SPEEDWAY — The staff at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway got a little help with opening day ticket sales for the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis from IndyCar Series team owner Sarah Fisher.
Fisher was given the honor of selling the first tickets to John Herod of Speedway when they went on sale at 9 a.m. Monday.
“We are very excited to see another race at the speedway,” Fisher said. “As an open wheel fan, this is very exciting for me.”
The Grand Prix of Indianapolis is the first road-course event at IMS for the IndyCar Series. It will be May 8-10, 2014, on the newly designed 14-turn, 2.434-mile circuit. The 98th Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for May 25 on the historic 2.5-mile oval.
“There are some obvious concerns squeezing two events into the same month,” Fisher said. “But they’re trying to make this affordable for the fans. And we’re up for the challenge.”
Fisher, who also gave race fans rides in a two-seater, said she loves being a part of the racing community and loves visiting with fans.
“I like spending time with the fans,” she said. “And in racing, they really have a lot more access to us. And it’s so important that we spend time with them.”
As a team owner and former driver, she was able to take to the streets of Speedway with a few local fans. Mike Albert of Zionsville was the first fan to take a spin in Fisher’s two-seater.
“It was great,” Albert said. “It’s a totally different feel and a little bit of a rough ride.”
He said he got up early and headed over to IMS to be one of the first people in line to get tickets for the new race.
“It was well worth getting up early,” Albert said. “I’m very excited about the new race.”