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NTT INDYCAR SERIES Drivers to Test Oct. 28-29 on IMS Oval

Carpenter, Dixon, Hunter-Reay, Newgarden, O’Ward, Sato To Prepare for 2021 Indy 500

Preparations for the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge will accelerate during an NTT INDYCAR SERIES oval test on Wednesday, Oct. 28 and Thursday, Oct. 29 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Drivers testing include six-time and 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing, two-time and reigning Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, two-time series champion Josef Newgarden of Team Penske, one-time series champion and 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Autosport, three-time Indianapolis 500 polesitter Ed Carpenter of Ed Carpenter Racing and 2020 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year Pato O’Ward of Arrow McLaren SP.

Newgarden and Sato will test Wednesday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (ET). All six drivers are scheduled to test Thursday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Also, Scott McLaughlin of Team Penske is expected to receive time Wednesday to complete the Rookie Orientation Program.

Fans are welcome to watch testing for free both days from the Turn 2 viewing mounds. Face coverings must be worn at all times and proper social distancing must be adhered to. No food or drinks will be allowed on the mounds. The Turn 2 viewing mounds will be the only part of the facility open to spectators.

All visitors to IMS must enter via Gate 2 off 16th Street and will be subject to temperature screening. Fans are encouraged to follow the IMS social media accounts for weather updates on Wednesday and Thursday.

WHAT: NTT INDYCAR SERIES Oval Test

WHO: Drivers Ed Carpenter, Scott Dixon, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Josef Newgarden, Pato O’Ward and Takuma Sato

WHEN: Testing: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29

Tomorrow at the Track: Sunday, Oct. 4

Sunday, Oct. 4

INDIANAPOLIS, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020 – Information about Indianapolis 8 Hour track activity Sunday, Oct. 4 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway:

SCHEDULE (All times local)

8 a.m.-6 p.m.: Public Gates Open

9-10 a.m.: Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America Pre-Race

10 a.m.-1 p.m.: GT World Challenge America Race

10 a.m.-6 p.m.: Indianapolis 8 Hour Race

TICKETS: All Sunday tickets are general admission, $49. Children 15 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult general admission ticket holder. Tickets can be purchased at IMS.com or at the Ticket Remotes located at Gate 1 and Gate 9.

PUBLIC GATES OPEN (8 a.m.-6 p.m.): Gate 1, Gate 9

GRANDSTANDS OPEN: E Stand, E Penthouse, B Penthouse, J Stand, Northwest Vista

PARKING: Paid public parking is available on the south end of the racetrack in Parcel B and Main Gate parking lots, with ADA parking available in Parcel B. Paid public parking is available on the north end of the racetrack in Lot 1A, with ADA parking available in the Northwest Gravel lot. Parking starts at $20.

MUSEUM HOURS: Closed

HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS: All tickets will be digital or print-at-home. Guests will sit in a socially distanced manner in all grandstands, and seats will be stickered to denote open, available seats. All fans will receive a wristband after passing temperature screening at the gates. Face coverings must be worn throughout the property at all times.

Tomorrow at the Track: Saturday, Oct. 3

Saturday, Oct. 3

INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020 – Information about INDYCAR Harvest GP presented by GMR and Indianapolis 8 Hour track activity Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway:

SCHEDULE (All times local)

8 a.m.-6 p.m.: Public Gates Open

8:30-10 a.m.: Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America Pre-Qualifying

10:20-10:50 a.m.: NTT INDYCAR SERIES Race 2 Qualifying

11:10-11:50 a.m.: TC America TCR/TCA/TC Race 2

12:10-12:25 p.m.: Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America Qualifying (Driver 1)

12:32-12:47 p.m.: Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America Qualifying (Driver 2)

12:55-1:10 p.m.: Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America Qualifying (Driver 3)

2:12-2:15 p.m.: Invocation/Anthem

2:15 p.m.: “Drivers, To Your Cars.”

2:24 p.m.: “Drivers, Start Your Engines.”

2:31 p.m.: INDYCAR Harvest GP presented by GMR Race 2 (75 laps, 183 miles)

5:30-5:45 p.m.: Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America Pole Shootout

TICKETS: General admission, $44. Children 15 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult general admission ticket holder. Reserved tickets start at $69. Tickets can be purchased at IMS.com or at the Ticket Remotes located at Gate 1 and Gate 9.

