Indianapolis 500 to Happen in August with a 50% Fan Capacity

It’s official – Indianapolis 500 will take place on Sunday, August 23 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The same day, NASCAR will have its Drydene 400 race at the Dover International Speedway.

The 104th edition of Indianapolis 500 was postponed from Memorial Day weekend in May due to the COVID-19 crisis. The same is the reason why the event will have a 50% fan capacity.

115,000 Fans to Attend Indy 500

Instead of as much as 230,000 spectators, this year, Indy 500 will have about 115,000 spectators in the stands.

We’re committed to running the Indy 500 on Sunday, Aug. 23, and will welcome fans to the world’s greatest racing venue,

Indianapolis Motor Speedway CEO Douglas Boles said on Friday.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s policy in the last couple of years has been not to disclose any attendance figures. Nevertheless, it’s estimated that the lowest attendance in the previous decade was around 225,000.

The highest attendance in recent times was recorded at the 100th Indy 500 event back in 2016 when roughly 350,000 people watched the race in person.

The Greatest Spectacle in Racing

The Indianapolis 500 a.k.a. Indy 500 is an annual automobile race, traditionally held over Memorial Day weekend. The race is a part of the IndyCar Series, which is the highest level of American Championship Car racing (Indy Car Racing).

Same as always, Indy 500 is taking place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This track nicknamed the Brickyard as its surface used to be paved in brick in the early 1900s. There’s still a yard of the brick surface at the start and the finish line.

The Indianapolis 500 race is dubbed The Greatest Spectacle in Racing. Together with Monaco Grand Prix and 24 Hours of Le Mans, Indy 500 comprises the Triple Crown of Motorsport.

Fernando Alonso at Indy 500

The two-time Formula 1 champ is going back to Indianapolis to try his luck once again at Indy 500. This is going to be his third attempt.

It’s needless to say that Alonso is super-motivated to win the race, the same as any driver in the competition. However, the 38-year-old Spaniard has a special motive to win this race.

He’s already won Le Mans and the Monaco GP (two times each). This means that winning Indy 500 would put him in the history books of motorsports as only the second person to win the Triple Crown of Motorsport.

Still, online bookmakers don’t think the McLaren driver is going to do too well in the August race. Judging by the betting odds, he’s only the ninth-favorite.

Indianapolis 500 Odds

Even though the news of Indy 500 taking place in August has been released this weekend, online sportsbooks were fast to release their betting odds.

Check out the list of favorites to win Indy 500, according to the data provided by MyBookie.ag:

  • Will Power +750
  • Alexander Rossi +800
  • Josef Newgarden +900
  • Simon Pagenaud +900
  • Scott Dixon +900
  • Colton Herta +1200
  • Helio Castroneves +1400
  • Ryan Hunter-Reay +1600
  • Fernando Alonso +1800