy 500 this 12 months.
“We’re grateful to the IMS staff for his or her collaboration all through this planning course of and recognize their work to make sure vaccines attain our neighbours. I proceed to ask everybody in our neighborhood 16 and older to go to ourshot.in.gov or name 2-1-1 to join the vaccine.”
Followers who don’t at present have Indy 500 tickets and are thinking about attending can apply on-line at ims.com. If further tickets can be found, these followers will probably be given first alternative to finalise purchases. Tickets for all different on-track days stay accessible, and the identical well being precautions for gate entry and grandstand entry will probably be utilized. IMS prospects nonetheless have the choice to roll their 2021 buy into 2022, receiving an IMS occasion credit score relatively than attending this 12 months’s race.
Given the shortage of GA entry in the course of the Month of Could, the normal live shows on Carb Day, Legends Day and Race Day have all been canceled.
Additional particulars about Month of Could and Indy 500 procedures, may be discovered at IMS.com/PlanAhead.
Indiana governor Eric Holcomb commented: “Roger Penske and everybody related to Penske Leisure and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway have been unbelievable companions with us all through the pandemic. It’s excessive time for followers to return to the best motor speedway on this planet with this security plan in place. We’re going to have an amazing Month of Could, so let’s go racing.”
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett added: “At this time’s announcement demonstrates our continued dedication to soundly internet hosting main occasions and showcases the sturdy collaboration between the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and public well being companions. We’re excited to have Race Day again in Could, welcoming followers as we proceed to advertise vaccination for residents and guests alike.”
Final 12 months’s 104th working of the Indy 500 was pushed again to August and was held in empty grandstands. Round 10,000 followers per day have been allowed to attend the Harvest Grand Prix double-header on the IMS street course within the first weekend of October.