Indy to open more entrances
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will more than double the number of entrance lanes for fans attending Sunday’s Brickyard 400 NASCAR race following lengthy delays for fans before the Indianapolis 500.
The speedway said Monday it’s increasing the number of entry gates from 11 to 18 by converting some exit-only gates. The total number of entrance lanes will top 160.
It says it’s also hiring more staff with crowd-flow experience, adding better signage directing fans to gates and express lanes, and will direct fans to less crowded gates.
Heavier security after the Boston Marathon bombings angered thousands of Indy 500 fans who stood in line for up to two hours, with some told to lug coolers back to their cars parked blocks away because of new size restrictions.
Sprint Cup points leader Jimmie Johnson won last year’s race, his fourth.
Johnson also has four wins this season as he looks to win the Cup for the sixth time.
Hoke befriends cancer survivor, Ohio State fan
Brady Hoke is inviting the young Ohio State fan who named his cancer Michigan to see the Buckeyes play the Wolverines.
Michigan’s coach has offered Grant Reed tickets to this year’s matchup between the two rivals in Ann Arbor. A Michigan spokesman confirmed that Hoke called Grant and his family Monday.
Columbus, Ohio, TV station WCMH reported the 12-year-old Grant finished his final chemotherapy treatment a couple weeks ago. Grant’s father, Troy, told the station his son gladly accepted Hoke’s offer.
When Grant was diagnosed with cancer less than two years ago, he chose to name his disease Michigan. He wanted to beat it – and he has.