Release from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

August 4th, 2020
Dear Race Fan
We greatly regret to inform you that the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge will take place on Aug. 23 without fans at the venue. This also includes all practice, qualifying and Miller Lite Carb Day activities. As a passionate IMS fan myself, I want you to know that this very difficult decision was made following careful consideration and extensive consultation with state and city leadership.I know how much many of you have been looking forward to attending this year’s race in person, and please know that all of us at the Speedway appreciate your patience and support throughout the last few months. The experiences at IMS and on Indy 500 Race Day are like none other, from the opening cannon to the checkered flag. But more than anything, it is the passion of our fans that has elevated the Indy 500 to its one-of-a-kind status at the pinnacle of sport.If you are a current Indy 500 customer, please know that you will receive an IMS account credit for your tickets to all August events and all related items (badges/credentials, parking, camping, etc.), and you will retain your seniority and your original May seating location for 2021. You will receive a follow-up email with details later this week on next steps regarding your 2021 Indy 500 renewal.As dedicated as we were to running the Indy 500 with 25% attendance at our large outdoor facility, even with meaningful and careful precautions implemented by the city and state, the COVID-19 trends in Marion County and Indiana have worsened. Since our June 26 announcement, the number of cases in Marion County has tripled while the positivity rate has doubled. We said from the beginning of the pandemic we would put the health and safety of our community first, and while hosting spectators at a limited capacity with our robust plan in place was appropriate in late June, it is no longer the right path forward based on the current environment.The Penske Corporation has made a long-term investment to be the steward of our legendary facility, and we were very excited to showcase the many investments and enhancements we have made over the last eight months. As much as Roger and all of us associated with the “500” wanted to race with fans this year, we ultimately reached this conclusion in partnership with the state of Indiana and city of Indianapolis.Our commitment to the Speedway is unwavering, and we will continue to invest in the Racing Capital of the World. While it won’t be the same as walking through the gates at IMS and watching from your seats, we encourage you to watch this year’s race on NBC and we look forward to welcoming all of you back to “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” on Sunday, May 30, 2021.Thank you again for your patience and support, and we hope you and your loved ones continue to stay safe and healthy this summer.Sincerely,J. Douglas Boles, IMS President