NHRA marches on at Indy despite Indy 500 announcement without fans

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Despite Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s announcement on Tuesday to prohibit fans in attendance for their upcoming Indianapolis 500, the NHRA will not chance their stance. They will continue to host events with fans in attendance.

After several weeks away, the NHRA will return to the Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis in Brownsburg, Indiana. While Indianapolis Motor Speedway is in Marion County, Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis is in neighboring Hendricks County.

NHRA (Photo by the NHRA)

“We are aware of the decision made by [the] Indianapolis Motor Speedway to run the Indianapolis 500 event without fans, and we respect their decision,” the NHRA said in a decision. “During these times, we find that each situation and decision is unique. We have held two pandemic-impacted national events under protocols we developed for our sport, bases on CDC and other guidance. Our teams, employees, vendors, and fans all have supported our efforts, and compliance with our protocols has been very good.

“Our events are different from other gatherings and even other Motorsports events in many ways. We will continue to carefully monitor what is going on in the community, and work closely with Hendricks County and State of Indiana officials, as well as our medical director, as we continue to plan and execute NHRA events at Lucas Oil Raceway.”

The NHRA said that their schedule is subject to change. At this time, their revised schedule has the following events:

August 6-9: Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals presented by Pennzoil at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis

August 28-30: NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway

Sept. 3-6: Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis

Sept. 11-13: Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil at Maple Grove Raceway

Sept. 18-20: NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway

Sept. 25-27: Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway

Oct. 2-4: AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at World Wide Technology Raceway

Oct. 9-11: NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway

Oct. 16-18: AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex

Oct. 23-25: Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals Presented by Pennzoil at Houston Raceway Park

Oct. 30-Nov. 1: Dodge NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Nov. 13-15: Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona

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