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Inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis a Success

A beautiful, sun-drenched afternoon provided the perfect backdrop Saturday for the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the reconfigured road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Fans enjoyed a day of great racing featuring the Verizon IndyCar Series and the Mazda Road to Indy developmental racing series, placing a singular spotlight on all levels of North American open-wheel racing at the Racing Capital of the World.

Designed to elevate the Month of May leading into the 98th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on Sunday, May 25, the Grand Prix of Indianapolis brought exciting Verizon IndyCar Series road course action to the Racing Capital of the World in a package that is fun, affordable and family-friendly.

The Grand Prix of Indianapolis, seen live nationwide on ABC, marked the first time that the Verizon IndyCar Series has competed on the IMS road course, which underwent a $5 million reconfiguration that created more passing zones, an improved surface and better racing.

During the race, fans took full advantage of reconfigured seating for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis which provided spectacular sightlines with new spectator mounds and grandstands available in the infield section of the course. With general admission tickets at $25 and children 12 and under admitted free, the Grand Prix of Indianapolis provided a tremendous live entertainment value for the entire family.

“After over eight months of hard work and dedication of the entire Indianapolis Motor Speedway staff, we are thrilled with the reception of the Grand Prix of Indianapolis by the fans and drivers alike,” said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president.  “Our goal was to create a new buzz and excitement at the beginning of May as we build anticipation for the 98th Running of the Indianapolis 500, and we believe that today’s race accomplished that goal.”

A popular feature for fans at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis was the fourth annual Celebration of Automobiles on Pagoda Plaza showcasing an amazing collection of 130 classic and vintage cars from 1910-1970. Vintage car owners and automotive enthusiasts from around North America have flocked to IMS since 2011 for the Celebration of Automobiles, which pays homage to the rich heritage of automotive development at the track.

Additional fan attractions at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis included an infield Midway featuring the INDYCAR Fan Village and the IMS Kid’s Zone.

The 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for Sunday, May 25.


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2014 ticket information: Ticket information is available for the remaining three events in 2014 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway –  98th Indianapolis 500, Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard and Red Bull Indianapolis GP.

Fans can order tickets at www.ims.com/tickets, by calling 800-822-INDY or 317-492-6700 between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday 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 through Friday.

Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are available. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at (866) 221-8775 for more information.
 

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