INDYCAR stars at football games for Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana ticket launch

By IndyCar.com staff
Published: Nov 5, 2014

If you’re heading to the football game between host LSU and Alabama on Nov. 8 or the San Francisco 49ers at the New Orleans Saints game on Nov. 9, check out the INDYCAR activities to promote the ticket launch of the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana.

Tickets to the inaugural Verizon IndyCar Series event at NOLA Motorsports Park on April 10-12, 2015, go on sale Nov. 10.

On the LSU campus in Baton Rouge, fans can get a ride in an Indy Racing Experience street-legal two-seater from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (local). You’ll see it near the College of Engineering building (Patrick F. Taylor Hall). From 3-4 p.m. on North Stadium Drive (northeast corner of the Athletic Administration building), 1991 CART champion and Verizon IndyCar Series team owner Michael Andretti and Verizon IndyCar Series driver Justin Wilson will greet fans and sign autographs before the No. 4 Crimson Tide face the No. 14 Tigers.

At the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in downtown New Orleans the next day, Verizon IndyCar Series champion Will Power will sample gumbo and “Pigskin Po-Boys” at the Opening Act tailgate area adjacent to Champions Square before heading to the dome to join Andretti for the Saints-49ers contest.

Andretti and Power will join local celebrities and officials in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Nov. 10 at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, La., to kick off ticket sales followed by a visit with patients at Ochsner Hospital for Children.

Tickets will be available at www.gpofnola, by calling 888-996-4774 or by visiting the Karting Facility at NOLA Motorsports Park. Get news about ticket packages and the event on Twitter @GPofNOLA, on Facebook at GPofNOLA and at www.gpofnola.

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Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana Announces Tickets On Sale

Tickets to the Inaugural Event go on sale November 10th

NEW ORLEANS (Oct. 28, 2014) – Organizers of the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana announced today that event tickets will go on sale on November 10th at 10 a.m. CT. The inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana will be held April 10-12, 2015 at Nola Motorsports Park in Avondale, Louisiana. Fans will experience a full three-days of world-class professional open wheel and sports car racing, along with a wide variety of family entertainment.

The Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana will feature the third stop on the Verizon IndyCar Series 2015 schedule along with other professional racing series to be announced. Event-goers will be able to purchase their tickets to this first-ever international racing event online (gpofnola.com) or by calling (888) 996-4774. Fans can also purchase tickets on-site at the Karting Facility at NOLA Motorsports Park. Three-day reserved upper level grandstand tickets purchased through December 31 will also receive a free weekend IndyCar Paddock Pass (a $40 value).

Fans from New Orleans have the opportunity to watch this first-ever event in person and take in the sights and sounds,” said Kristen Ponthier Engeron, President of NOLA Motorsports Park. “We want the whole state to experience the excitement around this event, so we invite everyone to come out and purchase their tickets!

Ticket prices for the three-day event range from a $15 Friday General Admission ticket to a $125 three-day reserved seating ticket (tax not included). All ticket information, including Junior ticket prices, are available online at gpofnola.com. Selective hospitality suite packages include trackside seating, private grandstands, lunch buffets, full bars and exclusive entertainment featuring legendary IndyCar drivers and musical performances. For information regarding available sponsorship and hospitality options, please contact: Nicole Shackelford, (443) 534-6676.

Media Credentials:

For media members wanting to cover the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana, members will need to complete the media accreditation application, which is located on gpofnola.com under the ‘media’ tab. Applications will be available starting Nov.10 and ending March 20, 2015. Due to the limited space in the NOLA Motorsports Park media center, application deadlines will be strictly observed. The application confirmation process will take place after March 20. To register today, please click here.

About the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana
The Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana will take place April 10-12, 2015 and is hosted at NOLA Motorsports Park, in Avondale, Louisiana. This three-day weekend festival will attract party-goers from all over the world to witness this first-time action packed event. The newly designed NOLA Motorsports Park facility will feature a 2.67-mile track with 13 turns that incorporate passing zones suitable for the Verizon IndyCar Series and Mazda Road to Indy Series. This event promises to offer outstanding racing, local New Orleans flare and family-friendly activities for all of those that attend.

Fans can also follow the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana on Facebook at: www.Facebook.com/GPofNOLA, Twitter: www.Twitter.com/GPofNOLA and on Instagram: @gpofnola.

