Grand Prix is one of many new additions building race excitement

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SPEEDWAY, Ind. – Race preparations are already well underway at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Organizers are hoping to build the excitement with several changes this year. This weekend kicks off the first ever Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

“Lots of braking, lots of high speed acceleration so just the way that they see the cars running is going to be completely different then they’re used to seeing here at the speedway,” said Doug Boles, IMS President.

A new partnership was announced between country music artist Brantley Gilbert and and driver Sage Karam. Gilbert will join Kurt Bush as he pulls a “double.” The country artist will make a stop at the Indy 500 and then travel to Charlotte for the Coca-Cola 600. He is also performing at the brickyard. Karam’s car was outfitted with a picture of Gilbert.

The track also showed off its new food vendor with a sampling of mouthwatering eats. A team of chefs cooked up pork tenderloin sandwiches, sweet potato hash and sweet Indiana corn.

Organizers are inviting the public out to see the changes put in place for the first ever Grand Prix. Practice will be free and open to the public on Thursday.