SPEEDWAY – The famous “Month of May” at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be kicked off by a new tradition.
On Tuesday IndyCar and the speedway announced that the road course race will be held during the afternoon on Saturday, May 10th.
The name of the event is the Grand Prix of Indianapolis and will be the first time the machines of the open wheel series will compete on the road course. The race will be televised nationally on ABC.
Qualifying for the event will take place on May 9th. The practice for the Indianapolis 500 will begin on Sunday, May 11th.
“The Grand Prix of Indianapolis is all about elevating the Month of May, the Indianapolis 500 and the IndyCar Series with more thrilling content for our loyal supporters and new fans,” said Hulman and Company Chairman Mark Miles “This will be a very different event than the ‘500’ and will be one of three major weekends of excitement at IMS in May.”
From a technical aspect the race will begin with a standing start and will go around the road course clockwise, opposite of the direction run during the Indianapolis 500.