Palou will drive the American Legion’s #10 Honda at the GMR Grand Prix

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The “month of May” has arrived at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and it signals the biggest racing month of the year for the American Legion and its INDYCAR program.

It starts with Saturday’s GMR Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Reigning NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion Alex Palou will once again wear the colors of the American Legion on his #10 Honda at Chip Ganassi Racing.

Saturday’s GMR Grand Prix takes place on the 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course that incorporates part of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval. The race can be seen on NBC with the telecast beginning at 3 p.m.

Practice and qualifying are scheduled for Friday. The first practice runs from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. A second practice runs from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m., with qualifying starting at 4 p.m. All times are in Eastern Time.

Palou led the American Legion Honda to a second-place finish in the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on May 1. That gave him the NTT INDYCAR SERIES points lead as he arrives at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the busy month of racing.

This is the second of three races that Palou will have The American Legion sponsoring its #10 Honda; he will also lead the American Legion team to the July 30 Gallagher Grand Prix at the IMS road course.

“It is a great honor to represent the American Legion,” said Palou. “It makes it more special that I’m not from the United States, so I need to understand that even more. But I’ve met so many people who have made me proud to represent the American Legion and to be proud of it.

“I can’t wait to go to the next race and meet more people from the American Legion.”

Jimmie Johnson is the cornerstone of the American Legion’s INDYCAR effort at Chip Ganassi Racing. The seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion will carry Carvana as title sponsor for Saturday’s GMR Grand Prix and the 106th Indianapolis 500 on May 29.

Johnson will make his Indy 500 rookie debut this year and so far, as a dramatic improvement on the ovals shows. He finished sixth in the March 20 XPEL 375 at Texas Motor Speedway and was eighth fastest in the two-day Indy 500 Open test in April.

His 227.900 mph lap is the fastest lap the seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion has ever achieved.

After the GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis on Saturday, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is closed on Sunday and Monday. When practice begins on Tuesday, May 17, popular rider Tony Kanaan will be in the American Legion’s No. 1 Honda for the rest of the month. His paint scheme helps promote the Legion’s “Be the One” campaign to help reduce veteran suicide, “one at a time.”

Kanaan had The American Legion on his car in last year’s 105th Indianapolis 500 when he shared 48th place with Johnson. Kanaan drove this car on ovals and Johnson on street and road courses.

This year, the 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner and 2004 INDYCAR SERIES champion will face Johnson in No. 48.

In testing last April in Indianapolis, Kanaan was the third-fastest rider with a lap of 228.767 mph.

This will be Kanaan’s 21st Indianapolis 500.

Practices for the Indianapolis 500 are held Tuesday through Friday. The first qualifying round will take place on May 21 and the final qualifying round will take place on May 22, culminating in the race for the Indy 500 Pole.

Carb Day is May 27 and the 106th Indianapolis 500 is May 29.

May is the biggest month of the year for racing, with the legendary Indianapolis 500 as its flagship event on Memorial Day Sunday. It’s also a big month for the American Legion, which will play a big role at the Indianapolis Speedway all month.

The month concludes with Memorial Day services across the United States as the American Legion honors veterans who have lost their lives defending our country.

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