New traffic patterns leading up to Indy 500 has some fans lost

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SPEEDWAY, Ind. (May 22, 2015) -- Fans getting used to the new traffic patterns near the track could cause headaches on race day.

Carb Day marked a big test for the roundabout at 16th Street and Crawfordsville Road. For the most part, police officers reported smooth sailing, even saying it is easier to direct traffic than in years past.

"It’s been heavy but it’s been able to maintain through the day," Indiana State Police Sgt. Rich Myers said.

Just because the traffic was moving, though, didn't mean fans sitting in traffic knew where they were going.

"We didn't know the circle was there," fan Brad Muller said.

Muller drove in Thursday night from Green Bay, Wisc. and found himself in the roundabout before he realized he could no longer access Georgetown Road from Crawfordsville.

"We had to get the motor home turned around and go the other way," Muller said.

Car after car also made it all the way down Georgetown Road before having to turn around at the dead end. Ashley Rowsey watched them from the food stand she runs every year.

"I think out-of-towners are going to have a hard time," Rowsey said.

Despite her negative expectations, though, Rowsey said business was about the same as usual even without the Georgetown Road traffic of years past.

As for Sunday, Myers said to expect backups State Police suggest crossing into the Marion County line no later than 8 a.m. in order to get to your seats in time to see the pre-race festivities.

You can find more information on direction and travel tips here.