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 199.998 miles
Laps 82
Most wins (driver) France Simon Pagenaud (1) Australia Will Power (1)
Most wins (team) SS Motorsports (1) Team Penske (1)
Most wins (manufacturer) Italy Dallara (2)

The Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis[1] is an IndyCar Series race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana. The race takes place in early May on the combined road course at the Speedway. The inaugural running occurred in 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 Grand Prix serves as a lead-in to the Indianapolis 500. Support races are held, including Indy Lights, Pro Mazda and U.S. F2000.


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] The road course layout had opened in 2000, and was utilized initially for the United States Grand Prix from 2000-2007. Later, it was used for Moto GP, and Grand Am. Indy cars had never raced on the circuit, but it was occasionally used as a test facility, since many teams are headquartered in the Indianapolis area. Dan Wheldon notably tested the DW12 chassis at the course in September 2011.

In September 2013, an IndyCar feasibility test was conducted on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.[4][5] The test yielded positive results. Speculation immediately began to grow about a possible race for 2014, either as a May "doubleheader" event with the Indy 500, or a stand-alone race in the fall. The inaugural race was announced on October 1, 2013, and was scheduled for early May.[6] The decision was made to utilize the course in a clockwise layout, and to re-work certain parts of the track.

Course changes[edit]

In October 2013, a construction project began to reconfigure the road course layout in order to the make the circuit more competitive, better for fans, and more suited for 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 with a raised curb on the inside. The road course portion inside oval turn 4 was revised to remove two slow turns, and effectively lengthened 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 mimics the motorcycle course, and utilized the "snake pit" infield complex. Two of the sharper corners (utilized by the motorcycles) were bypassed and replaced with a single 90-degree right turn. The new course distance measure 2.439 miles (3.925 km).

Race summaries[edit]


Simon Pagenaud won the first Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

The month of May at Indianapolis opened with the Inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the Speedway's road course. With the field lined up for a standing start, polesitter Sebastián Saavedra's car stalled. A huge crash resulted, involving Saavedra, Carlos Muñoz, and Mikhail Aleshin, showering debris along the frontstretch and into the pit area.

Late in the race, Simon Pagenaud led Ryan Hunter-Reay. Both drivers were low on fuel, and trying to nurse their cars to the finish. Hélio Castroneves, who had pitted for fuel, was charging through the field, and looking to run down the leaders. Pagenaud held off the challenge, and crossed the finish line just ahead of Hunter-Reay and Castroneves. Pagenaud's car ran out of fuel on the cool down lap. Series rookie Jack Hawksworth, who earned his first front-row start, led a field-high 31 laps and finished seventh.


Will Power won the pole position for the second annual Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis, continuing a dominating trend in 2015 for Penske Racing during qualifying. Penske cars qualified 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th, with Ganassi's Scott Dixon (2nd) situated on the outside of the front row.

At the start, a multi-car tangle in turn one saw Scott Dixon spin out in front of the entire field. Helio Castroneves (in his milestone 300th Indy car start) was involved in contact, as was Josef Newgarden, and others. Will Power took the lead and dominated the race, leading 65 of 82 laps. Power became the fifth different winner in as many races for 2015.

For the second race in a row, Graham Rahal had a spirited run to finish second. After the final round of pit stops, Rahal was able to close within two seconds of the lead, but was unable to catch Power in the final few laps. The races was slowed for only one yellow to clean up the incident on lap 1.

Past winners[edit]

IndyCar Series[edit]

Season Date Driver Team Chassis Engine Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
Laps Miles (km)
2014 May 10 France Simon Pagenaud Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara Honda 82 199.998 (321.85) 2:04:24 96.463 Report
2015 May 9 Australia Will Power Team Penske Dallara Chevrolet 82 199.998 (321.85) 1:42:42 116.842 Report

Indy Lights winners[edit]

In 2005 Marco Andretti won the first Indy Lights race on the Indianapolis road course (then known as the Liberty Challenge)
For history of event, see Grand Prix of Indianapolis (Indy Lights).
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

Not held
2014 May 9 Australia Matthew Brabham Andretti Autosport
May 10 Brazil Luiz Razia Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
2015 May 8 United Kingdom Jack Harvey Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
May 9 United States Sean Rayhall 8 Star Motorsports

Pro Mazda winners[edit]

Season Date Winning Driver Winning Team
2014 May 9 Canada Scott Hargrove Cape Motorsports
May 10 Canada Scott Hargrove Cape Motorsports
2015 May 7* Malaysia Weiron Tan Andretti Autosport
May 8 France Timothé Buret Juncos Racing
May 9 Uruguay Santiago Urrutia Team Pelfrey
  • The May 7 race was held as a replacement for race that had to be cancelled at NOLA due to rain.

USF2000 winners[edit]

Season Date Winning Driver Winning Team
2014 May 9 United States Will Owen Pabst Racing Services
May 10 United States Adrian Starrantino JAY Motorsports
2015 May 8 France Nico Jamin Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing
May 9 France Nico Jamin Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing


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.

When the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was under construction in 1909, the original plans included a combined road course layout.[7][8] This would have allowed for both oval track and road course events. It is believed that some initial grading was completed for what would have been a 5-mile layout, but plans for the road course were scrapped during construction. It was not until 1998 that plans for a road course layout at the facility were revived, when the United States Grand Prix was announced.

In 1990, a street circuit in downtown Indianapolis was proposed,[9][10] with a goal of attracting a Formula One or CART Indy car race. The layout encompassed roads near the Hoosier Dome and Indianapolis Zoo. The plan never materialized.


  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". 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. ^ The Talk of Gasoline Alley. May 12, 2005. Network Indiana. 
  8. ^ The Talk of Gasoline Alley. July 25, 2014. WFNI. 
  9. ^ Indianapolis Street Circuit at
  10. ^ Indianapolis Street Track

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