PUBLIC GATES OPEN (8 a.m.-6 p.m.): Gate 1, Gate 9

GENERAL ADMISSION STANDS OPEN: Northwest Vista (low rows), J Stand (low rows), E Stand (south end), Southwest Vista (Sections 1-5)

RESERVED STANDS: Northwest Vista (upper rows), Northwest Vista Deck, J Stand (upper rows), B Penthouse, E Penthouse, E Stand (North end), Hulman Terrace Club

PARKING: Paid public parking is available on the south end of the racetrack in Parcel B and Main Gate parking lots, with ADA parking available in Parcel B. Paid public parking is available on the north end of the racetrack in Lot 1A, with ADA parking available in the Northwest Gravel lot. Parking starts at $20.

MUSEUM HOURS: Closed

HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS: All tickets will be digital or print-at-home. Guests will sit in a socially distanced manner in all grandstands, and seats will be stickered to denote open, available seats. All fans will receive a wristband after passing temperature screening at the gates. Face coverings must be worn throughout the property at all times.

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES:

10 a.m.: Penske Entertainment Corp. press conference with Penske Entertainment Corp. President & CEO Mark Miles, IMS President J. Douglas Boles, NXG Youth Motorsports Director and Chief Instructor Rodney Reid and special guests, IMS Museum East parking lot

11:50 a.m.: INDYCAR press conference with President Jay Frye and guests, fourth floor of DEX Imaging Media Center (INDYCAR Harvest GP credentialed media only) or Zoom video conference

Penske, Boles Personally Welcome Race Fans Back to IMS

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020 – 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.

INDYCAR Harvest GP Fans Encouraged To ‘Plan Ahead’ with IMS.com

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020 – Fans attending the Harvest GP Weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Oct. 2-4, which features the INDYCAR Harvest GP presented by GMR doubleheader and the Indianapolis 8 Hour, are encouraged to “Plan Ahead” through IMS.com/PlanAhead, an interactive web page that serves as a home base for fans headed to the track this weekend.

The “Plan Ahead” page features detailed information about the entire fan experience at IMS, including directions, parking, schedule, gate regulations, digital ticketing guide, ADA accessibility and much more.

Additionally, IMS.com/PlanAhead highlights a number of key health and safety measures being enforced to protect fans, participants, workforce and the broader community. These measures have been developed in consultation with health experts and city/state officials.

Fans will sit in a socially distanced manner in all grandstands, and seats will be stickered to denote open, available seats. All fans will receive a wristband after passing temperature screening at the gates. Face coverings must be worn throughout the property at all times. IMS will provide all individuals entering the venue with a complimentary disposable mask and an individual hand sanitizer.

More Fan Information

All Speedway patrons should be aware of the following to ensure a successful Race Day:

  • Public Parking: Paid public parking is available on the south end of the racetrack (near Gate 1) in Parcel B and Main Gate parking lots, with ADA parking available in Parcel B. Paid public parking is available on the north end of the racetrack (near Gate 9) in Lot 1A, with ADA parking available in the Northwest gravel lot. Fans must park near the gate they will enter. Parking starts at $20.
  • Pedestrian Gate Entry: Gates 1 and 9 are available for pedestrian entry. Fans must enter Gate 1 if they are sitting on the south end of the facility and Gate 9 if they are sitting on the north end of the facility. Tickets will be rejected if fans attempt to enter the incorrect gate, and fans may not leave their zone to enter the infield or the other zone of the facility.
  • Digital Tickets: All tickets will be digital or print-at-home. Race fans who order tickets in advance may select their delivery method at checkout. Digital tickets can be accessed on the IMS App or on their smart phone’s web browser. Digital tickets can be purchased on site at the Ticket Remotes located at each gate.
  • Weekend Street Parking: Race event parking restrictions in the Town of Speedway will not be enforced during Harvest GP Weekend. Three-hour parking will be monitored and enforced on both sides of Main Street between 10th Street and 16th Street over the course of the race weekend. There will be no anticipated road closures or lane restrictions during the event weekend.

Additional Resources and Information

Drivers can learn the locations of work zones and highway restrictions by calling INDOT’s TrafficWise at 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or viewing an online map at pws.trafficwise.org or visiting @TrafficWise on Twitter.

No coolers larger than 18 inches by 14 inches by 14 inches can be brought into the facility, which will be strictly enforced. Fans will be allowed to bring one cooler and one standard backpack or book bag per person.

For more information regarding access to IMS, visit IMS.com. For additional information, follow on Twitter the Indiana State Police @IndStatePolice, the Speedway Police Department @SpeedwayPD or listen to radio stations WFNI-FM 107.5/WFNI-AM 1070 or WIBC-FM 93.1.

