Indy 500 pulls in 325k fans for second-best attendance in 20 years

First time since 2019 race was fully open to public.

Indy 500 pulls in 325k fans for second-best attendance in 20 years

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  • Only 2016 event saw more fans in attendance
  • Record 231k average viewers tune in on Sky Sports in UK

The Indianapolis 500 saw 325,000 fans attend the event, the IndyCar race's second-best attendance in the last 20 years.

The race on 29th May was the first edition of the Indy 500 fully open to fans since 2019 due to Covid-19. The resulting demand meant only the 100th running of the race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) in 2016 saw more fans in attendance.

This year’s winner Marcus Ericsson also took home a record US$3.1 million and runner-up Pato O’Ward earned US$1 million, which was among the highest totals for a second place finisher. The average winnings for drivers reached US$485,000.

Meanwhile, in the UK, the Indy 500 was the most-watched IndyCar race on record for pay-TV giant Sky Sports, with an average viewership of 231,000, peaking at 372,000.