In September 2013, an IndyCar feasibility test was conducted on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, in preparations for a possible road course race to open the month of May 2014. The inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis will take place on Saturday, May 10, with Opening Day practice for the 500 taking place Sunday, May 11.
All four divisions of the Road to Indy ladder will participate in the meeting, with doubleheaders for the Cooper Tires Indy Lights (Liberty Challenge and Freedom 100) and IndyCar Series (Grand Prix of Indianapolis and Indianapolis 500), and road course races only for the USF2000 and Pro Mazda Series, with Lucas Oil Raceway hosting oval races for the two series during the oval race weekend.
ESPN on ABC will broadcast both feature races in the IndyCar Series during the Indianapolis 500 meeting. ABC will also carry time trials for the first time since 2008. A new play-by-play announcer will debut for 2014, after Marty Reid was fired by the network on September 29, 2013.
Paul Page, who served as the radio announcer for the 500 from 1977-1987, and later the television announcer (1988-1998, 2002-2004) will return to the radio booth. He will be the chief announcer for the radio broadcast, replacing the departed Mike King.