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Officials concerned over business impact of delayed Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS — Local officials say the postponement of the Indianapolis 500 from Memorial Day weekend until late August because of the coronavirus pandemic has created a “void” for businesses near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway that rely on spending by race fans and tourists.

Connie Harris, executive director of the Greater Speedway Area Chamber of Commerce, said May is usually a busy month for restaurants and businesses in the Marion County town of Speedway.

But Chris Gahl, Visit Indy’s senior vice president for marketing and communications, says the race delay will hurt businesses in what’s usually their most profitable time of the year.

Associated Press

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