About NOLA Motorsports Park
Founded in 2011 and located just twenty minutes from downtown New Orleans French Quarter area, NOLA Motorsports Park offers an experience like no other through their world-class driving school, state-of-the-art karting facility, corporate event space and one of a kind multi-course track. The Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana will be the first premier American-based open-wheel racing event to take place at NOLA Motorsports Park. For more information on NOLA Motorsports Park, visit: nolamotor.com.

About the Verizon IndyCar Series
The Verizon IndyCar Series is the premier open-wheel series in North America, competing on a challenging combination of superspeedways, short ovals, road courses and temporary street circuits. In 2015, the Verizon IndyCar Series will conduct races in the United States, Brazil and Canada – all available worldwide through comprehensive, long-term agreements with ABC, the NBC Sports Network, ESPN International, SportsNet in Canada and TV Bandeirantes in Brazil. The Verizon IndyCar Series continues to be the fastest, most diverse and most competitive racing series that features an international cast of star drivers and venues. A leader in motorsports technology, the Verizon IndyCar Series was the first in motorsports to utilize 100 percent fuel-grade ethanol and in 2015 its engine suppliers will continue to use passenger car-relevant E85. For more information on the Verizon IndyCar Series, visit www.indycar.com.

About Andretti Sports Marketing
Andretti Sports Marketing is an Indianapolis-based marketing company focusing on sports, entertainment, experiential, and urban event management.  We manage and operate world-class marketing platforms and large-scale events around the world.  Andretti Sports Marketing has partnered with companies such as Volkswagen, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, AutoNation, DHL, Chrysler, Honda, the FIA Formula E Championship, and Red Bull Global Rallycross, among others.  Drawing on its competencies in marketing, public relations, strategy, retail, contract negotiation, logistics, hospitality, and event management, Andretti Sports Marketing focuses on providing best-in-class services across a broad scope of disciplines. To learn more, please visit: andrettisportsmarketing.com.


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Verizon IndyCar Series Heads to New Orleans in April


NEW ORLEANS (August 27, 2014) – The inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana will take place April 10 – 12, 2015, at NOLA Motorsports Park in Jefferson Parish, LA. A three-day racing festival showcasing the culture, music and food of Louisiana, the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana is part of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series.

“The Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana is the next big tourism win for the State of Louisiana,” Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne said. “Race fans are passionate about their rapidly-growing sport. Once they experience our authentic culture, food and music during this professional IndyCar event, we’re sure they will fall in love with Louisiana.”

The Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana would like to welcome Verizon Wireless as a sponsor of the event and thank them for their support of the Verizon IndyCar Series.Additionally, the New Orleans Advocate joins the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana as the official newspaper and Champion of the Community sponsor and the inaugural Louisiana-owned sponsor of the event.2015 is the first year in a three-year commitment by the Verizon IndyCar Series to host the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana at NOLA Motorsports Park. Located in Avondale, LA, NOLA Motorsports Park is 14 miles southwest of downtown, New Orleans.

“We are extremely excited to launch another historic first-ever race for IndyCar at NOLA Motorsports Park,” said Tim Ramsberger, General Manager for the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana. “The park is a tremendous setting with all the right elements to serve as the fastest and most exciting adrenaline-filled party in the New Orleans area. I think this event will set a new standard for IndyCar racing.” Previously, Ramsberger served as the founding President of the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, now in its 10th year.

The NOLA Motorsports Park opened to the public in 2011. Founded and owned by Dr. Laney Chouest, the park will soon have the potential to accommodate Verizon IndyCar Series spectators thanks to a Public/Private partnership with The State of Louisiana. “The State of Louisiana understands the economic and cultural potential of this annual event. Track operations are already underway to transform NOLA Motorsports Park into a 13 Turn, 2.67-mile Verizon IndyCar Series circuit, complete with the state-of-the-art equipment, grandstands and viewing platforms racing fans need for a truly enjoyable experience,” he said.

The Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana is governed by the NOLA Motor Host Committee, Inc. Kristen Engeron, President of the Committee and of NOLA Motorsports Park, predicts a robust interest in the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana, both regionally and nationally. “The New Orleans area is known as a destination for spectacular sporting and special events,” she said. “We are confident that the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana will become another ‘don’t miss’ Louisiana event along the with Jazz Fest, Essence Fest, Zurich Classic, Super Bowl, NCAA Final Four and Wrestlemania,” she said.

