In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, which killed three people and injured 264, officials at the the Indianapolis 500 have tightened security for the 97th running of the race, per Jim Peltz of the Los Angeles Times.
"We used to check (coolers) for bottles because we don't allow glass bottles, but now we're obviously checking more thoroughly," Boles said.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway spokesman Doug Boles told the media Friday that there will be size limits on drink coolers, more thorough checks of coolers and bags, and certain streets will be closed. With 200,000 fans expected to attend -- 220,000 showed up for the race in 2012 -- security is obviously a top priority.
The 2013 edition of the Indy 500 is set to begin Sunday at noon, and it will be broadcast on ABC. Dario Franchitti will try to defend his 2012 title and win for the fourth time at the event. Franchitti also took the checkered flag at Indy in 2007 and 2010.