Fact box: 105th edition of the Indianapolis 500

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Fact box: 105th edition of the Indianapolis 500

May 22, 2021; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Meyer Shank racing driver Helio Castroneves (6) on the track on day one of qualifying for the 2021 Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

The following are the facts and figures prior to the 105th edition of the Indianapolis 500 known as “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing”.

WHEN: Sunday May 30th

WHERE: Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) in Indiana

* Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Indy 500 will be the most popular sporting event in the IMS with 135,000 spectators – approx. 40% capacity.

Spectators must wear face covers while the infield is closed to fans.

* Carb Day on Friday, Legends Day on Saturday and Snake Pit concerts on Sunday have been canceled this year.

* Under normal circumstances, the 559-acre IMS, which is large enough to house Vatican City, Yankee Stadium, Churchill Downs, the Roman Coliseum, and Rose Bowl, can accommodate around 400,000 people, including workers.

* The 2021 edition of the race, which is the main event in the IndyCar series, is slated to be an 804 km run that will require contestants to complete 200 laps of the 2.5 mile route.

* The winner of the race receives the Borg Warner Trophy and usually chugs from a liter of milk or drinks on Victory Lane, a tradition that has been part of every race since 1956.

The roots of the tradition go back longer when Louis Meyer celebrated his second Indy 500 success in 1933 with a glass of buttermilk and drank milk from a large bottle, when he triumphed again three years later.

* New Zealander Scott Dixon, the 2008 winner, will start from pole position for the fourth time in his career, while two-time Japanese winner Takuma Sato will defend his title from 15th place on the 33-car grid.

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