INDY 500 DRIVERS PARTICIPATE IN PARADE, VISIT FAN'S HOMES
For residents of the town of Speedway, Indiana, Sunday afternoon will likely feel strange.
The sound of race cars will be heard in the distance, but fans of the Indy 500 will all be at home, watching the action on TV.
The historic race is being held outside the month of May and without fans for the first time in history. Both changes come due to restrictions on large gatherings of people in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
And with the race being closed to the public, several traditions have been canceled this year - including the 500 Festival Parade.
However, on Saturday, all Indy 500 drivers took part in a special parade of their own for local fans.
Riding in Chevrolet Camaro convertibles, the 33 starters of Sunday’s race rode through downtown Speedway and waved at the cheering crowd that had gathered.
Even though our fans can’t be with us tomorrow in @Speedway_IN, the #Indy500 drivers made sure to let them know they are still thinking about them.— Indianapolis Motor Speedway (@IMS) August 22, 2020
Socially distant deliveries took place this morning all over town. #INDYCAR | @TeamChevy pic.twitter.com/hb6ZwPGlFq
Special socially distant deliveries are taking place to longtime #Indy500 ticket holders all around @Speedway_IN today!— Indianapolis Motor Speedway (@IMS) August 22, 2020
The first delivery is from @jdouglas4 and last year’s winner @simonpagenaud.#INDYCAR | @TeamChevy pic.twitter.com/L8x9RWOUh0
Tomorrow will not be the same w/o our fans, so today we surprised ticket holders in Speedway w/ a bag full of #Indy500 goodies. I know it doesn’t fill the void of being in the stands & watching it live, but know we will come back strong in 2021 with a packed house! #ThankYouFans pic.twitter.com/Arhxrdwsxe— Graham Rahal (@GrahamRahal) August 22, 2020
Following the parade, the drivers then dispersed to visit a few lucky fans.
The drivers surprised long-time Indy 500 ticketholders by arriving at their front doors to say hello and deliver Indy 500-themed goodie bags.
For the fans who got a special visit, Saturday will likely be a day that they’ll remember for the rest of their lives.
Race coverage of the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 begins Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on NBC, with the green flag scheduled to wave at 2:30 p.m. ET.