Fans excited for old and new attractions at IMS

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – New and old attractions had race fans rushing to get inside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday morning.

The good news is, those fans didn’t have to waste time waiting in line to see everything. The lines to get inside IMS moved quickly thanks to their new system for checking tickets.

Instead of tearing the stubs, security simply marked them with a marker. That got everyone inside about 25 seconds faster than previous years, and just in time to see Jim Nabors.

The beloved singer gave his final performance of “Back Home Again in Indiana,” something he’s done more than 30 times.

A new feature at the track this year was free sunscreen. Non-profit “Out Run the Sun” had tubs of them near entrances, hoping to spread awareness about Melanoma and how to protect your skin.

“One of our close friends actually just got diagnosed with stage 3 skin cancer. So just to get those out here, that’s perfect,” Alex Jahier said after lathering on sunscreen.

“I’m headed to the Snake Pit,” Gregory Efiom said with a smile. “I think everyone’s excited about that. So it’s good to get in here and be able to walk around and take in the whole environment.”

The start. We love the race, We come every year,” Tyler Glenn said.

“Just to see that final lap, I think that’s why everybody’s here,” Brett Coffey, of Columbus, said of his favorite part of the race.

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