INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - An Indianapolis Motor Speedway official says tighter security imposed following the Boston Marathon bombings was the main cause of a bottleneck that caused hundreds of fans to miss the start of the Indy 500.
Speedway spokesman Doug Boles says stricter enforcement of cooler size limits contributed to a backup at the track gates shortly before the race started. Speedway security officials were checking coolers and requiring those that violated size limits to be taken back to cars.
Indianapolis State Police Sgt. Rich Myers says late-arriving fans were also to blame. He notes that the speedway had more people at gates to check coolers Sunday than in years past.
Fans reported waits of nearly two hours at some gates.