Indy 500

Andretti Wins Pole Position For Indy 500

Aug 17, 2020
Samantha Horton / IPB News

Marco Andretti will start in the lead for this year’s Indy 500 after winning Pole Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The victory adds another win to his family’s history in IndyCar racing.

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The Indy 500 will run without people in the stands this year. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced the decision Tuesday, reversing previous plans to maintain some attendance during the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) announced Tuesday fan attendance will be further limited to the Indy 500.

Last month, IMS officials announced the race would reduce the number of spectators to 50 percent. Now only 25 percent will be allowed to watch the event at the track.

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The Indianapolis 500 will not be run on Memorial Day weekend this year. The race has been rescheduled to Aug. 23 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 104th running of the race is the first since Roger Penske took ownership of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway earlier this year.

Expressing his disappointment, Penske says the decision came in response to the health and safety of event participants and spectators.

IndyCar announced Friday it is canceling all races through April, including this weekend’s season opener in Florida. Organizers say they are still planning to run the Indianapolis 500 in May.

Major sports leagues have been canceling events to prevent additional spread of the coronavirus and the NTT IndyCar Series is the latest. 

Indianapolis is one of the first cities in the United States to pilot 5G wireless services and now the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will become the first motorsports facility with the capability.

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While Purdue University celebrates 150 years of Giant Leaps, this year the Purdue All American Marching Band is celebrating 100 years at the Indy 500. WBAA’s John Clare spoke with Dr. Jay Gephart, director of bands at Purdue about the performance.

An Indianapolis 500 Quilt Tradition Continues

May 26, 2015
Jill Sheridan /

Besides his likeness on the Borg Warner trophy and $2.4 million prize, Juan Pablo Montoya, winner of Sunday's Indianapolis 500, will be going home with a custom made quilt.  

The "Quilt Lady", Jeanetta Holder, has been making quilts for Indy 500 winners since 1976, when she first presented one to Johnny Rutherford.  She’s a long time race fan and says she’s quilted a couple of extras for a few of her favorite drivers.

"I’ve also gone back and done one for Andretti, Jim Rathmann and one for Parnelli Jones, so this really makes 43 quilts," said Holder.