The Speedway Police Department can be reached for non-emergency services by dialing 311 on a cell phone. The goal of 311 is to provide an easy-to-remember number for non-emergency services while freeing up 911 lines for timely emergency response.

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.

Tomorrow at the Track: Friday, Oct. 2

Friday, Oct. 2
INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020 – Information about INDYCAR Harvest GP presented by GMR and Indianapolis 8 Hour track activity Friday, Oct. 2 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway:

SCHEDULE (All times local)

7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.: Public Gates Open

8-9 a.m.: GT4 America SprintX Race 2

9:20-10 a.m.: TC America TCR/TCA/TC Race 1

10:20-11:35 a.m.: Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America Paid Test Session

12:35-1:25 p.m.: GT4 America Sprint Race 2

1:40-3:10 p.m.: Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America Free Practice

3:41-3:44 p.m.: Invocation/Anthem

3:44 p.m.: “Drivers, To Your Cars”

3:53 p.m.: “Drivers, Start Your Engines”

4 p.m.: INDYCAR Harvest GP presented by GMR Race 1 (85 laps, 207 miles)

6:15-6:40 p.m.: Skip Barber Formula Series Race 2

TICKETS: General admission, $34. Children 15 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult general admission ticket holder. Reserved tickets start at $64. Tickets can be purchased at IMS.com or at the Ticket Remotes located at Gate 1 and Gate 9.

PUBLIC GATES OPEN (7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.): Gate 1, Gate 9

GENERAL ADMISSION STANDS OPEN: Northwest Vista (low rows), J Stand (low rows), E Stand (all rows)

RESERVED STANDS: Northwest Vista (upper rows), Northwest Vista Deck, J Stand (upper rows), B Penthouse, E Penthouse, Hulman Terrace Club

PARKING: Paid public parking is available on the south end of the racetrack in Parcel B and Main Gate parking lots, with ADA parking available in Parcel B. Paid public parking is available on the north end of the racetrack in Lot 1A, with ADA parking available in the Northwest Gravel lot. Parking starts at $20.

MUSEUM HOURS: Closed

HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS: All tickets will be digital or print-at-home. Guests will sit in a socially distanced manner in all grandstands, and seats will be stickered to denote open, available seats. All fans will receive a wristband after passing temperature screening at the gates. Face coverings must be worn throughout the property at all times.

Tomorrow at the Track: Thursday, Oct. 1

Thursday, Oct. 1
INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020 – Information about INDYCAR Harvest GP presented by GMR and Indianapolis 8 Hour track activity Thursday, Oct. 1 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway:

SCHEDULE (All times local)

Noon-6 p.m.: Public Gates Open (Gate 1)

8-8:15 a.m.: GT4 America Sprint Qualifying

8:30-8:45 a.m.: Skip Barber Formula Series Qualifying Race 1

9-9:35 a.m.: TC America TCR/TCA/TC Practice 1

9:50-10:05 a.m.: Skip Barber Formula Series Qualifying Race 2

10:20-10:35 a.m.: GT4 America SprintX Qualifying Driver 1

10:40-10:55 a.m.: GT4 America SprintX Qualifying Driver 2

11:10-11:45 a.m.: TC America TCR/TCA/TC Practice 2

Noon-12:30 p.m.: Indianapolis 8 Hour Paid Bronze Test Session

1:15-2:05 p.m.: GT4 America Sprint Race 1

2:25-3:40 p.m.: NTT INDYCAR SERIES Practice

3:55-4:10 p.m.: TC America TCR/TCA/TC Qualifying

4:25-4:50 p.m.: Skip Barber Formula Series Race 1

5:05-6:05 p.m.: GT4 America SprintX Race 1

6:20-6:50 p.m.: NTT INDYCAR SERIES Qualifying

TICKETS: All Thursday tickets are general admission, $15. Grandstands open: E Stand, E Penthouse and B Penthouse. ADA seating available in B Penthouse. Children 15 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult general admission ticket holder. Tickets can be purchased at IMS.com or at the Ticket Remote located at Gate 1.

PUBLIC GATES OPEN (Noon-6 p.m.): Gate 1 (General admission)

PARKING: $10 at Main Gate and Parcel B parking lots. ADA parking available in Parcel B.

MUSEUM HOURS: Closed

HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS: All tickets will be digital or print-at-home. Guests will sit in a socially distanced manner in all grandstands, and seats will be stickered to denote open, available seats. All fans will receive a wristband after passing temperature screening at Gate 1. Face coverings must be worn throughout the property at all times.

