For the first time this year, Indianapolis Motor Speedway will allow spectators for the IndyCar Harvest GP next month
After the disappointment of running the Indianapolis 500 without any fans, the track’s next event will welcome them back for the next event. The IndyCar Harvest GP weekend from Oct. 1-4 will have up to 10,000 spectators each day after receiving approval from the Marion County Public Health Department.
“We can’t wait to see fans come through our gates for the first time in 2020,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said in a release. “They’ll be greeted by a vastly improved facility, featuring significant upgrades to the spectator experience. We’re also extremely grateful to have a presenting sponsor with the expertise and resources of GMR as we look to implement our detailed and comprehensive health and safety plan.”
Strict health and safety rules will be in place, including the following: Face coverings must be worn throughout the property at all times, all fans will receive temperature screenings before gate entry, grandstand seats will be marked for distancing, and attendees must use pre-assigned gates and remain in their designated zones.
The INDYCAR Harvest GP will pay tribute to a storied IMS event, the Harvest Classic in September 1916. The Harvest Classic was the only racing event held outside of May at IMS from 1911 through 1993. The event featured three races, all won by legendary driver Johnny Aitken.
Tickets are available now via IMS.com and sold on a first-come, first-served basis.
The weekend will be jam-packed with several different events. The IndyCar Harvest GP is a doubleheader with the first race airing at 3:30 p.m. ET Friday, Oct. 2 on USA Network. NBC will broadcast the second race at 2:30 p.m. ET Saturday, Oct. 3.
Also racing that weekend will be the first pairing of two major sports car series — the Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli and its North American counterpart, GT World Challenge America Powered by AWS. Former Indianapolis 500 pole winner Ryan Briscoe is among the drivers in the Indianapolis 8 Hour event held Sunday, Oct. 4.
The event also will showcase drivers in SRO America’s Pirelli GT4 America, GT Sports Club America and the TC America series.
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