“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 & Company, the parent of INDYCAR and the 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 2015 Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana takes place Friday, April 10, Saturday, April 11 and Sunday, April 12, 2015 at NOLA Motorsports Park, www.nolamotor.com. Presale ticketing and previews will begin in late October for individuals who join the mailing list at http://www.GPofNOLA.com. Tickets will go on sale to the general public in November 2014. Sponsors and others interested in hospitality partnerships should contact David Goldwater with Andretti Sports Marketing(678) 6021661. Learn more at www.GPofNOLA.com.

Stay up to date with the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana; please follow @GPofNOLA on Twitter or like Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana on Facebook.


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Governor Bobby Jindal, IndyCar and NOLA Motorsports Park Announce Plans for IndyCar Race in Louisiana

AVONDALE (May 5, 2014) – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal, INDYCAR and Laney Chouest, NOLA Motorsports Park owner, announced that INDYCAR is developing plans for a Verizon IndyCar Series race to be held at NOLA Motorsports Park in Jefferson Parish. The race will be known as the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana at Nola Motorsports Park and would be organized by Andretti Sports Marketing. The internationally televised event would be one of the races in the Verizon IndyCar Series Championship, which features the drivers and cars of the Indianapolis 500-mile race.

NOLA Motorsports Park estimates that the race and festival style event has the potential to attract 80,000 spectators over the course of the three-day event. Organizers estimate the event would produce more than $100 million in direct economic impact over at least three years. The state, upon approval by the Legislature, will commit a one-time amount of $4.5 million for NOLA Motorsports Park to be used for facility and track improvements. This investment, combined with the private investment that NOLA Motorsports Park will invest in the event, will create new jobs in Louisiana as well as support existing jobs at the NOLA Motorsports facility in Jefferson Parish.

Governor Jindal said, “This race is great news for Jefferson Parish and our entire state. This three-day event will allow us to show off the excitement of an IndyCar race right here in Louisiana, as well as our state’s culture, entertainment, and food. This event will be a great economic driver for our state and it will be a great weekend for the whole family.

“Verizon IndyCar Series events serve as the gathering point for automotive industry leaders and IndyCar sponsors, most of which are Fortune 500 companies. As a result, NOLA Motorsports Park expects racing related businesses and teams to locate to Louisiana once the race is scheduled, which will create more great jobs and economic momentum for Jefferson Parish and our state.”

The event would combine a three-day festival featuring Louisiana’s culture and the excitement of a Verizon IndyCar Series event. The race would ideally take place on a Sunday with practice sessions and time trials on the two days prior. The festival will include music, entertainment, and food.

“We’re delighted by this broad show of support and encouraged by the prospect of a Verizon IndyCar Series race in New Orleans,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company, the parent of INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “We greatly appreciate Laney Chouest, his associates at NOLA, and the state of Louisiana for their efforts to make enhancements to NOLA Motorsports Park. With these improvements we’re confident that NOLA can meet our standards for safety, fan experience and quality of racing. We look forward to continuing this dialogue in hopes of making New Orleans a destination that may soon host a Verizon IndyCar Series event.”

“I want to thank the Governor for his leadership in developing this public-private partnership that will leverage the significant private investment we made into this facility,” said Laney Chouest, owner of NOLA Motorsports Park. “We believe that the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana would serve as a regional demand generator for the already strong hospitality industry that our state is well known for Andretti Sports Marketing, a leading event operator, disclosed that it has been working on a potential event at NOLA Motorsports Park for two years, according to Michael Andretti, CEO.

“I’m really pleased to see INDYCAR preparing to bring a race to NOLA. New Orleans is a great market to grow the sport and I’m excited to have Andretti Sports Marketing involved with the operations and promotion of the inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana.
Governor Jindal, Laney (Chouest) and the entire New Orleans community are fully behind the project and have been very positive and instrumental in launching this event,” added Andretti.

Senate President John Alario said, “Today is a great day for Jefferson Parish. This race will add another economic benefit to the Greater New Orleans area, just as we have benefited from the Zurich Classic, Super Bowls and Final Fours. This will add another reason for people to visit out great state.”

New Orleans Convention and Visitor’s Bureau President Stephen Perry said, “New Orleans has long been a world leader in sporting and special events, but securing an Indy Car race is a fantastic new victory not only for Nola Motorsports, but for the economy of our city and state. This type of event brings in millions of dollars to our state and this race will be a tremendous economic boost to our economy.”

“Ladies and gentlemen start your engines. We are excited to add an INDYCAR race to our already diverse array of events we host in Louisiana,” Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne said. “We attracted 27.3 million people last year and we are eager to welcome the estimated 80,000 INDYCAR fans to Jefferson Parish.”