e party has already started here at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but the real excitement comes Sunday when 33 cars will take to the grid for the 101st Indy 500. I'm Steve Keating for Reuters News Agency.>> I think anyone can win the Indy 500.>> There's only been really one story here this May and that's beating Fernando Alonso the twice Formula One world champion who is skipping the Monaco Grand Prix to take a shot at Indy 500 glory.
Until this month, Spaniard had never been in an Indy car. And he's quickly gotten up to speed to the point where he is considered a real threat to walk away with a victory Sunday. He is the latest in a long line of celebrated racers to try their luck here.
This is a uniquely American race held on the Memorial Day weekend and close to 300,000 people will pour into this venue, including Vice President Mike Pence, on Sunday for a day of high octane partying. But following recent events in Manchester, where 22 people were killed by a suicide bomber, spectators will be greeted by tight security here at what is generally regarded as the world's biggest one day sporting event.