SPEEDWAY — There will be more than just the sound of the engines at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the first weekend of October.
IMS officials announced Friday up to 10,000 fans will be allowed in the grandstands each day for the IndyCar Harvest GP weekend from Oct. 1-4.
Two spectator zones with up to 5,000 fans each will be located in Turns 1 and 4 of the 2.5-mile oval track, a plan track officials said was approved by the Marion County Public Health Department.
Fans will be required to wear face coverings throughout IMS property at all times and receive temperature screenings before entering the facility. Grandstands will be marked for social distancing and fans must use pre-assigned gates and remain in their designated zones.
Each spectator will receive a mask and a bottle of hand sanitizer at the gate.
The weekend will include an IndyCar doubleheader with races Oct. 2 and Oct. 3. The Intercontinental GT Challenge and the GT World Challenge America will be held Oct. 4.
During the July 4 weekend, the GMR Grand Prix and Brickyard 400 were held without fans due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Indianapolis 500 was run in front of empty grandstands for the first time Aug. 23.