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The 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 is set to begin today (August 23) at 1pm. And even though there won't be thousands of fans in the stands for this one, I think this year's race will be as entertaining as ever. It's really interesting to me to see how the sports world is adapting to our current situation. Everyone is just kind of making it work. NASCAR is known for it's tailgating party atmosphere, both before and after the game and this year makes that impossible. With that being said, just because there won't be fans at the race doesn't mean there won't be some of the usual shows and entertainment.
Roger Penske has said, "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."
I saw ratings for the qualifying events were up by around 25% and that the race itself is expecting huge numbers this year due to everyone that would normally be watching in person watching from home. I also saw that Mayo clinic physicians, Dr. Elvis Francois and Dr. William Robinson will be performing the national anthem in support of our first responders. This is really cool. I'm curious to see how they do.
Even though this year's Indy 500 won't be like any year before, I'm excited to see how it goes and hope for a good race!