Officials express confidence in Indy 500 security plan

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials and Indiana State Police say they are confident in their security plan for this year's Indianapolis 500 and won't remove trash cans from the track in response to deadly blasts at the Boston Marathon.

State police Sgt. Brian Olehy said during a news conference Tuesday that officers will conduct frequent security sweeps of garbage cans but won't remove them because doing so would pose a health hazard.

Speedway spokesman Doug Boles said about 60 people met Tuesday to discuss how to respond to an incident like the Boston bombings. He said the exercise was one of dozens of public safety meetings held each year.

The exercise included public safety officials and representatives from hospitals and the National Weather Service.

The Indianapolis 500 is May 26.


  • The Only Thing We Have To Fear Is Fear Itself
    One sure sign the Indianapolis 500 is as strong as ever is the willful hostility and selective ignorance of a handful of critics who obsessively trip over themselves to offer mostly off-topic commentary about it. That's too bad. I am also not personally worried about the potential shenanigans of mayhem causers either. The news media does a great job of whipping the public up into a scared frenzy over random acts of violence but if we worry about bombs and terrorism they win. I've been going for 48 years and won't stop now.
  • Actually
    The only place the Indy 500 is the number one sporting event in the world is on their own Wiki. In fact, if you check out the Forbes list of top 10 sporting events, it doesn't even make the list, but the Daytona 500 does. Sorry. And, we are, in fact, giving the IMS taxpayer monies to the tune of $100 million. You can read about it right on this very site. Sorry, again.
  • User tax
    Ummm....you do realize the money for the speedway is mostly coming from a $1 fee imposed on speedway event tickets and from racino taxes. All other money is from a new TIF district. IMS has brought more tax money to the state than the state could ever repay to IMS. Also still the LARGEST 1 day sporting even in the WORLD. Be proud of your community assets and Get a clue.
  • Speedball? Hairball!
    They're still running the 500? Who knew? Nobody has cared about this race for decades now, and I figured with their taxpayer bailout that they might not even run this year. It's just a matter of time before the track is sold and redeveloped into apartments for upwardly mobile gay couples. Perhaps there will be a wedding chapel as well. Doesn't matter. I don't support businesses that demand taxpayer bailouts and anyone who does really isn't worth protecting. Just my 2 cents.

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