Last month’s inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis may have messed with our heads (it was strange seeing the IndyCars going the wrong way down the Indianapolis Motor Speedway front stretch at first) and it was far from a tidy affair (see the nasty start-line crash involving pole-sitter Sebastian Saavedra and others).
But it did feature lots of on-track action, a compelling finish, and most importantly for both IndyCar and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a healthy crowd to take it all in.
And now, it has a title sponsor.
Local service review website Angie’s List has signed up to back the GP of Indy for the next two seasons.
The second running of the newly christened “Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis” will take place on May 9, 2015.
“The inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis was a great success and provided an ideal way to begin the Month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway,” Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles said in a statement.
“The event exceeded our attendance expectations and drivers and fans alike seemed to really enjoy the challenge that the road course here at IMS provided. We’ve created significant momentum moving forward and with the help of our new partner Angie’s List, 2015 should be even more exciting.”
Along with the sponsorship, Indianapolis-based Angie’s List will use the Grand Prix to host 5,000 of the country’s top service providers in a special “Festival of Service” to reward them for their hard work.
“There’s no better place in the world to be than Indianapolis in the Month of May,” company founder Angie Hicks said in her thoughts. “Angie’s List has long sponsored race cars in the Indianapolis 500, but getting involved with the Grand Prix brings a new kind of excitement.
“This is a world-class race, and we’ll bring in world-class service companies, not just to reward them, but to work hand-in-hand to change the way local service is delivered. Our ‘Festival of Service’ will celebrate companies that are working alongside us on this mission.”
In addition to those aforementioned ‘500’ sponsorships, Angie’s List was spotted in multiple other IndyCar races last season as a backer for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and then-driver Tristan Vautier (see below).