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IMS Security Level Raised This Weekend

Last updated on Tuesday, May 20, 2014

(INDIANAPOLIS) - Race fans should expect extra security around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security raised the security concern for the Indy 500 up from Level 3 to Level 2. That means the federal government will join state and local agencies to keep fans and drivers safe.

Local homeland security division Chief Gary Coons said this could mean an additional helicopter for air patrols and more bomb and drug sniffing dogs on the ground.

IU grad and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban will be the honorary starter at this weekend's Indianapolis 500.

Cuban will wave the green flag at Sunday's 98th running of the race.

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