INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - There will be more eyes at the raceway this weekend.
They'll come from a group of Purdue students studying homeland security.
The graduate students are taking a class on large event security, and worked to develop a checklist to help with efficiency and safety during the entry process.
"Having a fresh set of eyes, taking a look at it is always helpful," said doctoral student Kelley Misata.
Misata actually lives a half mile from the site of the Boston bombings.
She says she was at the race when the explosions went off.
"I think when anything hits your home town, you want to do things to make it better. Ironically enough, I registered for this class, right before I left the house to go to the race," said Misata.
"The items that were left behind, the backpacks and things, trashcans, are going to be more of a focus this year," said graduate student Hunter Musselman.
This is the second year the class has been based on Indianapolis 500 safety. The students spend a week at IMS, and will put their checklists to use on race day.
"We'll be working closely with IMS officials even on race day," said Purdue Professor Eric Dietz. "If we see things that could run more smoothly, we're going to offer those [suggestions]."
IMS officials say the class last year helped with efficiency as people walked in on race day.
"When we did that, we learned a lot," said Ron Pitman, IMS Guest Services Director. "Make sure we understand the flow through our gates, not only for a safety standard, but for efficiency purposes."
Officials have said there will be increased security at both IMS and the Pacer game this weekend.
IMS officials say they've got a comprehensive plan in place for safety, that multiple agencies have worked on, months in advance.
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