Drivers Revving For Louisiana Grand Prix

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – The inaugural running of the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana is now underway with practice and qualifying runs scheduled for today and tomorrow at NOLA Motorsports Park, in Avondale. It marks the first time that a major motor race has been held in Louisiana since the 1995 IMSA GT on a street course in downtown New Orleans.

The NOLA track is a 2.74 mile, clockwise, 13-turn road course. Participants will run for 75 laps, or 205.5 miles. The race will be broadcast by NBCSN on Sunday at 2:30 pm.

Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana is the second race of the 2015 IndyCar season. Juan Pablo Montoya started series by scoring the win in the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg on March 29. Also looking to add to his success rate is Tony Kanaan who took 3rd in Florida and has finished on the podium in six of his last eight races. Kanaan will be making his 235th consecutive start, an IndyCar record streak that began 2001 in Portland.

“We’ve had some really good test days at NOLA Motorsports Park and we’ve been able to get solid data with all four cars running and testing different things,” Kanaan said. “It’ll be a lot of fun getting out onto a new track and seeing what all the teams can do when we’re starting from a more equal playing field with track experience.”

Simona de Silvestro is the only woman entered at NOLA. She will be making her second start of 2015 after a one-year absence. De Silvestro, the 2010 Sunoco Rookie of the Year, qualified 11th in St Petersburg and finished 18th.

“It’s great to get another shot in the car and improve on everything we learned in St. Petersburg,” she said. “I’m really looking forward to being able to work with everyone again and hopefully have a better race.”

Canadian James Hinchcliffe is looking forward to making up for his disappointing showing at St Petersburg. Driving the No. 5 Honda for Schmidt Peterson, the Mayor of Hinchtown expects the NOLA track to be fast.

“It’s a cool new track and it’s fast,” said Hinchcliffe. “More than anything, we’re aiming to get the result on the board after the weekend in St Pete that certainly wasn’t what we were aiming for.”

You can get all the live practice, qualifying, and race details live online at Race Control at IndyCar..


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Ian Shalapata
Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. Email Ian Shalapata