Countdown is on to Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana

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To borrow a line from the NFL Draft, at about 5 p.m. New Orleans time last Sunday, the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana went “on the clock.”

With the opening race of the Verizon IndyCar series in the books in St. Petersburg, Florida, the next event on the series schedule – the April 10-12 event at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale – officially moved into the spotlight.

It’s been more than a year in the works for NOLA Motorsports Park and Andretti Sports Marketing officials. Final preparations to the facility are underway as some of the IndyCar teams have already begun to arrive in the Crescent City.

The three-day weekend event will be capped off by the IndyCar race on Sunday afternoon – to be televised nationally by NBCSN – but will include so much more, with a festival-style atmosphere surrounding the main track, including a ferris wheel with a view of the action.

In fact, the city of Avondale will be in the spotlight throughout the month of April. Right as the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana moves out, the PGA TOUR will begin moving in for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans at TPC Louisiana, a stone’s throw away from NOLA Motorsports Park.

Tickets are still available for race weekend through the event website at, at the box office in the karting center at NOLA Motorsports Park or by calling 800-514-ETIX.

NMP president Kristen Engeron said the host committee is still seeking volunteers age 18 and older to assist in their event management efforts; click here to fill out an application.

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Lenny Vangilder

Lenny Vangilder


Lenny has been involved in college athletics since the early 1980s, when he began working Tulane University sporting events while still attending Archbishop Rummel High School. He continued that relationship as a student at Loyola University, where he graduated in 1987. For the next 11 years, Vangilder worked in the sports information offices at Southwestern Louisiana (now UL-Lafayette) and Tulane; since then, he has remained involved in college sports. He works in television production of many college sporting events and served briefly as managing editor of New Orleans Metro Sports Magazine. Lenny also served for 11 years on the management…

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