The 2021 edition of the Indianapolis 500, which will take place on May 30, will allow up to 135.000 viewers, the largest crowd at a sporting event in the United States since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The figure represents only 40% of the capacity of the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where the traditional test is disputed. The 2,5-mile (4 km) oval will feature strict safety protocols in its 105th version.
"The city and state (Indiana) have worked with us to identify proper health and safety precautions so that we can successfully host a limited but very enthusiastic crowd." he pointed Douglas boles, President of the IMS.
"Our fans are everything to us and we can't wait to welcome them to this year's Indy 500," He added.
Will be required face masks and temperature controls to enter the facility. Social distancing will also be established between the groups in the stands. Frequent cleaning and sanitation processes with hand sanitizer and washing stations available throughout the track will also be implemented. The regular concerts held on race weekend were canceled.
The IMS will continue to serve as a mass vaccination site for COVID-19 from April 24 to May 27, which includes some times when the cars will be practicing and in qualifying tests.
The Japanese pilot Takuma Sato will try to defend his title won in 2020 and achieve his third victory in five seasons, despite the fact that no one has won the prestigious test two years in a row since the Brazilian Helio Castroneves en 2001 y 2002.