Mark your calendars: Indy 500, GP of Indy tickets on sale Monday

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A transformed Month of May awaits the IndyCar Series next year with the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and the 98th Indianapolis 500 on IMS’ legendary 2.5-mile oval.

The addition of the road race has created its share of buzz and controversy among the IndyCar faithful, but no matter what side you’re on, you can pick up your tickets for both the GP of Indy and the ‘500’ starting Monday morning at 9 a.m. ET.

Fans can buy tickets online (IMS.com/tickets), over the phone (800-822-INDY or 317-492-6700; weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET), and in person at the Speedway (weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET).

The GP of Indy, which will take place on IMS’ reconfigured 2.4-mile road circuit, is set for Sat., May 10, 2014, while the ‘500’ will take place on Sun., May 25, 2014.

Additionally, the Speedway has recently posted an interactive tour of the road course that features turn-by-turn interviews on the new construction with track president Doug Boles, as well as an update from track director of engineering/construction Kevin Forbes. For those looking for more info on the new GP of Indy, it’s worth a look.

Audi bids farewell to Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich upon retirement

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Audi bid farewell to its iconic head of motorsport, Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, at its end-of-season ‘Race Night’ event in Germany on Friday upon his retirement.

Ullrich took over the reins as Audi’s head of motorsport in 1993 and stayed in the role for 23 years, overseeing its arrival in the prototype class of sports car racing and domination of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Ullrich stepped down from the position at the end of 2016, handing the reins over to ex-Audi DTM chief Dieter Gass, and attended his final racing event with the German marque at its first works Formula E outing in Hong Kong earlier this month.

Ullrich was honored at the Race Night event on Friday and thanked for his efforts in developing Audi into a force within global motorsport.

“In 566 factory-backed commitments during this period he celebrated 209 victories, 13 of them in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, eleven in the 12-hour race at Sebring and nine in the ‘Petit Le Mans’ at Road Atlanta,” a piece on Ullrich’s tenure for Audi’s website reads.

“31 driver titles in super touring car racing, in the DTM and in the sports prototype category are credited to him. 57 campaigners were Audi factory drivers during Wolfgang Ullrich’s era and he was responsible for 18 new developments of racing cars – an impressive tally.”