Almost a year and a half after buying the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Roger Penske believes he’s close to being able to finally fulfill his dream of hosting a full house at the track.
Penske last week said he aims to get the green flag to have the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 30 with no limits on fan attendance. More than 170,000 tickets have been sold so far.
“Our goal is to have 250,000,” the Indianapolis Star quoted him as saying on a Zoom call with the media, referring to the track’s grandstand capacity. “It’s outside. We’ve got the biggest stadium in the world here, and it’s a matter of where we’re going to be with the CDC and the governor and the mayor, so I don’t have any number that I’d want to hang my hat on.”
Penske’s first Indy 500 as the track’s owner ran last summer with empty stands. Indiana is hosting the entire NCAA men’s basketball tournament now with arenas limited to 25 percent capacity — one reason he has high hopes for what will be possible by…
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