Penske’s heartfelt message to Indy 500 fans: “I wanted you here”

The Friday before the 500, Carb Day, is traditionally one that attracts fans who can watch the 33-car IndyCar field practice for the race for the last time, watch the Freedom 100 Indy Lights race, the Pitstop Competition on pitlane, and then head off before going to watch various famous acts in concert inside the track.

This year, due to the effects of COVID-19, the Speedway has been closed to the public throughout practice and qualifying and will remain so for Carb Day and the race. Roger Penske addressed this matter with the following letter:

Dear Indianapolis Motor Speedway Fan, 

I will miss you on Sunday. 

Believe me, there is no one more than me who wanted fans to be able to watch the 104th Running of the Indy 500 in person.

It is disappointing to run the event without all of you here, but I know our drivers are determined and ready to put on a world-class show for everyone watching at home. 

Especially now, during these difficult times, gathering with friends and loved ones for cherished traditions means so much. Hundreds of thousands of fans return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway every year, savoring the final note of “Back Home Again in Indiana” and cheering for some of the world’s greatest drivers. The roar of the crowd goes with the roar of the engines. I wanted you here.


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