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IndyCar to race in New Orleans in 2015

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Aug 27 2014 06:17:33 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 28 2014 01:19:51 PM CDT
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The IndyCar Series committed to adding the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, La., to its 2015 schedule.

The event will be run April 12 on a new 13-turn, 2.67-mile permanent road course as part of a three-day festival highlighting Louisiana's culture.

"We're delighted about the opportunity to showcase the Verizon IndyCar Series at NOLA Motorsports Park and to IndyCar fans in the greater New Orleans area," said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co., the parent of IndyCar and Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

"The commitment from track owner Laney Chouest and his associates, combined with the support we received from the state of Louisiana, was the catalyst in making this come to fruition. New Orleans has a history of hosting successful major sporting events and we're thrilled to be able to add the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana to the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule."

The course layout and track improvements will be made before the race next year.

"I'm really excited about going to NOLA next year," IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe said. "Having seen the track and the changes they are going to make, I think it'll be great to drive. Great for fans, too, because you can see most of the track from the stands, which is rare on road courses.

"But maybe even more than that just going to that city is going to be a blast. They sure know how to throw a party and I know that they are going to roll out the red carpet for IndyCar and really make it an event."

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