Fans say Carb Day didn’t disappoint

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Race fans crowded the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during Carb Day—an estimated 75,000 of them.

People had the chance to watch drivers during the final practice before Sunday’s 97th running of the Indianapolis 500.

“(If) you live in Indianapolis, you’re supposed to do this kind of thing,” said Michael Willett, who’s been attending Carb Day for 39 years.

“It’s wonderful. A lot of beautiful women, all kinds of food. Of course, plenty of alcohol and other things. It’s a great time,” Willett said.

There were plenty of things for people to do at the track on Friday. They partied, danced, played games, hung out in the Snake Pit and listened to Poison.

“I left my wife (at) home today and she said, ‘You go up there and scope it out,'” said Gene Ernst, who recently moved to Columbus from Iowa. This was his first time at the track.

“This is amazing. You can just feel the vibrations and the excitement,” Ernst said.

Race fans said they enjoyed this year’s weather. Last year, people had to endure humidity and the blistering sun on Carb Day. Some fans had to be taken to the onsite medical facility because of the heat.

“I got sick and it was just unbearable for me,” Tracy Norris said.

This year it was cool and breezy.

“It’s beautiful. (Not) too hot. (Not) too cold. It’s the perfect atmosphere to be out today,” Norris said.

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