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'It was a labor of love' | Indy 500 fan wins top prize for Porch Party decorations

Greg Mauel's home won top honors for his Indianapolis 500-themed decorations.

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indy 500 Porch Party had tough competition this year.

But Gregg Mauel and his family managed to come out on top.

"It was a labor of love, and it was well worth it," Mauel said.

Just like in racing, timing is everything. This isn't his first or second time trying to win this competition, but like they say, the third time is a charm.

"We did it eight years ago. We did it last year, but we didn't get our submission in on time before the cutoff date. This is our third time. We got it in on time," Mauel said. 

They started in late March and early April, working on the decorations. They spared no expense on the details. Their mini replicas of the drivers took six hours each to build.

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Gregg Mauel and his family spent hours creating mini replicas of Indy 500-winning drivers.

"This is May. This is how we show our pride and love for racing," Mauel said. 

To celebrate his big win, Mauel said he received a porch party with steak and chicken, a visit from IMS president Doug Boles and two drivers, plus a year's supply of steaks from Good Ranchers. 

Win or lose, events like this bring neighbors together.

"It's the start of the month of May. We can celebrate the entire month ,and at the same time, celebrate our love for racing," Mauel said.

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