IMS road course open for business Wednesday! Track ready for race?

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INDIANAPOLIS — IndyCar drivers got to test the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Wednesday in preparation for next week’s inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

The test was open to the public so race fans got a first look as well.

“It’s IndyCars on the track, why would you not be out here?!” said Joe Wever.

“When cars are on the track, if I can get here, I’ll get here,” said Bill McCormick. “I drove 3 and a half hours to get here.”

This is McCormick’s 33rd year at IMS.

His love started like it did for many of the drivers, when his dad bought him a go-kart.

“We took it around the yard and he said he had a surprise so he brought us out here and took us to a suite and Parnelli Jones was speaking and I’ve been sucked in and I’ve been coming ever since.”

Twenty-five drivers turned laps throughout the day. 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan took the first lap.

“It was nice to be the first one to go out,” said Kanaan, Chip Ganassi Racing driver. “I didn’t expect that. It was a surprise to me.”

IMS officials say the track is ready for the big weekend, other than a few cosmetic fixes that need done this week.

“I know we’re having fun adapting and figuring it out,” said Ed Carpenter, owner/driver for Ed Carpenter Racing. ” It’s always fun when you go to a new place. Hopefully they’re seeing that it’s going to be an exciting race with some passing zones and give everyone a reason to come out opening weekend in May.”

Tickets are still available.

The track opens for practice Thursday May 8th. The green flag drops on the Inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis on Saturday May 10th.