Race fans invited to watch practice for inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 8, 2014) — Race fans will get the chance to see IndyCar drivers practice on the new 14-turn road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Thursday in preparation for Saturday’s first running of the Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

Thursday’s public practice is free and gates will open at 9 a.m. The first IndyCar practice is scheduled for 10 a.m.

“These IndyCars will be doing 200 miles per hour down the front straight on this road course so they’re gonna be moving awful quick, even though it’s not on the oval and for fans who have come out and watched the Indy 500 before, I definitely recommend to come out to the GP of Indy this weekend,” said driver Pippa Mann.

Because the road course setup is new to IMS this year, officials are encouraging fans to park outside of the track. Suggested areas include the lots outside IMS and just south of IMS off 16th Street, the lot outside IMS on the west side of Georgetown behind the front stretch grandstands, or on IMS property north of oval turns three and four inside the 30th St. entrance (Gate 10).

The lot outside IMS at the corner of 30th and Georgetown is also open.

Parking for Thursday’s practice is $5 per vehicle in the outside lots and free in the lot inside the 30th Street entrance.

Friday’s qualifying laps are also open to the public for $20. Fans can buy tickets online to Saturday’s Grand Prix for $25.

The forecast for this weekend’s race includes showers at times.