INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Butler University's famed bulldog mascots made a rare appearance at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Wednesday morning courtesy of driver Ed Carpenter.
The owner/driver is a proud Butler graduate and is seen in the front row at Hinkle Fieldhouse every chance he gets.
His pride is reflected on his car, and with Blue II and Blue III on hand with basketball coach Brad Stevens, Carpenter proudly displayed the Butler logo sticker on the machine he hopes to roll into victory lane next week.
"It's a lot of fun being in Indianapolis my hometown, and Butler's just down the road," Carpenter said. "To be able to do something together and hopefully to be able to celebrate together at the end of it sounds fun, but Butler has been great to me from the time I was there and since I've graduated. It's a great community and its fun to do things together."
Having Stevens on hand has become q tradition with Carpenter and Butler.
"It has and obviously it's fun when you get a chance to follow the race so close," Stevens said. "This is in his hometown, and to have a sincere rooting interest, it's fun, too. Ed's been great to us and we're proud of him and were rooting for him, and I'm proud he put the Bulldog on his car."
Saturday morning, Wishard Memorial Hospital closed its doors.
Snow that moved through Central Indiana this week has wrapped up, leaving some areas with more than 10 inches of snow.
Free bags of salt will be available to the public Saturday after snow moved through Central Indiana this week.