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Motor sports insider Nathan Brown discusses the decision not to have fans for the 2020 Indianapolis 500.

Indianapolis Star

The Indianapolis 500 will be held without fans in attendance this year, due to growing health and safety concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced Tuesday.

Consequently, 2020 becomes the first time in the race’s 109-year history fans won’t be in the grandstands around the 2.5-mile oval to watch the race live.

“What I hope people recognize is that we’ve done everything possible to be able to do it with fans,” Penske Entertainment Corp. president and CEO Mark Mark Miles told IndyStar on Tuesday. “This plan will go down as the model for how to do a mass gathering under these circumstances if it were possible.

“We’ve said all along that we had to hang in there and see if the public health situation would allow us