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Roger Penske to Indianapolis 500 fans: 'I wanted you here'

The seats will be empty — and for the first time we know how many seats there are

Roger Penske will not pretend he is not disappointed he can't open the gates to spectators for his first Indianapolis 500 as steward of the iconic event. Penske purchased Indianapolis Motor Speedway in January and spent an additional $15 million on capital improvements for an enhanced fan experience. Without fans roaming the property and celebrating at downtown Indianapolis establishments, the buildup to Sunday's race has lacked the energy that elevates the Indy 500 into a world-class event.

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Indy 500's TV audience on Sunday could set a record

Sports-starved audience will tune in, though some traditions will be missing

Everything was new to Mike Tirico when he walked past the famed pagoda that dominates the front stretch at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, assumed his broadcast perch high above pit lane and proceeded to host his first Indy 500. One year after NBC assumed the rights from longtime broadcaster ABC, the network is preparing to bring one of the iconic events in sports to a potentially record-setting television audience Sunday.

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An Andretti wins family's first Indy 500 pole position in 33 years

'He's seriously focused on winning the 500,' Marco's grandfather Mario says

Marco Andretti was 2 months old the last time his venerable racing family led the field to green at the Indianapolis 500. In this strange pandemic-plagued season, he ended a 33-year Andretti drought by winning the pole. Jeff Andretti went 0 for 3.

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Marco Andretti leads Honda rout over Chevy in Indy 500 qualifying

'Is Chevy sandbagging? Is it too good to be true?'

Marco Andretti led a Honda rout on the first day of Indianapolis 500 qualifying — a session dominated by Andretti Autosport and Honda as Team Penske was shut out of pole contention. The fastest nine advance to a Sunday shootout that determines the first three rows for the Indy 500.

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Marco Andretti breaks 233 mph on Indy 500 Fast Friday

Others clock 231: 'Going 231 around Indianapolis? Man, this is fun'

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Indy 500 scraps plan for spectators as COVID-19 surges in Indiana

World's biggest single-day sports event will be the world's smallest this year

With the COVID-19 pandemic raging in several regions of the United States and having already claimed over 150,000 lives, IMS said it was an abundance of caution that prompted them to abandon efforts to have fans at the Aug. 23 event. Indiana is one of the regions seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases, with IMS noting in a statement that in Marion County, where the organisation is located, the number of cases has tripled and the positivity rate has doubled. "As dedicated as we were to running the rac

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Indy 500 postponed until August because of coronavirus

Penske makes the call to delay his first Indy 500 as owner

The Indianapolis 500 was postponed Thursday until August because of the coronavirus pandemic and won't run on Memorial Day weekend for the first time since 1946. “The month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is my favorite time of year, and like our fans, I am disappointed that we have had to reschedule the Indianapolis 500,” said motorsports giant Roger Penske, who finalized his purchase of IndyCar and Indianapolis Motor Speedway earlier this year. The Indianapolis 500 began in 1911 bu

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IndyCar joins other racing series by going virtual

Last Sunday's NASCAR race was the most-watched esports event in U.S. history

IndyCar isn't sure when it can get its cars on track to officially start the season. IndyCar's first iRacing event will be Saturday with a 25-car field. IndyCar, like all sports, has been idled during the coronavirus pandemic, which hit the United States just as the series was ready to open its season.

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Alonso and McLaren will give the Indy 500 another shot

'We have unfinished business with Fernando' after last year's fiasco

Fernando Alonso will again attempt to complete motorsports' Triple Crown with a return to the Indianapolis 500 in May with McLaren. The team failed to qualify Alonso for the race last season in a spectacular comedy of errors, including not having its car properly prepared to put the two-time Formula One champion in the field. “We beat ourselves,” McLaren CEO Zak Brown said Tuesday.

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Penske plans to spend big as Indy owner, maybe bring a 24-hour race or F1

'We're looking forward to seeing what we can do to make IndyCar even stronger'

McLaren will return to IndyCar racing full-time after 40 years

For one thing, it's a way to better ensure Alonso qualifies at the Indy 500

Indy 500 Racer Turned Drug Trafficker Getting Early Release From Prison

Rookie of the Year at the 1986 Indianapolis 500 funded career with multi-million dollar drug ring

Racing drivers live the fast life, but it's not all glory and fame. That's especially true of Randy Lanier – the former professional racing driver was sentenced in 1988 to life without parole on drug trafficking charges. But now he's being released.

Monterey 2010: A century of Indianapolis 500 entrants féted at Pebble

Indianapolis 500 100th Anniversary at Pebble Beach – Click above for high-res image gallery

IndyCar no longer content with crowning single champion, moving to three?

What, Danica Patrick's inclusion in the sport isn't enough to generate sufficient interest? Guess not. Seemingly in an attempt to generate some additional excitement in the 17-race 2010 IndyCar Series schedule, Randy Bernard, first-year chief executive of the Indy Racing League, has announced that there will be three different winners after the season is done and over with. Why? We'll let

2010 Camaro Indy 500 pace car entering limited production

2010 Chevrolet Camaro Indianapolis 500 Pace Car - Click above for high-res image gallery

VIDEO: Go Daddy teases raciest-yet Danica Patrick ad for Indy 500

GoDaddy and Danica: Click above to view the commercial after the jump

Camaro nabs another pace car job - this time Indy 500

Click above for high-res gallery of the 2009 Chevy Camaro Indy Pace Car

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