Race fans arriving early for historic Indianapolis 500

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Race fans are arriving earlier than ever ahead of the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.

By the end of the week, central Indiana will be filled with fans, many from across the country and even across the world.

Some of those fans, like the Escontrias family from Houston, decided to get a head start.

"We come in for three weeks. We (came) in right before the Grand Prix," Henry Escontrias said.

They're not alone. FOX59 talked to Tina DeChristopher, Jackie Ginn, and Lisa Ulrich, who all arrived on Fast Friday and planned a 10-day trip to Indy.

"You get hooked and that’s what you do, you plan your vacation, you make sure you come every year," DeChristopher, who is from Georgia, said.

"This is my 30th year and I’m here for two weeks," Ginn, who is from Ohio, said.

At Dawson's on Main, servers said they are also noticing more fans arriving early from out of town. Ross Cooper, a student who works at the restaurant in the summer, said one recent guest was from Europe.

"As the week goes on, you get more and more people who come in. Friday for sure will be our big (day) because we have the Rockin’ on Main event here on Main Street," Cooper said.

Camping lots at the track don't open until Thursday, but some fans told FOX59 they had lined up other places to go until then.

Cooper and others said they expect Carb Day on Friday to be a big gauge of what this year's historic 100th race hype will be like.

"I think it is a lot busier, with it being the 100th running. Everyone’s excited for it," Cooper said.

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