NASCAR, INDYCAR Teaming Up for Historic Brickyard Weekend

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020 – The stars of the NASCAR Cup Series will take on a new challenge at The Racing Capital of the World in 2021, competing on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course for the first time Sunday, Aug. 15. The revamped Brickyard Weekend also will feature a brand-new NTT INDYCAR SERIES race Saturday, Aug. 14 on the road course, setting the stage for another history-making NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend after this year’s successful collaboration at IMS.

NASCAR Cup Series racing will shift to the 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course for the very first time after 27 consecutive years on the 2.5-mile oval, writing a new chapter in the incomparable story of speed at the Racing Capital of the World.

The two premier North American motorsports series first raced at the same facility during the same event on Fourth of July weekend this year at IMS, with the Cup Series on the oval Sunday, July 5 and NTT INDYCAR SERIES on the road course Saturday, July 4. The entire weekend of racing action was televised live on NBC.

This year’s historic tripleheader arose due to the postponement of the GMR Grand Prix INDYCAR race in early May due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the INDYCAR race on the 2021 August weekend will be the third NTT INDYCAR SERIES event of the season at IMS, following the GMR Grand Prix on the road course and the 105th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on the oval.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants involved,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

NASCAR fans will get their first chance during the August 2021 event weekend to see the impressive facility improvements at IMS since Roger Penske purchased the track, as no fans were admitted to the NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend in July 2020 due to state and local health directives.

Improvements include the massive IMS Media Wall in the Pagoda Plaza, more than 30 new LED video boards, refreshed concession stands and restrooms, 5G wireless connectivity throughout the facility and an elevated Victory Circle with the winning car lifted onto the Victory Podium.

Ticket information for the historic NASCAR-INDYCAR event on the IMS road course will be available soon at IMS.com and IMS social channels.

IMS, Gleaners Food Bank Join Forces To Help Ensure No One Runs On Empty

The Gleaners Food Bank Of Indiana sponsored No. 88 of Colton Herta on track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Photo courtesy of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, LLC Photography)

INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana are teaming up to drive awareness for Gleaners’ vital mission to end hunger in Central Indiana, especially its No One Runs On Empty awareness campaign.

Gleaners becomes an Official Charitable Partner of IMS through the new partnership, announced Sept. 29 at IMS during Race Week for the INDYCAR Harvest GP presented by GMR and the Indianapolis 8 Hour races Oct. 1-4 at the Racing Capital of the World.

“IMS always has looked beyond its gates to help the Central Indiana community, so this partnership with Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana is an ideal extension of that mission,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “Gleaners tirelessly works to provide meals for hungry Hoosiers, a need that has become even more acute during these challenging times. We’re honored to help, and we encourage all race fans to donate to Gleaners as often as possible.”

A variety of promotional assets at IMS and around Central Indiana will be used to encourage fans to regularly donate to Gleaners. The No One Runs On Empty awareness campaign, launched in early July, highlights advocacy and volunteerism, and encourages financial support for Gleaners’ hunger relief programs.

An estimated 1.5 to 2 million Hoosiers face food insecurity, a number that has climbed significantly from 1 million prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. The need in Marion County increased dramatically more than in the other 20 Indiana counties served by Gleaners, but all counties have seen increased need.

The No One Runs On Empty awareness initiative is made possible through the generosity of the Anthem Foundation. Anthem issued a $1 million challenge to encourage community giving. Gleaners is approximately halfway to that goal and hopes to meet the challenge by the end of this year.

IMS also will host two community food distribution events with Gleaners later this year as part of the partnership.

“For the past seven months, Gleaners has been in the midst of an extraordinary effort to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Joseph Slater, chief operations and financial officer of Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana. “Since March, we’ve been distributing approximately 1.5 million meals each week. Some distributions, such as the Mega Fresh Mobile hosted by IMS last Memorial Day, have served nearly 5,000 families in one day.

“The connection between food insecurity and a host of other issues Including health, unemployment and education, has never been more clear. As we’ve navigated the pandemic and our response to it, a number of organizations have stepped forward to join us in our campaign to make sure that No One Runs On Empty: the Anthem Foundation, Bank of America, Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport. Today, we’re thrilled to add the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to that list of champions, joining us in the fight against hunger. The theme of the Harvest GP fits perfectly with our strategic goal to provide the highest level of nutrition possible to those we serve. We’re thrilled to be a part of it.”

This partnership is a continuation of Gleaners’ No One Runs On Empty initiative. Racing was the launching platform for the program that focuses on education, advocacy, volunteerism and giving. NTT INDYCAR SERIES sophomore sensation Colton Herta drove the No. 88 Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana for Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport in the GMR Grand Prix in July and the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge in August at IMS.

