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May 6, 2014

Ken de la Bastide: Indy Grand Prix should be special

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There can be only one inaugural for any event, and this weekend the Indianapolis Motor Speedway plays host to the first Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

It marks the first time the Verizon IndyCar Series will compete on the revamped road course at the famed IMS oval and kicks off three straight weeks of activity leading up to the Indianapolis 500 on May 25.

Practice begins Thursday, with qualifying at 2 p.m. Friday and the 82-lap race set for 3:40 p.m. on Saturday. The Firestone Indy Lights will be conducting two events on the road course.

IMS officials are estimating more than 50,000 fans for the first Grand Prix.

I’ve been a long time advocate of having the IndyCar teams compete on the road course at IMS so I hope this will become an annual addition to the month of May.

During practice sessions leading up to the Grand Prix, 19 drivers toured the 14-turn road course within one second of each other. The drivers have also indicated that there are several places that will allow passing.

One change long time IMS fans will notice is that the cars will be traveling in the opposite direction with Turn 1 just to the north of the pit area. That will be a prime spot for passing.

Who will win the first Grand Prix of Indianapolis? Money would have to be on the drivers that have done well on the street and road courses in the past.

Expected to compete for the victory are Will Power, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Mike Conway, Scott Dixon, Juan Pablo Montoya, Justin Wilson and Sebastien Bourdais.

Montoya has a unique opportunity to possibly win three races in one year at IMS. Although Montoya is racing full-time with the Verizon IndyCar season, he has secured a ride with Ganassi Motorsports for the Brickyard 400 with the Sprint Car series.

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