Indy Speedway races on July 4 could have fans in plan
WASHINGTON: Indianapolis Motor Speedway Could become America's first major sports center USA from the coronavirus pandemic shutdown to welcome viewers under a plan announced by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb.
Holcomb unveiled a five-stage plan on Friday for Indiana to get back on track with all areas of the state reaching the final level, which includes a return to sporting events, on July 4, the Holiday of the Day of the Independence of the United States. .
That Saturday is also the date that the road course, home to the classic Indianapolis 500 mile oval, has scheduled a double bill with IndyCar and US stock car events on your route.
While the social distance guidelines would remain in effect in the fifth stage, the plan would allow viewers in parts of the sprawling stands around the famous 2 1/2 mile (4 km) oval.
Of course, this roadmap is subject to change, Holcomb warned. New guidance is provided regularly and more is known about this disease every day, so it will be updated along the way.
The virus has forced the speedway to shuffle its normal race schedule, with the 104th Indianapolis 500 shifted from May 24 to August 23 and IndyCar 's Grand Prix of Indianapolis shifted from May 9 to July 4 alongside the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing ( NASCAR ) event.
IndyCar is scheduled to return June 6 at Fort Worth, Texas, with late-June stops at Road America in Wisconsin and Richmond, Virginia, but no existing plan would allow for spectators to attend as stay-at-home rules remain in effect across most of the United States.
NASCAR has announced plans for four elite-level races and seven in all on tracks in North and South Carolina in May, but all would be run without spectators.
The US PGA Tour has also scheduled a comeback for June, but plans to host its first four events without viewers. As of now, the first scheduled tournament that could allow fans would be the John Deere Classic July 9-12 in Silvis, Illinois.