SPEEDWAY, Ind. – Local businesses proudly display signs welcoming race fans throughout the town of Speedway. The excitement of race weekend and the sound of cars at the track is already in the air. This year businesses are getting ready for even more customers with the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis.
“They’re inundated during this time of the year. I mean they’re are a lot of fans coming to town, race teams, people that have to be at the track all day looking for someplace to go for lunch or dinner. It’s a busy time,” said Scott Harris, executive director of the Speedway Redevelopment Commission.
Businesses near the track are used to race fans during the Indy 500 but this year those fans are arriving even earlier. The addition of the Grand Prix makes for two very busy weekends in May.
Yogulatte has already seen several people who are in town for the race. They’ve been stopping in for frozen yogurt, coffee and to ask directions.
“I think it’s really going to help all the businesses around here, again we’ve already seen an uptick just from the out of town visitors and it’s just exciting you hear the cars a lot earlier in the month,” said Karen Vance, owner of Yogulatte.
The atmosphere is exciting for David Huff, owner of Barbecue and Bourbon. Huff, a race fan turned restaurant owner is looking forward to serving all those hungry fans. Barbecue and Bourbon is a new addition to downtown Speedway. It opened in November 2013.
“It’s all new to us, hopefully we’ll do a good job and knock it out of the park,” said David Huff, owner of Barbecue and Bourbon.