He said dodging Monday morning traffic with Fisher was a unique experience that he wouldn’t trade.
The new Grand Prix of Indianapolis, the first IndyCar Series road race at IMS, will jumpstart the month of May at IMS and build toward the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500.
May activities will begin with IndyCar Series practice for the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 8. Practice and qualifying are scheduled for May 9, with the race being on May 10.
All series in the Mazda Road to Indy will compete during the event, placing a singular spotlight on all levels of North American open-wheel racing throughout May at the Racing Capital of the World.
The race will feature a standing start and will run clockwise, the opposite of the Indianapolis 500, creating even more diverse competition during the month.
A $5 million reconfiguration project is underway on the existing IMS road course that will transform the layout with more speed and more hard braking zones to create additional passing opportunities and competitive racing. Additional spectator mounds and grandstands should also enhance the fan experience by providing more exciting vantage points to see the action in the infield section of the course.
Practice for the 98th Indianapolis 500 will open May 11.
IndyCar Series stars Helio Castroneves and Dario Franchitti are expected to try to become the fourth driver to win “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” four times, joining legends A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears. The return of 2000 Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya to the race with Penske Racing should also be a major fan attraction.
Tickets are now on sale and may be purchased by visiting the website at www.ims.com/tickets or by calling (800) 822-INDY or 492-6700 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Tickets are also available at the IMS administration building at the corner of Gerogetown Road and 16th Street in Speedway. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets for groups of 20 or more are available by calling 866-8775.