Indianapolis gains fame in new blockbuster movie

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It’s the hottest new kids movie out there and it’s putting Indianapolis on the silver screen.

“Turbo” hit theaters nationwide on Wednesday. The movie follows a snail with a need for speed, taking him all the way to the Indianapolis 500.

The speed we all know so well in Indianapolis made a big impact on the kids who saw the first showing Wednesday.

“I love it,” Addason Kaleth said.

“It’s really good, you should really go see it,” Ben Nichol said.

In real life, there’s plenty of “Turbo” hype at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The track is selling “Turbo” merchandise and hoping the movie will reach fans, especially kids, in a new way.

“I think folks are going to walk out with a pretty good idea of what the Indianapolis 500 is like on race day,” track president Doug Boles said.

Drivers featured in the movie could help, too. Dario Franchitti consulted on the movie, helping Dreamworks to bring IMS to life.

Driver Will Power even got a small role in the movie, voicing a broadcaster at the track.

While Indianapolis hopes the movie will help bring more people into the May action, the kids were just excited to see a movie that kept them on the edge of their seats.

“It’s very cool imagining what a snail would be like really fast,” Katy Pless said.

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