INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Expecting assistance from the state, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is looking to the future to make sure it remains the greatest spectacle in racing.
Legislature approved the bill that would loan $5 million a year for the next 20 years to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The speedway will pay an additional $2 million a year for the same time frame.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway COO Doug Boles says the speedway is worth investing in.
"New dollars to the state, not just new dollars to the region but new dollars to the state is over $500 million. So half a billion dollars is brand new money coming to the state of Indiana because of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway," Boles told 24-Hour News 8 about the finding of a recent economic impact study.
Its not clear what projects the money will go toward, but will likely be unveiled in the fall, around the same time the funding is available.
"Is it the in-seat experience? Is it through technology? Is it new seating configurations? Is it lights? Is it video boards? There's all kinds of projects that are on the table and we have to look at each one to see which makes the most sense for us and the state of Indiana," Boles said.
The Chief Operations Officer for Indianapolis Motor Speedway says they could use help with ideas, so fans shouldn't be shy about calling or sending an email.
"There are 250,000 fans that come here on race day, right? And to an extent they see things and ways we can make their experience better. That's the kind of feedback we need. We poll our fans, we talk to our fans and sometimes its those unsolicited comments that really help us understand."
The Indiana State Police says a Crawfordsville police officer followed the rules when he was involved in a shooting on Nov. 23.
On Tuesday, the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence filed suit against an Indiana business that sold a gun used to shoot an IMPD officer.
Shelby County officials say one person was killed Tuesday afternoon in a head on crash that involved a semi and a vehicle.