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Tighter security measures at Indy 500

May 27, 2013 Written by  The Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS — Hundreds of Indianapolis 500 fans missed the start of Sunday's race because of long lines to get into the track.
Fans reported waits of nearly two hours at some gates into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Many blamed tighter security measures that included checks of coolers and new traffic patterns that forced some to park a greater distance away.

The new security measures were a response to last month's deadly Boston Marathon bombings.

Speedway officials and Indiana State Police didn't immediately return calls from The Associated Press seeking comment. State police told WTHR that late arrivals caused the bottlenecks.

Some fans reported security officials quit checking belongings as the start of the race neared. John Bumstead of Logansport, Ind., says officials "opened the floodgates" as the race approached.

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