INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WLFI) —Thirty-three drivers drove 500 miles around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday, and many from Greater Lafayette made the 62 mile trip to see the race for themselves.
"I'm finally here and I see what all the hypes about," said Austin Appleby.
"First time ever," said Brittany Gallarneau.
"Yeah been here every year since I was 5," said Spencer Ricks.
Plenty of fans attended the 102nd running of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, each with different backgrounds, and each for different reasons.
"For me it's the history. My dad and all his buddies they went to Purdue, and this is like their annual reunion every year," said Ricks.
For others like former Purdue Quarterback Austin Appleby, today was a first.
"I've been meaning to come here for a long long time," said Appleby. "I'm an Ohio boy, I'm here to visit my girl friend who lives in Indy, we got the tickets and so far so good! You can feel the energy as the cars go by its really cool."
Of the roughly 300,000 fans attending the race, many were Boilermakers.
"I saw the marching band here, dance team, a lot of people yelling Boiler Up to me, it's awesome," said Ricks.
"Had a lot of Boiler Ups," said Gallarneau.
While those fans were out enjoying their experience Will Power was busy winning his first Indy 500.