Indiana Gov. says Indy 500 still a go

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb pointed to the "massive piece of property" that is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway when asked by the Indianapolis Star Wednesday whether he's worried about the Indy 500 going forward on Aug. 23.

The question came after Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Box announced that the Indiana State Fairgrounds canceled its summer fun park due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Indiana has seen an uptick in its positivity rate and hospitalizations related to COVID-19.

"I want to make it very clear that the leadership for the fairgrounds and for this particular amusement group had an excellent plan in place, and they really worked with us in consultation and worked to make the decision that they thought was in the best interests of Hoosiers…" Box said.

"It is an outdoor venue so that does make me feel a lot better about the situation," Box said. "And they do have a lot of great things in place to try to protect Hoosiers and our visitors to our state."

"I mean it is just an enormous piece of property, so we’ll continue to be in consultation with leadership out at the track," Gov Holcomb told the Star.

"One thing they’ve just reminded us of is they’ve always been about driver and fan safety and they're showing that once again."

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