Grand Prix of Indianapolis

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Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis
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IndyCar Series
Venue Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Corporate sponsor Angie's List
First race 2014
Distance TBA
Laps 82
Duration 199.998
Previous names Grand Prix of Indianapolis
(2014)
Most wins (driver) France Simon Pagenaud (1)
Most wins (team) SS Motorsports (1)
Most wins (manufacturer) Italy Dallara (1)

The Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis[1] is an IndyCar Series race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana starting in 2014. The race takes place on the combined road course at the Speedway. The inaugural running occurred on May 10, 2014.

The race is run on a new, modified layout of the circuit previously used for the Formula One United States Grand Prix as well as the Moto GP motorcycle event.

The 2014 Grand Prix served as a lead-in to the 98th Indianapolis 500. Support races were held, including a revival of the Liberty Challenge.

Background[edit]

In 2012, Hulman & Co., the parent company of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, hired Boston Consulting Group to evaluate its business operations.[2] In their report, one of their suggestions was to explore the possibility of hosting an IndyCar Series race on the road course at Indy.[3]

In September 2013, an IndyCar feasibility test was conducted on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.[4][5] The inaugural race was announced on October 1, 2013, and was scheduled for early May.[6]

Shortly after the test, a construction project began in October 2013 to reconfigure the road course layout in order to the make the circuit more competitive, better for fans, and more suited towards Indy cars. The entire road course portion was repaved, while several segments were modified. The road course turn one was changed to a 90-degree turn, and moved further north. The road course portion inside oval turn 4 was revised to remove two slow turns, and effectively lengthens the Hulman Boulevard backstretch. At the end of the Hulman Blvd. backstretch, a new 90-degree left turn leads to a new series of faster turns behind the museum. Rather than follow original turn 13 (oval turn 1) like the U.S. Grand Prix did, the IndyCar circuit will mimic the motorcycle course, and utilize the "snake pit" infield complex. Two of the sharper corners (utilized by the motorcycles) will be omitted, replaced with a single 90-degree right turn. The new course distance will measure 2.439 miles (3.925 km).

Past winners[edit]

Season Date Driver Team Chassis Engine Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
(mph)
Report
Laps Miles (km)
2014 May 10 France Simon Pagenaud Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara Honda 82 199.998 (321.85) 2:04:24.0261 96.462 Report


Indy Lights winners[edit]

For history of event, see Liberty Challenge.
Season Date Winning Driver Winning Team
2005 June 18 United States Marco Andretti Andretti Green Racing
2006 July 1 United Kingdom Alex Lloyd Gary Peterson
2007 June 16 Japan Hideki Mutoh Super Aguri Panther Racing
June 17 United States Bobby Wilson Brian Stewart Racing
2008

2013
Not held
2014 May 9 Australia Matthew Brabham Andretti Autosport
May 10 Brazil Luiz Razia Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

History[edit]

The addition of the Grand Prix of Indianapolis will establish two Indy car races in the Indianapolis area. It will be the first time since 1970 that multiple Championship/Indy car races are being held in the greater Indianapolis area. Through 1970, the Indy 500 was accompanied by the Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, which at the time was a National Championship event. The Hoosier Grand Prix at Indianapolis Raceway Park was held as a USAC Champ Car race from 1965-1970.

In 1990, a street circuit in downtown Indianapolis was proposed,[7] with a goal of attracting a Formula One or CART Indy car race. The plan never materialized.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Associated Press (2014-06-03). "Angie's List to sponsor Indy GP". ESPN. Retrieved 2014-07-27. 
  2. ^ Mickle, Tripp (2012-10-26). "Hulman & Co. Hires Boston Consulting Group To Evaluate Businesses, Including IndyCar". Sports Business Daily. Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
  3. ^ Fryer, Jenna (2013-03-02). "AP Exclusive: Family told to keep IndyCar, IMS". AP. Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
  4. ^ Oreovicz, John (2013-09-04). "Bet on an IndyCar road race at Indy soon". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2013-09-10. 
  5. ^ "Board approves Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course event for May 2014". IndyCar Series. September 26, 2013. Retrieved September 26, 2013. 
  6. ^ Cavin, Curt (October 1, 2013). "IndyCar officials provide details for revised 2.434-mile IMS road course". IndyStar. Retrieved October 1, 2013. 
  7. ^ Indianapolis Street Circuit at RacingCircuits.net

External links[edit]


Preceded by
Indy Grand Prix of Alabama
Current
IndyCar Series races
Succeeded by
Indianapolis 500