IndyCar Grand Prix 2017

Dated: 05/01/2017

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Ask anyone in the Greater Indianapolis area, and they will tell you that the month of May is sacred to locals. May in Indianapolis is associated with racing, particularly all the racing that occurs at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Since 2000, there have been 85 races held on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. However, there have only been three IndyCar Grand Prix races because the event is only in its fourth year. While it certainly lacks the prestige of the main event later in the month, the Indianapolis 500, the IndyCar Grand Prix is much shorter in length and has smaller crowds, making it a great opportunity to get the kids out to the track.

Practice and Qualifying

There is just one practice session this year, and it is held for a few hours starting at 11:00am on Friday, May 12th. Qualifying is held later between 4:15pm and 5:30pm. The gates open this day at 7:30am, and there are plenty of other events scheduled. There is a USF2000 race at 2:20pm, a Pro Mazda race at 3:15pm and an Indy Lights race at 5:45pm, making the 12th an exciting and fun-filled day. Gates are scheduled to close at 7:30pm.

The Race

The main event, the IndyCar Grand Prix, is on Saturday, May 13th, in 2017. Like Friday, gates open at the crack of dawn at 7:30am. There is another Pro Mazda race scheduled for 9:00am. Another USF2000 race follows at 10:05am, and the Indy Lights hit the track around 1:15pm. The main race does not begin until 3:40pm. 82 laps in length, this race will take about two hours or so. After the race, at approximately 6:00pm, the Post Race Track Invasion begins, and it lasts until 7:00pm. This is a rare opportunity for race attendees to walk on the track. The track closes immediately following this unique event.


For both Friday and Saturday, kids 15 years of age and younger are admitted to the track free of charge if they are accompanied by a paying adult. There are no reserved seat tickets available for Friday. There are only general admission tickets, and they are $20.00 per person. Reserved tickets are available for Saturday, however. They start at $41.00. Regular attendees to the track will realize that just half of the track’s outer stands are open for this race. These seats are reserved. General admission tickets are available for $30.00 per person. General admission areas are concentrated at various points in the infield. Anyone attending this race for the first time may want to visit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s website to get an idea how seating works for this race, even if they have attended the Indianapolis 500 multiple times.


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