When the IndyCar Series makes it inaugural stop in New Orleans with the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana, they'll feature several international stars like Helio Castroneves and Juan Pablo Montoya. But they will also have some local flavor.
The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge features a father-son duo of New Orleanians in Wayne and David Ducote. Team Nola-Sport's John Crosby will be representing Mandeville on the racetrack.
All three are excited to showcase the sport they love right in their own backyard.
"What motivated me is the race 20 years ago in downtown New Orleans," said Crosby. "They did it for four years and I've done mostly club racing but since IndyCar came to town, I said I've got to get into this race. I bought that car specifically to do this race."
"It's important to have this caliber of racing in New Orleans," added Ducote. "We haven't had it in a long time. It's great for the city and it's really good that we can participate as a support race in this series."
Qualifying for the race is Saturday. The actual race is Sunday at 2:37.