News & Multimedia

GRAND-AM Champion Gurney Happy With First Day Of Test At IMS

GRAND-AM drivers and teams prepared for the inaugural Super Weekend at the Brickyard in July 2012 by testing Wednesday, Sept. 7 on the Grand Prix road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Testing also is scheduled from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, with Daytona Prototypes and GT cars from the Rolex Sports Car Series and Grand Sport and Street Tuner cars from the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge. Fans are welcome to watch GRAND-AM testing Thursday for free from the South Terrace grandstands adjacent to the IMS Hall of Fame Museum.

GRAND-AM will make its IMS debut Friday, July 27, 2012 as part of the inaugural Super Weekend at the Brickyard. Separate races for the Rolex Sports Car Series and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge will take place that day on the 13-turn, 2.534-mile Grand Prix course at IMS, with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series action also on the oval during the four-day event from July 26-29.

GRAND-AM drivers testing today at IMS included Alex Gurney, Ricky Taylor, Max Angelelli, Craig Stanton, Ronnie Bremer, John Edwards, Eric Foss and Tom Long.

Two-time Daytona Prototype season champion Gurney is the son of Indianapolis 500 and American Formula One legend Dan Gurney, a two-time Indy 500 runner-up as a driver and the winning car owner in 1975 with Bobby Unser behind the wheel.

After his morning test session under cool and windy conditions at IMS, Gurney spoke about his experience.

Q: After getting a few laps under your belt, what are your thoughts about running at IMS?

ALEX GURNEY: It’s great to be here at Indy. I’ve never driven around this course. I went once around it in a bus, but other than that I haven’t been. So I guess it’s been a little over 40 years since a Gurney has been here. It’s pretty exciting for me. There’s a lot of family history here, and when I drove in this morning, I was thinking how hard my dad fought for so many years to win here, and they were able to do it with a team. But anyway, it’s real special to be here.

Q: How happy are you to see GRAND-AM running at Indy?

GURNEY: It’s great. We love it that GRAND-AM is coming here. It’s on the infield road course, but it’s still Indy. When you’re driving outside, you realize how big the place is and how special it is, and how many great drivers have been here.

Q: As a driver, is this a fun course for you to compete on?

GURNEY: It is. I think when the car is working well, the track’s going to feel great. We’ve only been out for a few laps to get a feel, but so far it’s a lot of fun.

Q: What were your initial thoughts when you first heard that GRAND-AM was going to run here?

GURNEY: It did feel like a natural fit. I haven’t heard exactly how long the race is going to be. I think they’re working on a longer endurance race, so that would be really exciting. I think coming here on the NASCAR weekend, it’ll be our biggest crowd ever, so it’ll be nice to get GRAND-AM in front of a lot of fans.

Q: Do you think fans like GRAND-AM racing after they experience it?

GURNEY: They do. The racing is undeniable. To me, it’s the best racing in the world. I think the cars are kind of the perfect balance between today’s technology and keeping it within the range where the aero isn’t doing all the work, so drivers are still sliding around a lot and they have contact, and people love it.

Q: Did your father give you any advice before coming here?

GURNEY: Not really, but I’ve heard a lot of stories over the years. He was so close in 1969 with Mario (in the Indianapolis 500), and he got second two times (1968, 1969) so it’s pretty fun to be here.


2012 tickets: Ticket orders for the 2012 Super Weekend at the Brickyard on July 26-29, 2012 can be made at and through the IMS Ticket Office at (317) 492-6700, or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, or by visiting the ticket office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday-Friday.

General admission tickets will cost $10 for Thursday, July 26, $30 for Friday, July 27, $40 for Saturday, July 28 and $30 for Sunday, July 29. A four-day Super Weekend general admission ticket is $75, a great value for the ultimate race weekend.

Children ages 12 and under will be admitted free any of the four days of the Super Weekend at the Brickyard when accompanied by an adult with a general admission ticket.

Reserved tickets for Saturday and Sunday also will be available at various price ranges.

The Super Weekend at the Brickyard will feature the NASCAR Nationwide and GRAND-AM Road Racing series for the first time at IMS as they join the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for an unforgettable four days of on-track activity, featuring four races in three days.

Show More Show Less
Now Viewing
GRAND-AM Champion Gurney Happy With First Day Of Test At IMS
GRAND-AM Champion Gurney Happy With First Day Of Test At IMS
GRAND-AM drivers and teams prepared for the inaugural Super Weekend at the Brickyard in July 2012 by testing Wednesday, Sept. 7 on the Grand Prix road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Read More
Related Media
Kyle Busch
Monday Racing Roundup: Kyle Busch Wins NASCAR Sprint Cup Title at Homestead
Finishing off one of the most remarkable comebacks in NASCAR history—indeed, in the annals of sport—Kyle Busch won Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway and, with it, his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.
Read More
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Monday Racing Roundup: Championship Foursome Set
A serendipitous sequence of pit stops and a drizzle that turned into a downpour made a winner of Dale Earnhardt Jr. in Sunday night’s Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, the start of which was delayed from day to night by rain in the afternoon.
Read More
Hulman Terrace Club
New Hulman Terrace Club Offers Premium Seating for IMS Events
The Hulman Terrace Club, located on the outside of the front straightaway of the famed 2.5-mile oval past the exit of Turn 4, will feature more than 1,000 seats plus ADA-accessible seating for fans seeking a club option similar to what is offered at many other major U.S. stadiums. It’s the first new seating option at IMS in more than a decade and a key piece of the ongoing Project 100 initiative. Pre-sale registration is available here with tickets officially going on sale Dec. 1.
Read More
Jimmie Johnson
Monday Racing Roundup: Johnson Completes Texas Sweep
On Sunday, the six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion completed a sweep of this year’s Texas Motor Speedway races, powering past hapless Brad Keselowski with three laps left to win the AAA Texas 500 for the fourth straight year.
Read More
Jeff Gordon
Monday Racing Roundup: Gordon Punches Ticket for Chase Finale
Long before Gordon held off Jamie McMurray in a two-lap run to the finish as darkness consumed the .526-mile short track, Kenseth ended polesitter Joey Logano’s remarkable run in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup by pile-driving Logano’s No. 22 Team Penske Ford, which was leading the race at the time, into the Turn 1 wall on Lap 454 of 500.
Read More
Items 1 - 5 of 664
Reserve one of our hospitality suites for your next event!
To start planning your event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway please fill out our Information Request Form or contact Laura Wyamn at (317) 492-8557 or email at
Latest Tweets
What is your Favorite @JourneyOfficial song? Come out to hear it for @MIllerLite Carb Day! #DontStopBelieving
about 8 hours ago