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The inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis is this weekend
The inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis is this weekend

The “month of May” at Indianapolis Motor Speedway just got a few days longer with the addition of the Grand Prix of Indianapolis for the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule. The inaugural race will be run on Saturday, May 10th on the “Brickyard’s” road course, and there’s plenty going on away from the track as well.

Rev, a food and music event featuring honorary chairpersons Scott and Emma Dixon, begins at 7:30 p.m. ET at the track. The event benefits Indiana University Health Trauma Services; tickets are $200 per person – find out more here.

Also that evening, the Indy Family Foundation’s Festival on Main presented by Firestone takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. ET. The free festival transforms Speedway, Indiana’s Main St. into a party zone with live music, food and beverage presentations, a custom car and bike show, a kids’ zone and more, leading up to the fireworks finale. Proceeds from the event benefit the Indy Family Foundation, a non-profit organization which aids people in the motorsports community who find themselves in financial need due to hardship caused by illness, injury or death; the event will take place rain or shine.

Thursday, May 8th is a great day to head to the track – admission is free for eight practice sessions throughout the day. Gates open at 9 a.m. ET and the day features practice for the IndyCars, USF2000, Pro Mazda and Indy Lights. On Friday, May 9th, gates again open at 9 a.m. ET, with the IMS Midway on the infield open from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET. Following IndyCar practice at 10 a.m. ET, qualifying for all four series hits the track, followed by the first races of the weekend for USF2000, Pro Mazda and Indy Lights.

Gates open at 7 a.m. ET on Saturday, May 10th, with the Celebration of Automobiles on view at Pagoda Plaza from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET, and the Midway opened the same hours on the infield. Racing action kicks off at 11 a.m. ET with the second races for USF2000, Pro Mazda and Indy Lights, followed by the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis, which goes green at 3:50 p.m. ET.

Tickets are still available for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis – Friday qualifying tickets are $20, while Saturday tickets range in price from $25 to $77. Learn more about the Grand Prix and the upcoming Indianapolis 500 at

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