Fans are encouraged to promote Gleaners’ mission by posting to social media with the hashtags #NoOneRunsOnEmpty and #Donate88.

Gleaners was founded in 1980 and is a respected leader within Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network. Since that time, Gleaners has distributed more than half a billion pounds of food and critical grocery products through more than 585 hunger relief agencies, schools and community partners serving hungry Hoosiers.

In addition to food distribution to agencies, Gleaners serves the most vulnerable populations, seniors and children, through specialty programs such as School-Based PantriesMobile PantriesSummer Meals for Kids and Senior Hunger Initiative programs. Fresh Connect Central began as an initiative focused on the distribution of fresh, nutritious fruits and vegetables in 2017 and has grown to include meat and dairy. Gleaners also serves as the reclamation site for Kroger Central Division, and a FEMA disaster relief staging site.

Charity Navigator has recognized Gleaners as a 4-Star organization, the highest rating for charity demonstrating fiscal management and accountability. In addition, Gleaners is an accredited charity with the Better Business Bureau and has earned a Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar. To learn more, visit www.gleaners.org.

Gleaners also is on social media at www.facebook.com/GleanersFoodBankofIndiana and on Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn at @GleanersFBIndy.

IMS To Welcome Fans Back during INDYCAR Harvest GP Weekend presented by GMR

INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020 – For the first time in 2020, Indianapolis Motor Speedway will welcome fans to the Racing Capital of the World for the INDYCAR Harvest GP presented by GMR weekend. Up to 10,000 spectators can be in the grandstands each day of racing action Oct. 1-4, per approval from the Marion County Public Health Department.

Tickets are available now via IMS.com and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

The massive facility, which holds more than 300,000 people, will provide two spectator zones with up to 5,000 fans in each. The zones will be located in Turns 1 and 4 of the oval, offering strong sightlines of the road course. 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;
  • Attendees must use pre-assigned gates and remain in their designated zones.

Global Medical Response, the world leader in compassionate, quality emergency medical and patient relocation services, will be the presenting sponsor of the penultimate weekend of INDYCAR racing this season.

“We can’t wait to see fans come through our gates for the first time in 2020,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “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.”

The plan, which includes each attendee receiving a mask and a bottle of hand sanitizer upon entering the track, was developed in consultation with state and local health officials.

This event weekend is highlighted by an NTT INDYCAR SERIES doubleheader, with races Friday, Oct. 2 and Saturday, Oct. 3. It will be the penultimate event of the series’ season as the field pursues the champion’s prestigious Astor Challenge Cup to be awarded Sunday, Oct. 25 at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

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.

Fans also will see a host of facility improvements during the event weekend, including more than 30 new LED video boards, refreshed concession stands and restrooms, and 5G wireless connectivity throughout the facility.

The first race will air at 3:30 p.m. (ET) Friday, Oct. 2 on the USA Network. NBC will broadcast the second race at 2:30 p.m. (ET) Saturday, Oct. 3, with WTHR-13 airing the action live in Central Indiana.

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.

The full on-track schedule is available at IMS.com.

Venue Enhancements on Display as INDYCAR Title Rac
Reaches Exciting Final Stretch
INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020 – For the first time in 2020, Indianapolis Motor Speedway will welcome fans to the Racing Capital of the World for the INDYCAR Harvest GP presented by GMR weekend. Up to 10,000 spectators can be in the grandstands each day of racing action Oct. 1-4, per approval from the Marion County Public Health Department.Tickets are available now via IMS.com and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.The massive facility, which holds more than 300,000 people, will provide two spectator zones with up to 5,000 fans in each. The zones will be located in Turns 1 and 4 of the oval, offering strong sightlines of the road course. 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;Attendees must use pre-assigned gates and remain in their designated zones.Global Medical Response, the world leader in compassionate, quality emergency medical and patient relocation services, will be the presenting sponsor of the penultimate weekend of INDYCAR racing this season.“We can’t wait to see fans come through our gates for the first time in 2020,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “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.”The plan, which includes each attendee receiving a mask and a bottle of hand sanitizer upon entering the track, was developed in consultation with state and local health officials.This event weekend is highlighted by an NTT INDYCAR SERIES doubleheader, with races Friday, Oct. 2 and Saturday, Oct. 3. It will be the penultimate event of the series’ season as the field pursues the champion’s prestigious Astor Challenge Cup to be awarded Sunday, Oct. 25 at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.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 featu
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