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Penske Entertainment Pres. hopeful to have fans at IMS in July

The Indianapolis 500 won't happen for months, but things haven't stopped at the track.

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — The Indianapolis 500 won't happen for months, but things haven't stopped at the track.

Penske Entertainment President Mark Miles said they are still giving the IMS all of the attention it needs. Everything from bathrooms to a fresh coat of paint, Miles said the plan is to have fans at the track in July.

"I'm hopeful. I don't know...somewhere between hopeful and optimistic," Miles said.

Miles said that as of now, Stage 5 of the governor's plan to reopen the state fits in to the July 4 race weekend.

Miles said if there is a delay or issue, they plan to go on with the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard with or without the fans.

He said if fans are allowed, they'll look at the safest ways to bring fans in and out of the track and even social distancing in the stands.