Grand Prix weekend kicks off racing at IMS

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis takes place Saturday. This new race brings changes to the track and for fans who head that way.

The flagship event will host 33 drivers. Its 82 laps are not run on the famed oval; instead they’re run on the infield road course.

A new infield mound was added at turns 2 and 3. From there, fans can see seven turns of the road course, offering a much different view than from the stands.

24-Hour News 8 spoke with Indianapolis Motor Speedway president Doug Boles about another key race day difference.

“They’re going opposite direction on the race track than what they do for the Indianapolis 500, so it’s kind of strange to see cars running the wrong way down the front stretch,” said IMS president and CEO Doug Boles. “The other thing, if you’re here for race day for the start of the race, the race is a standing start. They start right here at the start/finish line from a stopped position, the light goes green and then they accelerate to almost 170 mph before they turn right. It’s really exciting to watch the start of this race in a different way.”

Before drivers take their positions Saturday, qualifying is Friday.

Details if you want to attend qualifying Friday:

  • Gates open from 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Practice runs from 10 – 10:45 a.m.
  • Qualifying is from 2 – 3:10 p.m.
  • Admission is $20 (kids under 13 free)

Details if you want to attend Grand Prix of Indianapolis on Saturday:

  • Gates open from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Pre-race ceremonies start at 3:30 p.m.
  • The race itself starts at 3:50 p.m.
  • Tickets start at $25

Tickets for both are still available

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