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Fans celebrate a beloved Hoosier tradition

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SPEEDWAY, Ind. - There's just something about the sound of race cars going around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at more than 100 m.p.h.

"You feel it all through your veins. If you don't feel it through your veins, you're not a Hoosier,” said race fan Candy Lyons of the sound she’s grown up with her entire life.

Every year, for one day in May, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is where Hoosiers and race fans come to feel that sound in their veins and soak in the unmistakable sights and sounds of the Indy 500.

"Love the sounds, the smell, the sights, the girls.  Love it all,” said Rick Darlington, who never misses a race.

When Darlington sits in turn two, it’s like he’s coming home.

"I was born six blocks from here, so I've been coming since I was 5,” Darlington explained.

Memories are the stuff the Indy 500 is made of.

"That's what this race is about,” said Mark Leto, sitting in the stands of turn two. "My dad and I used to come here. He's since passed, but the tradition is still there. Same seats from 18 years ago when he went."

"Same Turn, same hill - 30 years." John Rowe said from his spot on the grass in turn two. Like Leto once did, Rowe shares the race every year with his father, JR.

"It’s a family tradition,” said JR Rowe.

It’s an Indiana tradition, too, just like a song fans could be heard singing - "Back Home Again, in Indiana."

"It's Indianapolis.  It's in our back yard.  Why do you not celebrate this,” said John Cavallaro, gesturing to the sights around him. “The history. It’s been going on for 100 years almost."
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