INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Racing season is officially underway in Indy. Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials, drivers, the Indy Girls, and even Mayor Greg Ballard were on hand for a pep rally Wednesday afternoon.
“There’s no other place to be in May than Indianapolis, and it’s my favorite month of the year. And this year with the [Grand Prix] of Indy this weekend and then opening day on Sunday, it’s a really cool time of year to be here.” Driver Pippa Mann said.
Rookie Indy 500 driver Sage Karam called Indianapolis the best place in the world during May.
“I’m actually missing my senior prom for this, so it’s a funny situation,” Karam said. “I’m only 19, so I’m the young guy in this whole field.”
IMS President and CEO Doug Boles said he expects more than 40,000 people to attend the track’s inaugural Grand Prix this Saturday.
“We think it’s going to lead to a tremendous May and great running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 25,” Boles said.
He said there are still tickets available for Friday and Saturday. Also, Thursday is a free day at the oval.
Boles also announced 33 cars will be racing in the 98th Indy 500, after he was handed the entry list.
Ballard encouraged folks in Indiana to support the races by wearing white, black or checkered clothing on the Fridays before each race. He declared both May 9 and May 23 Checkered Flag Friday.
“We can’t wait to see what folks in the city do to dress up to celebrate racing here in Indiana,” Boles said.