4:47 PM EDT, May 25, 2012
Purdue University is using the Indianapolis 500 as an opportunity to teach.
Students studying homeland security are getting the chance to see what it takes to keep people safe at a large event like the race.
As people lined up to get into the track for Carb Day, Purdue students were standing by watching and learning.
Jason Bridwell is one of the students whose been visiting for the track now for two weeks as part of a homeland security class at Purdue.
“Where else do you have the opportunity to learn like this in a real environment?” asked Bridwell.
Eric Dietz is the group’s teacher. He said they have only noticed a few problems for fans.
“The issue that we see are just the people who are seeing that they are really enforcing the cooler standards and the glass standards,” said Dietz.
Bridwell said they are taking notes and recording data. The goal is to find ways to improve the line, conveying information and making sure everyone stays happy.
“If we can give good feedback it will be better for next year,” said Bridwell.
The Purdue students will also be at the track collecting more data on Sunday for race day.