On Track This Week '17 - IndyCar Grand Prix

Round 5 of the Verizon IndyCar Series kicks off today at the Historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the 4th running of the Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Like the Red Headed Step Child, this oddly placed road race plonks down like a speed bump just 2 weeks after everyone was in a frenzy over the start Month of May.

Given that they are only driving partially on the oval, and in the opposite direction, there is very little advantage to be gained by teams prior to the 500 practice lead up. Teams however are able to move in and settle into their garages for the month.

This is also the first opportunity for a couple of May only drivers to work with their teams, some lucky enough to use this race to shake off the cobwebs. Joining the cast this weekend: Juan Pablo Montoya (Penske) and Spencer Pigot (ECR)

The details...

Event: IndyCar Grand Prix
Venue: Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Infield)
Track Type: 14-turn, 2.439-mile permanent road course
(Track Map)

TV: Were back with ABC now for the next three races. This week they'll talk about the next race, 2 races from now they'll talk about the last race. All Indy 500, all the time ;-)

Broadcast Windows: Saturday, May 13, Race (3:30pm ET)

Web/radio: Mark Jaynes takes over as chief announcer. Joining him in the booth will be analyst Davey Hamilton. All Verizon IndyCar Series races are broadcast live on the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network, Sirius 212, XM 209,, and on the INDYCAR Mobile app.

Video Streaming: track activity not covered live on television will be available on the INDYCAR YouTube channel and

For those following along on Twitter this weekend, You can follow along with:

Other follow/bookmark suggestions:
@indycar, @indycarPR
oh, and of course @openwheelworld ;-)

The official #hashtag for the event is: #INDYCARGP
Other hastags to follow: #indycar

Here is this weekend's Entry List

Here is this weekend's Spotter's Guide

Here is the weekend schedule:
(All times local/ET)

Friday, May 12, 2017

7:55am - 8:15am USF2000 Qualifying
8:30am - 9:00am Pro Mazda Qualifying
9:15am - 10:00am Verizon IndyCar Series Practice 1
10:15am - 11:00am Indy Lights Practice
11:15am - 11:35am USF2000 Qualifying Race #2
1:55pm - 2:45pm Pro Mazda Qualifying Race #2
12:25pm - 1:10pm Verizon IndyCar Series Practice 2
1:45pm - 2:15pm Indy Lights Qualifying Race #1
2:30pm - 3:10pm USF2000 Race #2
3:25pm - 4:05pm Pro Mazda Race #2
4:20pm - 5:35pm Verizon IndyCar Series Qualifying
5:50pm - 6:50pm Indy Lights Race #1

Saturday, May 13, 2017

8:45am - 9:05am Pro Mazda Race #2
9:20am - 9:50am Indy Lights Qualifying Race #2
10:05am - 10:45am USF2000 Race #2
11:00am - 11:30pm Verizon IndyCar Series Warm Up
1:15pm - 2:25pm Indy Lights Race #2
3:50pm IndyCar Grand Prix (85 laps)

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Written 05-12-2017, 08:50 am
Updated 05-21-2017, 06:11 pm
Written by M. Beer

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