VP Mike Pence makes pit stop at IMS before tax speech downtown

INDIANAPOLIS — Vice President Mike Pence surprised Indianapolis 500 organizers and fans with an impromptu stroll through Gasoline Alley and toward pit lane during Friday's practice.

The former Indiana governor spent about an hour at his home track.

He was scheduled to take a photo with this year's pace car, but after revving it up and watching part of practice from the first-turn suites, Pence decided to walk through Gasoline Alley.

Pence visited two teams, Dale Coyne Racing and Andretti Autosport, before walking to the historic 2.5-mile oval. He was greeted by cheering fans and waved to the crowd several times.

Pence, who has attended more than 30 Indianapolis 500s, left the track in his motorcade to more cheering fans.