More Security At Indy 500 Because Of Boston Marathon Bombing (VIDEO)

By Corinne Rose

May 24, 2013 Updated May 24, 2013 at 5:33 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- If you're joining the hundreds of thousands of race fans in Indy this weekend, there will be more security in place than ever before.

Nearly half a million race fans will fill the stands at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 97th running of the race Sunday.

But after the Boston Marathon bombings this month, Indiana Homeland Security leaders are taking no chances.

Republican State Senator Tom Wyss of Fort Wayne serves on the Homeland Security committee. While he can't reveal specifics, he says there will be additional security measures for the race itself as well as the safety of people getting to the track and back.

“There's areas that are, obviously, where people are compact in there, which is one of the reasons they're closing Georgetown Road. But that's been necessary anyway. Every time I've gone down there, I've always wondered why they allow anyone to drive down there during race day because, you know, especially when the race is going to start or when the race has ended, because people are all over that place,” Wyss says.

Wyss is going to the race and says he feels safe attending it. He says because it’s a worldwide event, federal officials will be there along with local and state law enforcement.

If you can’t be there in person, you can watch the race on 21Alive. Full coverage begins at 11 Sunday morning.

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