SPEEDWAY, Ind. (WISH) – Indianapolis Motor Speedway prepares for the 105th Indy 500.
This year is certainly different than last year, when no fans were allowed to take part in the race. On May 30th there will be 135,000 people on the route, which is only 40% of the normal 300,000. But the route will still be occupied almost identically to a normal year.
They will open every major booth, almost every concession booth, and all toilets. More than 5,000 people will tackle these trails on race day. They will also measure temperatures and check coolers.
A disinfection plan is already in place. Staff focus on touchpoints where customers gather. Plus, a thorough cleaning of all types of food and a plan to make sure grocery delivery is safe.
There will be a few fewer lanes on the track. All gates will be open, but there will be around 120 access lanes versus the normal 200.
According to Doug Boles, president of IMS, employees had to plan in five weeks, which usually takes five or six months.
“We’re still asking our customers who have Indy 500 tickets to be patient as we literally go through each section and ship those tickets out as soon as they’re ready, and it’s a long process,” he said. “We usually deliver these blue envelopes and everything and everyone gets them at the same time. So we want to keep letting everyone know that they are patient. I think by the end of this week all tickets will be sent out and you should receive an email to let them know when they are coming. ”
Boles wants to make sure fans know that they are eligible for the GMR Grand Prix, this race and all practice and qualification days up to the 500th practice. The venue is limited to 135,000. Masks are part of the arrangement the track made to hold the event. You want to make sure this is a safe transition from no fans to many fans. IMS track officials hope this will spark other big events across the country.
The route encourages people to get a COVID-19 vaccine. You will have multiple locations within the venue to get the shot on race day. There are also offers on training and qualification days.