There is no doubt that Indianapolis 500 is one of the most spectacular and significant motorsport events in the world. It makes the car racing event one of the most anticipated shows in the United States.
Last year we witnessed the crowning of the 2019 Indy 500 winner Simon Pagenuad. He won with a slim margin of two-tenths of a second against Alexander Rossi.
Spectators, usually in large numbers, embrace the event and creates a warm environment for all, including the racing drivers, by cheering up on their favorites driving racers. For years that has been the tradition at the Indy 500, where families, friends, tourists, and locals come out to embrace the motorsport event.
The 2020 Indianapolis 500 will look a lot different from the previous Indy 500 because it is expected to kick-off on August 23 without fans.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has proven to be a headache for the professional sports leagues around the world, having some associations to end their 2020 season, others rescheduling their gameplay.
Many leagues have resumed gameplay while others have set up contingency plans to ensure the 2020 season goes on, and what they have in common is disallowing fans in the events to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
The Indianapolis 500 has recreated a new way to introduce digital information to ensure the players’ safety at the track is impeccable while enhancing fans’ engagement into the 104th Indy 500 scheduled to kick-off on Sunday.
Roger Penske, the Corporation chairman, insisted that both IndyCar and IMS are always evolving in terms of technology and innovation. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has forced the motorsport to ban fans from attending the Racing Capital of the World.
Instead, they have been working closely with NTT to ensure that the fans are not left out by prioritizing them and embracing new technology innovations to keep up with the technology environment.
Penske also expressed disappointment of disallowing fans from across the world from attending this year Indy 500 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But, sounded optimistic that 2021 God willing things will get back to normal and once again have the fans on-site at the Racing Capital of the World.
To make sure that the fans across the world don’t miss out on the thrilling racing motorsport, the Chairman emphasized that they have taken the initiation of investing in digital technology to engage the fans by enhancing the experience for them as they keep up with motorsport competition.
Undoubtedly, the 104th Indy 500 won’t be like what we are used to but can’t wait to experience the new innovative digital way to watch the race while at the comfort of my home. It is essential to be safe than sorry, with the COVID-19 in our midst, so let us protect ourselves. Remember to keep a distance, wear a mask, and sanitize your hands whenever you go out, in response to curb the spread of the COVID-19.