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IMS enforces security restrictions for parking, coolers

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Race fans may notice some new security procedures as they head to the track this May. IMS officials reviewed their security plan at the track after the events at the Boston Marathon.

“We work with all the law enforcement agencies, from the folks in the town of Speedway, through IMPD, through the state, all the way up to the federal level,” said Doug Boles, IMS Chief Operating Officer.

One change includes new parking restrictions. Only fans with a parking pass will be able to park in the infield on race day.

“What that parking has allowed us to do is capture the names and addresses of everybody that’s coming in, so we know who’s coming here,” said Boles.

IMS officials will also enforce restrictions on coolers, which must be 18-inches by 14-inches by 14-inches to be allowed into the track.

“We’ve had them forever, but never really enforced them,” said Boles.

Boles said officers will be checking coolers at the gates as well, both on race day and at this weekend’s qualifying events.

Most race fans said they were understanding of the new restrictions.

“I think it’ll really help and make sure everybody is safe,” said race fan Rose Davis.