Indianapolis 500

Indy 500 Organ Donor Campaign Helps Grieving Families

May 26, 2017

Organ donation has become a mission for racing family’s during this year’s Indianapolis 500 with a goal of increasing the number of registered donors – and through the process comes healing and hope.

A Little Sister

Taylor McLean was close to her brother Bryan Clauson. He was an organ donor.

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For the first time in more than 60 years, the Indy 500 will be broadcast live on local television. 

Track officials decided to lift the longstanding local TV blackout, declaring a sellout of all tickets, including infield general admission tickets.  

They say it’s the first sellout in Indy 500 history. 

Mark Miles, the president and CEO of track management firm Hulman & Company says the announcement was made after analyzing aerials of the infield during previous races and estimating how many more people the facility could safely accommodate.

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Federal, state and local law enforcement are increasing public awareness and enforcement efforts surrounding human trafficking as Indiana prepares for the Indianapolis 500. 

Officials say Indiana is a “hub” for human sex trafficking because of the large sporting events it often hosts.

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The Indianapolis 500 is a sellout for the first time in more than 20 years.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway says the last reserved seats for the 500 sold late Friday morning, 23 days ahead of Race Day.

President Doug Boles says there's been a surge of attention for the 100th running of the 500, but he says it also reflects a string of close finishes in recent years.

Boles credits the sellout to the excitement over the 100th running of the race.