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Daytona 500 to have limited fan capacity because of coronavirus pandemic

Fans who have already purchased tickets might have them adjusted because of social-distancing guidelines.
If Tampa-born Denny Hamlin wins the Daytona 500 again, he'll do so in front of a limited crowd.
If Tampa-born Denny Hamlin wins the Daytona 500 again, he'll do so in front of a limited crowd. [ JOHN RAOUX | AP ]
Published Dec. 2, 2020

The Daytona 500 will run in February in front of a limited number of fans because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the track announced Wednesday afternoon.

Daytona International Speedway did not specify how many spectators will be able to attend the 63rd annual event and the biggest race of the NASCAR Cup Series season.

“While we won’t be able to have a capacity crowd here in February, we are excited that we can host the Daytona 500 with those in attendance, as well as for the millions who will tune in live on Fox,” track president Chip Wile said in a statement.

“The Great American Race will once again have the aura and atmosphere that fans have come to know and love. From the pageantry of our pre-race festivities to the rumble of 40 engines roaring around the high banks, it’s the biggest stage in motorsports.”

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Many fans who have already purchased tickets for the Feb. 14 race will have to be moved because of social-distancing protocols. The speedway expects that process to be done by early January.

All spectators will undergo screening before entering the track and must wear face coverings.

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