Verizon IndyCar Series officials have confirmed that NOLA Motorsports Park will host the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana on April 10-12 next year on a newly-configured 13-turn, 2.67-mile permanent road course layout.
"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 IndyCar's parent company Hulman & Co.
"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," he added.
Earlier this year, the state of Louisiana committed $4.5 million to make enhancements to the racetrack in support of the event which when combined with private funding from NOLA Motorsports Park itself has enabled the necessary required track and facility upgrades required to an IndyCar event.
"The State of Louisiana understands the economic and cultural potential of this annual event," said NOLA Motorsports Park owner Laney Chouest. "Track operations are currently underway to transform NOLA Motorsports Park into a Verizon IndyCar Series circuit, complete with state-of-the-art equipment, grandstands and viewing platforms racing fans need for a truly enjoyable experience."
Improvements to NOLA Motorsports Park, located about 14 miles southwest of downtown New Orleans, are already underway following input from series officials and from currently active drivers including James Hinchcliffe and Graham Rahal.
"I'm really excited about going to NOLA next year," Hinchcliffe said. "Having seen the track and the changes they are going to make, I think it'll be great to drive. Great for fans, too, because you can see most of the track from the stands, which is rare on road courses.
"But maybe even more than that just going to that city is going to be a blast," he added. "They sure know how to throw a party and I know that they are going to roll out the red carpet for IndyCar and really make it an event."
Hinchcliffe - along with the other 21 drivers in this year's IndyCar championship - are currently in California at Auto Club Speedway, Fontana for midweek open testing at the venue before this weekend's season finale.