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Brickyard 400 to move to July in 2020

Brickyard 400 to move to July in 2020

Sierra Hignite | News 8

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Sunday’s weather made for a beautiful day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but next year the date for the Brickyard 400 will change again.

Fans at the Brickyard 400 said enjoyable weather is one of the biggest differences between a race in September and a race at the end of May.

Last year, rain put a big damper on events for the Brickyard 400 and delayed the race itself. This year, fans say the weather has been much more enjoyable than the hot May sun. However, they can’t help but notice how many empty seats are in the stands, as opposed to previous NASCAR races.

“Yeah I can tell a big difference walking around or parking or just in the stands alone,” race fan Michelle Boyer said.

Some say the Brickyard attendance has been down since the race moved to September because it coincides with the Sunday NFL opener.

IMS said it plans to change the date of the race yet again for the 2020 Brickyard 400. Some fans feel no matter what the date is, people from Indianapolis will show up.

“People in Indianapolis love to have fun, get together, drink and watch stuff like this so I think it would be perfect,” fan Heidi Fancher said.

IMS said it expects a big crowd when the race is moved Fourth of July weekend.


2 Columbus police officers arrested, facing charges of misconduct, ghost employment

COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) — Two Columbus police officers have been arrested on multiple charges including official misconduct and ghost employment.

According to Indiana State Police, Dan Meister and Ron May were arrested for allegedly working off-duty security jobs while also working on duty with the Columbus Police Department. An investigation into the officers began in November 2018 after a request was made by the Columbus Police Department.

Lt. Dan Meister and Sgt. Ron May allegedly worked overlapping shifts for both the police department and Columbus Regional Hospital between February 2015 and August 2018. The officers were paid by CPD and the hospital for the same hours worked on multiple occasions.

Meister had overlapped hours on 52 different occasions and May overlapped on 62 occasions, investigators say.

The investigation was turned over to a special prosecutor and arrest warrants were issued for the men on Friday. They were arrested Friday afternoon without incident and taken to the Bartholomew County Jail, police say.

Both officers are facing charges of official misconduct, ghost employment and theft.

May and Meister are expected to face initial hearings soon.

Information about how long they have worked with CPD was not immediately available.