Indianapolis Motor Speedway says ticket sales strong for Cup race

Ticket sales for the first-ever NASCAR Cup Series race on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are looking strong, according to IMS President Doug Boles.

“Our overall number is gonna be similar to where they’ve been in the past,” Boles said. “We’ll be in that Colts football range so roughly 50,000 to 60,000 people on Sunday (Aug. 15).”

He said ticket sales for the IndyCar race and Xfinity Series race on the Saturday, Aug. 14, before the Cup race are trailing about “15-percent behind.” But Boles added that he is expecting more walk-up ticket sales for the Saturday races.

The Cup race to be run on Sunday, Aug. 15, billed as the Verizon 200 at the Brickyard, is replacing the Brickyard 400 which had been run on the oval since 1994.

In regards to the COVID pandemic, there are no fan restrictions for any of the races. Boles said the 50,000 to 60,000 fan number so far in ticket sales is strong considering the fact they are not selling any seats in Oval Turn Three and part of the North Chute since you can’t see the road course from those seats.