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Beware of fake parking passes at IMS

A warning for race fans: beware of fake parking passes. Speedway Police say some people bought parking passes they thought were real -- only to find out later they'd been duped.
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A warning for race fans: beware of fake parking passes. Speedway Police say some people bought parking passes they thought were real -- only to find out later they'd been duped.

At the track, it's a simple case of supply and demand.

"We were up in the stands, up on the-- I guess in turn 1, and we were sitting shoulder-to-shoulder with people, so, yeah, good crowd,” said Casey Page, a race fan from Louisville.

Big crowds and a lack of space put those coveted parking spots at a premium. Speedway Police warn that all IMS parking is sold out. So if someone is trying to sell you a parking pass - the kind that hangs on your rear view mirror - beware.

“If they're holding on to parking passes, again, it's probably too good to be true,” said Speedway Police Lt. Trent Theobald. "You've got to be real careful."

This hasn't been a serious problem at the track in the past, but the Speedway has never seen a celebration like this one.

"What it means for us logistically, operationally is that we have to think about it different because it's just so many more people,” said IMS president and CEO Doug Boles.

So race fan beware: If you don't have reserved parking for race day, be skeptical of a good deal on a pass, regardless of how real it might look.

"With the way the computers are these days, unfortunately, you have people out there that are out to scam and we sure don't want to see that happen to any of our guests here at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway,” Lt. Theobald said.

And a reminder from police to keep valuables in vehicles out of sight. There was a string of car break-ins during the Indianapolis Grand Prix last weekend. Also, on Sunday, a man was arrested for stealing items from vehicles, specifically cars and trucks that were not locked.