For the first time in more than 60 years, the Indy 500 will be broadcast live on local television.
Track officials decided to lift the longstanding local TV blackout, declaring a sellout of all tickets, including infield general admission tickets.
They say it’s the first sellout in Indy 500 history.
Mark Miles, the president and CEO of track management firm Hulman & Company says the announcement was made after analyzing aerials of the infield during previous races and estimating how many more people the facility could safely accommodate.
Miles says the expected attendance will approach the number of residents of Fort Wayne and South Bend combined.
There will be a rebroadcast of the race as well.