2020 YEAR IN REVIEW: Delayed 500 runs without fans

Roger Penske, the new owner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, desperately tried to run the Indianapolis 500 with fans in the stands, but the pandemic prevented it.

Penske shifted the race, originally scheduled for May 24, to Aug. 23, in hopes that doing so would provide time for the pandemic to ebb, clearing the way for fans to attend.

In June, the IMS said it planned to run the race at 50% capacity. It lowered that figure to 25% later that month before announcing the zero-fan plan on Aug. 4.

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