Fifty years ago:
Al Unser won
his first Indy 500
Indianapolis 500 Oldtimers
Founded in 1961, the mission of the Indianapolis 500 Oldtimers is to provide guidance for the younger racing generation, bring about recognition of persons outstanding at the Indianapolis 500, promote fellowship among its members and further the interest of automobile racing generally.
Members shall be persons having been engaged actively in the Indianapolis 500 for 20 years or more from date of membership application. Those who qualify and wish to be considered for membership should contact an active member of the club to sponsor their application.
One of the benefits of Oldtimers membership is a quarterly newsletter full of Indianapolis 500 information and historical features. The newsletter is printed and mailed to members, but members also can view it on this website by registering through the tab above. Shortly after registration, members will receive their Members Section password in a separate email.
Want to see what’s happening in the News Corner? Click the button in the Members section for the latest information.
Finally, note the Indianapolis 500’s new start time: 2:30 p.m. on NBC.
The 104th Indianapolis 500
IMS announced Tuesday, Aug. 4 that this year's Indianapolis 500, including all practice and qualifying sessions, will be held without spectators amid COVID-19 concerns. All tickets and related items (badges, credentials, parking and camping) can be a credit to the 2021 race. Oldtimers members who had badges reserved and would like to collect them may do so at the IMS Ticket Office from Monday, Aug. 10 through Friday, Aug. 14 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. After that time, Oldtimers members must wait until after Sept. 1 to arrange getting their badge.
“It is with great regret that we announce the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500 will take place on Aug. 23 without fans. This tough decision was made following careful consideration and extensive consultation with state and city leadership.
“As dedicated as we were to running the race this year with 25 percent attendance at our large outdoor facility, even with meaningful and careful precautions implemented by the city and state, the COVID-19 trends in Marion County and Indiana have worsened. Since our June 26 announcement, the number of cases in Marion County has tripled while the positivity rate has doubled. We said from the beginning of the pandemic we would put the health and safety of our community first, and while hosting spectators at a limited capacity with our robust plan in place was appropriate in late June, it is not the right path forward based on the current environment.
“We encourage Hoosiers to continue making smart decisions and following the advice of our public health officials
so we can help get Indiana back on track.
“Penske Corporation made a long-term investment to be the steward of this legendary facility. While we were very excited to showcase the investments and enhancements we have made in the guest experience, we know we have reached the right decision. As much as Roger Penske and everyone associated with the ‘500’ wanted to race with fans this year, we ultimately reached this conclusion
in partnership with the state of Indiana and city of Indianapolis.
“Our commitment to the Speedway is unwavering, and we will continue to invest in the Racing Capital of the World. We encourage everyone to watch this year’s race on NBC, and we look forward to welcoming our loyal fans back to ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing’ on May 30th of 2021.”
* All on-track activity during the month of August, including practice and qualifications, will be closed to the general public.
* Individuals who still have tickets to this year’s Indy 500 will be credited for the 2021 Indianapolis 500
and will retain their seniority and their originally assigned seats.
* The first Indy 500 practice will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 12, with a full schedule available on IMS.com.
* All of the action from IMS can be viewed via NBC Sports Gold, NBCSN or NBC. Visit IMS.com or INDYCAR.com
for a comprehensive streaming and broadcast schedule.
* The 104th Running of the Indy 500 will take place Sunday, Aug. 23, with national coverage beginning on NBC at 1 p.m. ET.
* Central Indiana coverage of the race will be available on NBC affiliate WTHR.
* Broadcast coverage of qualifications on Saturday, Aug. 15 begins on NBC at 3 p.m. ET.
* Sunday, Aug. 16 broadcast coverage of Pole Day begins on NBC at 1 p.m. ET.
Granatelli: Larger than Life
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum has opened its latest exhibit, "Granatelli: Larger than Life." The exhibit will remain on display until June 20, 2021.
Annual 500 Oldtimers Events
The Oldtimers' Members-Only Barbecue and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame/Indianapolis 500 Oldtimers Special Recognition Dinner have been canceled this year due to COVID-19 precautions. See you in 2021!
The countdown to the Indianapolis 500:
COVID-19 has forced significant adjustments to all schedules globally, including that of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. The following is the modified schedule (all times Eastern):
June 6: Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. Winner: Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing.
July 4: GMR Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, Winner: Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing.
July 11: Rev Group Grand Prix at Road America, Race 1. Winner: Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing.
July 12: Rev Group Grand Prix at Road America, Race 2. Winner: Felix Rosenqvist, Chip Ganassi Racing.
July 17: Iowa Speedway, Race 1. Winner: Simon Pagenaud, Team Penske.
July 18: Iowa Speedway, Race 2. Winner: Josef Newgarden, Team Penske.
Aug. 8: Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio, Race 1, postponed to a later date
Aug. 9: Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio, Race 2, postponed to a later date
Aug. 15-16: Indianapolis 500 qualifying (NBC)
Aug. 23: Indianapolis 500, 2:30 p.m. (NBC)
Aug. 29: Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, Race 1, 7 p.m., TV TBA
Aug. 30: Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, Race 2, 3 p.m. (NBCSN)
— INDYCAR events at Barber Motorsports Park, Long Beach, Circuit of The Americas, Detroit, Richmond International Raceway, Toronto, Portland International Raceway and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca have been canceled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Indianapolis 500 schedule
Wednesday, Aug. 12: Opening Day Practice
Thursday, Aug. 13: Practice
Friday, Aug. 14: Fast Friday Practice
Saturday, Aug. 15: Practice and Qualifying (NBC from 3-5 p.m.)
Sunday, Aug. 16: Practice and Qualifying (NBC from 1-3 p.m.)
Friday, Aug. 21: Miller Lite Carb Day Practice
Sunday, Aug. 23: 104th Indianapolis 500 (NBC). TV broadcast at 1 p.m., race at 2:30 p.m.