Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) Chairman Roger Penske and President J. Douglas Boles personally welcomed fans back to the Racing Capital of the World for the first time in 2020 on Thursday, Oct. 1.
The opening day for the INDYCAR Harvest GP presented by GMR weekend marked the first time this year that fans have been allowed in the grandstands at IMS to see on-track action, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The anticipation from dedicated race fans resulted in an early-arriving crowd that gathered in a socially distanced line outside of IMS Thursday morning. The loyal fans were excited to enter the gates at the historic Speedway and see INDYCAR racing action.
Penske and Boles celebrated the special day by opening the gates at noon Thursday. The two then showed their appreciation by individually greeting and thanking fans for their continued support.
“Race fans are the lifeblood of what we do, and we would not be here this weekend without the loyal fans that have stood by our side,” Penske said. “We have all missed the fans this season, and I wanted to personally thank each and every one of them who waited in line to enter our beautiful facility. It made me proud to see just how excited our fans are to see INDYCAR racing and how much they care about IMS.”
Visit IMS.com to purchase tickets for the INDYCAR Harvest GP weekend Oct. 2-4, which features the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, and the Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli and its North American counterpart, GT World Challenge America Powered by AWS, in the Indianapolis 8 Hour sports car race.