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.

Former 5-time ALMS and Le Mans-winning team owner Dave Maraj killed in accident

Photo courtesy Dave Maraj Facebook page
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Well-known sports car team owner and automobile dealership owner Dave Maraj was killed Saturday night in a boating accident in Florida, according to SportsCar365.com.

Maraj’s Champion Racing teams won five consecutive American Le Mans Series championships from 2004 through 2008, and also captured the overall win in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2005, the last American team to do so in the iconic sports car race.

IMSA President Scott Atherton released the following statement mourning Maraj’s passing:

Dave Maraj. Photo courtesy IMSA.

“All of us at IMSA are shocked and saddened by the news of Dave Maraj’s passing. As a team owner in the American Le Mans Series, Dave and his Champion Racing organization were the epitome of professionalism and excellence, as their five series championships and 24 Hours of Le Mans victory will attest.

“Dave was a tremendous competitor and a great friend to all in the paddock throughout his time in our sport. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dave’s family and friends and to all of his associates at Champion Motors.”

Maraj was a very successful automobile dealership owner, most notably Champion Motors and Champion Porsche in Pompano Beach, Florida, the latter considered the No. 1 Porsche dealer in the U.S.

Details of how Maraj died have not been released.

Maraj sold his racing operation after the 2008 season and devoted himself to his Porsche and Audi auto dealerships, as well as competitive sailing.