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Indy race organizers shake up schedule in hopes of bringing new look to May days

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials have shaken up their May schedule.

PHOTO: Marco Andretti sits in his car as his crew makes adjustments to the car during practice on the opening day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 3, 2015.  (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Marco Andretti sits in his car as his crew makes adjustments to the car during practice on the opening day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

The cars will have vastly different looks and speeds are expected to increase. Mother's Day, for the first time in recent memory, is a scheduled day off, and the old video boards have been replaced by larger, high-definition models. And IndyCar's grandest stage will now be the feature attraction for an entire month once again.

Organizers are hoping the blend of old traditions and technological advancements rev up fan interest in the two races scheduled for this month — Saturday's Indianapolis Grand Prix and the May 24 Indianapolis 500.

Drivers are already embracing the changes.

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