Fans revel in Carb Day fun at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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Fast cars, perfect weather and a huge crowd: the spectacle of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was in full swing Friday afternoon.

Many fans believe the final practice is better than Sunday's Indianapolis 500 race.

"It brings all of us from Indianapolis, all over the city, all together to have one big party," said one fan.

Friday's events featured IndyCar practice, an IndyLights race, and Super Trucks inside the big oval.

Rob McCurdy has been a fan since the 1960s.

"I think the sport is coming back. Indy racing as a whole is coming back," he said.

The Speedway added more races and more attractions to this May, aiming to bring back old fans and make new ones.

"It's a little younger than normal, which is good. Let's get the younger people excited about what's going on," said one woman.

One of the Indy 500's oldest fans got a lot of attention: Jim Nabors signed autographs, posed for pictures and said goodbye. Nabors will be 84 next month. This is his last race day serenading the Speedway. The 500 will be less of a spectacle without him.

Some racing fans are trying out something new this year, by camping out in the infield of the motor speedway.  It's called "Glamping", or "Glamour Camping".  Dan Shaw is trying it out this year.  He says, "Sleeping on a cot isn't my idea of camping, but sleeping on a pillow top bed is my idea of camping. It's very reasonable.  If you were to run the numbers, being inside the track, you get tickets to everything. It's very reasonable compared to parking outside, having to get in and out and you don't have to get in your car."

WTHR's Nicole Misencik and Anne Marie Tiernon will be glamping this weekend! Check out their reports at 11pm Saturday and from 5am to noon Sunday during WTHR's race morning show.

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