The 104th working of the Indianapolis 500 shall be one of the vital uncommon ever.
For the primary time in its historical past, the Indy 500 is being held in August and shall be run with out followers in attendance, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
IndyAutomobile and Indianapolis Motor Speedway proprietor Roger Penske will give the “start your engines” command and wrote to followers:
“It is disappointing to run the event without all of you here, but I know our drivers are determined and ready to put on a world-class show for everyone watching at home.”
So what’s in retailer for everybody watching from residence on Sunday, August 23? Here’s what you need to know.
The Indy 500 begins at 1 p.m. on NBC. TV rankings for qualifying have been up 26 p.c and with the 300,000 followers that might usually be in attendance watching from residence, the Associated Press is predicting huge viewership numbers on race day.
SINGING SURGEONS SALUTE
Mayo Clinic surgeons Dr. Elvis Francois and Dr. William Robison will carry out the nationwide anthem as a salute to America’s first responders on the entrance strains of the COVID-19 combat.
THE ANDRETTI CURSE … OR BLESSING?
Third-generation driver Marco Andretti will begin from pole place, the primary from his household to accomplish that since his grandfather Mario in 1987. No Andretti has received the Indy 500 since Mario’s victory in 1969, however Marco says the household feels blessed to haven’t suffered any tragedies on the observe through the years and hopes the curse does not exist in August.
The 2020 IndyVehicles characteristic a brand new Aeroscreen windshield that is designed to shield drivers from flying particles and in rollover crashes that additionally retains the 240 mph wind out of their faces.
FOURTH TIME’S THE CHARM
Helio Castroneves is the one three-time winner within the discipline and has the prospect to be a part of A.J. Foyt, Rick Mears and Al Unser on the prime of the wins record with 4, however he’ll have his work minimize out for him ranging from 28th place.