Indy 500 practice starts

Posted at 1:24 PM, Aug 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-12 21:11:11-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Silent no more.

The famed oval on the west side of Indianapolis reopens to the roar of engines. Wednesday, the practices began at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

While things are going to be very different this year, WRTV6 spoke with one business owner who says she feels the choice is for the better.

Just down Main Street, "Charlie Brown's" is open for business with safety measures in place. While they are typically busy race weekend and the weeks leading up to the 500, owner Elizabeth Glover, or Lizzy B, says they are always doing good business.

And with coronavirus concerns, Glover says she sees the decision Penske Made as the right one, as it helps keep residents safe from big crowds coming into Speedway.

Glover says the decision to eliminate fans completely from the Indy 500 this year was a bit of a relief.

"I think he's protected Speedway from some problems, and we should thank him not complain about him," Glover said.

While spectators can't go inside for the practices, at least folks can hear that familiar roar of the engines when they come by.

The rest of the practice schedule is:

  • Thursday and Friday starting at 11 a.m.
  • Saturday, qualifying for the field of 33 starts at 11 a.m.
  • Sunday, the top nine come back to battle it out for the pole position

WRTV6's LIVE Trackside 6 coverage starts Wednesday.