The 31-year-old told The Associated Press that a young man with another group began throwing beer bottles at his group, striking one of his friends. Then, Gossett was attacked. One man fired six shots and then pistol-whipped him, leaving him with a head injury that required a trip to a local hospital.
"We had a good old party going on here, and I didn't ask for all that stuff," said Gossett, whose had gashes and a deep bruise on his forehead. "I've been coming here 15 years and I've never had any problem out here. And other than that I had a good time."
Gossett and his friends, 32-year-old Jeremi Wilkins and 40-year-old Chris Bottorff, both of Indianapolis, said they don't think they'll go to next year's race.
Indiana State Police Sgt. Rich Myers said officers had arrested only one person Sunday: a pickpocketing charge at the track.
Indiana State Excise Police said officers working around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway over the weekend arrested 211 people on 250 charges.