FROM INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY PRESS RELEASE
INDIANAPOLIS, Saturday, May 9, 2015 – Threatening skies cleared just in time for the start of the second annual Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis, and soon after that something else became clear on Saturday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
No one was better than Will Power.
The driver of the No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet set a qualifying record Friday on the 14-turn, 2.439-mile IMS road course, then backed up that pole effort with a dominant race victory. The Australian led 65 of 82 laps and won by 1.5023 seconds over Graham Rahal, a runner-up for the second consecutive race in the No. 15 Steak ‘n Shake Honda of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. Juan Pablo Montoya, the 2000 Indianapolis 500 champion, finished third.
“I’m really happy to win here at this awesome facility,” said Power, the defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion. “If you always put yourself in that position to win, eventually it is going to come.
After the race, thousands of fans hit the road course for a Track Invasion, with many of those stopping to take a picture or steal a kiss on the famed Yard of Bricks. The Track Invasion – the first after a race at IMS – was the final piece of a full weekend of opportunities for fans to get up close and personal with the road course event.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be closed on Sunday for Mother’s Day and then will reopen on Monday as preparations for the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 begin.
“I was very determined to start this month off really well and we got pole and we won,” Power said. “Now we’ve got pole to aim for in the ’500.’”
Schedule change: Monday’s practice schedule for the Indianapolis 500 has changed and will now feature rookie orientation and refresher tests from Noon-1 p.m. and, after a one-hour break, full-field practice from 2-7 p.m. The change adds an extra hour of full-field evening practice.
Gates open at 10 a.m. Admission is $15 with fans 12 and under free.
Helio hits 300: Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves made his 300th career Indy car start at the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis, the seventh driver to reach that milestone. The Brazilian joins Mario Andretti, A.J. Foyt, Al Unser Jr., Al Unser, Michael Andretti and Johnny Rutherford in the 300 club.
Castroneves finished sixth on Saturday in the No. 3 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, battling back from an incident in the first turn of the first lap, where he made contact with Scott Dixon.
The Team Penske driver’s first Indy car start was the Grand Prix of Miami at Homestead-Miami Speedway in March 1998. Also making his debut in that race was Tony Kanaan, who will make his 300th start later this month at the Indianapolis 500.
2015 Ticket Information:
Ticket information is available for all racing events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2015 – the 99th Indianapolis 500, Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational, Lilly Diabetes 250, Crown Royal Presents the “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400 at the Brickyard and Red Bull Indianapolis GP.
Fans have three quick, convenient methods to buy tickets:
• Online: Visit www.ims.com/tickets. Tickets are available 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
• Phone: Call 800-822-INDY or 317-492-6700 between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday.
• In Person: Visit the IMS Ticket Office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday.
Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are available. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at 866-221-8775 for more information.
Information on parking and camping at IMS events is available at www.ims.com/tickets.