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Penske wants full attendance at Indianapolis 500

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Posted at 9:56 AM, Jun 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-08 10:04:22-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Roger Penske is aiming for full attendance at the Indianapolis 500 in August, and the race's date could be moved again if that is not possible.

Penske told WRTV's Dave Furst the Indianapolis 500 could be moved to October if it is not possible to have fans in the stands on Aug. 23.

The Indianapolis 500 is the world's largest one-day sporting event and draws approximately 300,000 fans each year.

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