The festival was scheduled to take place on July 4 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and was slated to feature a star-studded lineup that included performances by Florida Georgia Line, Dustin Lynch, Riley Green and more.
The IMS officials announced on Friday (June 5) that following extensive consultation with local and state officials, they have made the difficult decision to have the race without spectators due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With that decision and in accordance with all local social distancing guidelines, all other public events have been cancelled.
“While we certainly worked diligently to run our events with spectators, we reached a point where we needed to make a final decision because the race weekend is less than a month away,” Penske Entertainment Corp. President & CEO Mark Miles said in a statement. “Today it’s not possible to be confident that Indianapolis will be at Stage 5 of the state’s reopening plan by the Fourth of July weekend.
“We are extremely appreciative of the time and expertise Governor Holcomb, Mayor Hogsett and state and local public health officials have given us over the last few months,” the statement continued. “This was a collaborative process and a decision we’re all aligned with after thorough review of the situation. We remain committed to welcoming the world’s greatest fans to the Speedway for the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race in late August.”
Additionally, The event of the Fourth Of July weekend will be renamed, Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 Powered by Big Machine Records, in recognition of the company’s ongoing efforts to support the supply chain of hand sanitizer available to the public.
In early March, Big Machine Distilleries recognized the shortage of hand sanitizer, sparking them to begin production of the product to assist in the local community and first responders. Inquiries from across the Country then began to pour in dictating a full-blown national awareness, which led to the name change of the upcoming race. The company and its Big Machine race drivers will be announcing plans to donate hand sanitizer to Indianapolis frontline workers closer to the event weekend.
All ticket holders will be entitled to a full refund or credit towards another IMS events, such as the 2020 Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge or Harvest GP.