BEFORE THE RACE | Race day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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(May 25, 2014) – Gates opened at 5:30 a.m. Sunday for the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500.

For fans, drivers and the media, the day started early!

Check out updates from the FOX59 News team:

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FOX59’s Liz Gelardi got an unexpected ticket this morning to give to an active member of the military:

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Driver Sage Karam is up and at ’em this morning:

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FOX59’s Larra Overton reports a crash at 16th and Georgetown:

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The Wayne Township Fire Department reminds race fans to take care of themselves on race day:

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And if you’re heading to the race, know the rules when it comes to coolers:

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Race day weather will be beautiful, according to FOX59’s Ron Smiley: http://fox59.com/2014/05/25/weather-wont-be-a-problem-for-the-race/

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Parking is sold out according to Indiana State Police:

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Driver James Davison, who qualified 28th, tweeted this on race day:

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It appears Helio Castroneves is ready to go:

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Indiana State Police say everyone going to the track should be prepared for long lines. Parking is at a premium:

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JR Hildebrand–and the police escort–appear to be ready for the race:

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Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard sends his regards to race fans:

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Ray Cortopassi, Jim O’Brien, and Angela Ganote mug for the camera:

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Graham Rahal says it’s a great day for racing…and not just in Indy:

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FOX59’s Chris Hagan meets up with Fuzzy Zoeller:
https://twitter.com/chrishaganfox59/status/470535198736924672

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And as they do every year, they’ve rolled out the red carpet for the Indy 500!

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Here’s a look at pole sitter Ed Carpenter on race day:

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Brian Wilkes provides some context for race day weather:

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Race day coverage continues on FOX59 until 11 a.m. on-air and online.

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What’s Tony Kanaan’s crew up to this morning?

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An Indianapolis 500 tradition comes to an end today when Jim Nabors sings “Back Home Again in Indiana” for the final time at the race:

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An Indianapolis 500 tradition comes to an end today when Jim Nabors sings “Back Home Again in Indiana” for the final time at the race.

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An Indianapolis 500 tradition comes to an end today when Jim Nabors sings “Back Home Again in Indiana” for the final time at the race.

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Ryan Briscoe is ready for the race! He qualified 30th:

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Charlie Kimball & his team are ready. Kimball will start in position 26.

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Helio Castroneves is ready to go!

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We caught some celebs on the red carpet this morning.

Check out our gallery: http://go.fox59.com/1kBXx9Y

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Jim Nabors talked earlier this morning about his final performance of “Back Home Again in Indiana” at the 500. Here’s our interview with him: http://go.fox59.com/1nkon7u

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