SPEEDWAY, Ind. – Thousands of people came out Friday night to the “Festival on Main” in Speedway, on the eve of the third annual Grand Prix of Indianapolis.
Speedway’s Main Street was packed to the brim, with full patios, flowing drinks and new energy breathed into the area nestled next to the track.
“It’s a big change from ten years ago when we moved here, seeing everything pop up, redevelopment,” said Richard Miller.
Parents were impressed with how family-friendly the festivities were.
“We did a bunch of games, a bunch of inflatables for the kids, no lines, it was awesome,” said Krista Lewis.
If you’re coming to the track for the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis, know that gates open at 8 a.m. That’s also when the ticket office opens. A handful of races will go on before the Grand Prix. The green flag drops at 3:50 p.m. for the 82-lap contest.
Many Friday night said in its third year, the Grand Prix is a good addition to the track.
“It gives something else for the month of May, something to start the month,” said Chad Moore.
But this year is a special year.
“The past few years, the excitement has been building. You see IndyCar getting all of its nostalgia and excitement back with the 100th running. You can’t beat it,” said Heather Carpenter, with the Indy Family Foundation.
The funds raised as a result of the beer garden and inflatable ticket sales goes back to the Indy Family Foundation, a benevolent fund that provides financial assistance to those who encounter hardship in the motorsports community.