• Loading stock data...
Sunday, April 21, 2024
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -

Indy 500 Approaching Record Numbers As Race Nears

  • Race could see second-largest crowd this century.
  • IndyCar Series has been thriving since Roger Penske's 2019 purchase.
The Indianapolis Star

This year’s Indianapolis 500 is set to draw its second-largest crowd this century. 

“We will be pushing the 325,000 range,” Indianapolis Motor Speedway president Doug Boles told Forbes. The record still belongs to the historic 100th running of the race in 2016, which drew 350,000 fans.

This latest predicted number would equal last year’s race, which was the first to run at full capacity post-pandemic after operating at 40% in 2021 and no fans in 2020.

As of Thursday afternoon, 230,000 tickets had already been sold for Sunday’s race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which has a permanent capacity of just over 257,000, in addition to tens of thousands more who can fit in the racetrack’s infield.

“It will feel like what an Indianapolis 500 should feel like,” Boles told the Indianapolis Star.

Roger Penske has been working to revamp the IndyCar Series — and its flagship event — since purchasing the series and iconic racetrack in 2019.

The sport appears to be in a healthy spot, with NTT Data this year re-upping as title sponsor of the IndyCar Series, which is in the midst of a multiyear media rights deal with NBC Sports. IndyCar also expanded its international broadcast coverage to 223 markets in 142 countries this year.

Southern Comfort

The motorsports-heavy weekend will be capped Sunday night by NASCAR’s longest race, the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway — where Michael Jordan’s 23XI race team will outfit driver Bubba Wallace with a Carolina blue, Jumpman-themed No. 45 car.

Copy Link
Link Copied
Link Copied

What to Read

Rockies Coach’s Team Plane Cockpit Visit Triggers Federal Investigation

A since-deleted video shows him sitting in the cockpit mid-flight.
Alex Rodriguez, Anthony Towns

Timberwolves’ Playoff Start Is Clouded by a Messy Ownership Dispute

No one knows who the Timberwolves’ owner will be in the future.

Diamond Sports Group Is About to Survive Bankruptcy. Will It Matter?

The bankrupt company faces key questions relating to both programming and distribution.

The Questions Are Mounting for ‘Spulu’ As Lawmakers Demand Answers

A pair of high-powered Congressmen are demanding answers about the forthcoming service.
podcast thumbnail mobile
Front Office Sports Today

Why Ian Rapoport Lives for the NFL Draft’s Chaos


Featured Today

Everything You Need To Know About the Legal Attempts To Kill the ACC

Four lawsuits involving the conference, Clemson, and FSU could determine the future.
April 20, 2024

A Bare-Knuckle Fighter Won His Pro Debut. The Far Right Scored a Marketing Win

With Proud Boys sponsoring him, experts say extremist groups will use his success to elevate their ideologies and recruit new believers.
April 7, 2024

Women’s Basketball Finally Has a TV Deal to Match the Excitement. Now What?

A lucrative new media-rights contract could rectify problems of the past, but the future of March Madness media rights is anyone’s guess.
Mar 16, 2024; Washington, D.C., USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack forward DJ Burns Jr. (30) cuts the net after defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels for the ACC Conference Championship at Capital One Arena.
April 6, 2024

How Two College Seniors Helped DJ Burns Cash In on a Final Four Run

Two college seniors are facilitating deals for NC State’s big man.


Powered By

Careers in Sports

Looking for a new job? Check out these featured listings and search for openings all over the world.
Live Nation
Multiple - USA Careers
Multiple - USA Careers
Multiple - USA Careers

Stanley Cup-Keeper Miragh Bitove is Ready to Protect the Hardware

To safeguard what may be the most-recognizable trophy in all of sports, she’s never more than an arm’s length away from the precious metal.
April 17, 2024

Women’s Golf Has Five—Not Four—Majors, and That’s a Good Thing

The Chevron Championship tees of Thursday outside of Houston.
April 18, 2024

NBA Media Rights Likely Headed for Open Market Next Week

The league is reportedly letting Monday’s deadline pass without a deal.

Rapid Returns: How Technology Is Getting You Back to Your Seat

How Oracle’s POS technology is helping fans get back to their seats faster.
April 17, 2024

NBA Bans Jontay Porter for Life After Gambling Investigation

The NBA found that Porter gave injury information to sports gamblers, among other violations.
April 17, 2024

Warriors Missing Playoffs Has Big-Money Consequences

The NBA is losing one of its biggest postseason draws.
April 17, 2024

Even Joe Biden Is Surprised By Caitlin Clark Making $76K

The president posted Tuesday night about pay disparities in sports.
April 16, 2024

Caitlin Clark Drives Massive WNBA Draft Audience for ESPN

Clark’s coronation was the most-watched WNBA telecast in decades.