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Grand Prix

1. 
a. any of a series of formula motor races held to determine the annual Drivers' World Championship
b. (as modifier): a Grand Prix car
2. Horse racing a race for three-year-old horses run at Maisons Lafitte near Paris
3. a very important competitive event in various other sports, such as athletics, snooker, or powerboating

Grand Prix

March to November
Formerly part of the international racing series that includes the Monaco Grand Prix, the first U.S. Grand Prix was held in 1959 at Sebring, Florida. From 1961 to 1980 it was held at Watkins Glen, N.Y., followed by Detroit (1982-88) and then Phoenix (1989-91). In 1991, however, the racing committee rejected the Phoenix site, and the Grand Prix was not held in the U.S. again until 2000, when it found a new home at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The race takes place in September on a new 2.606-mile course contructed at the Speedway.
Points won in this race count toward the World Championship of Drivers. More than 15 Grand Prix races are held yearly in countries around the world; the season runs from March to November.
Like other Grand Prix races, the race at Indianapolis is for Formula One race cars, which are generally smaller and more maneuverable than the cars used in speedway racing. Engine size, fuel, and other specifications are strictly controlled by the FÉderation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA).
CONTACTS:
Federation Internationale de l'Automobile
8 Place de la Concorde
Paris, 75008 France
33-1-4312-4455; fax: 33-1-4312-4466
www.fia.com
U.S. Grand Prix at Indianapolis
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
4790 W. 16th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46222
800-822-4639 or 317-492-6700
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