Families focus on creating lifelong memories during Indy 500 weekend

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SPEEDWAY, Ind. – In the midst of the large Carb Day crowd we found people celebrating more than a good time, but family history.

“This is my 31st year coming to the track,” said Chad Bower of Indianapolis.

Chad Bower has been coming to the track since he was five years old. He says its only gotten better every year.

“My dad, as a kid we’d come up here every year and its a good bonding experience. Its a good time.” said Bower.

“This is the first time us three have been together at the track,” said Keith Hunter. He enjoyed Carb Day with his son-in-law and grand son.

“This is a place for memories. That’s what happens here. The drivers, the fans everybody. That’s the great thing about the speedway,” said Jacob Savage.

For others this experience has lead them to fall in love with the Hoosier state.

“This is actually my 99th time in Indiana. 99th time,” said Reno, Nevada resident Pasquale Carolo.

Carolo is a Colts season tickets holder and Indy 500 regular who uses this moment to bond with friends.

“We just started partying and we kept coming every year,” said Carolo.

For Jacob Savage the party has stopped. Now he’s focused on creating precious moments with his own son.

“We’re here in the kids zone instead of me out there doing beer bongs or whatever I would’ve been doing 5 or 6 years ago but I wouldn’t trade it. It’s even better than doing all that.”