HOUSTON -

Excitement is building as the start of the Grand Prix of Houston nears.

Five-hundred crew members are working a 96-hour shift to get the track set up for the Friday’s first race at Reliant Park. Their set up includes putting together the grand stands, concrete barriers, the expo inside Reliant, and the fan zone festivities in the parking lot.

The crew is also laying the track which stretches 1.7 miles and includes a couple of sharp turns.

It has been five years since the Grand Prix was last in Houston. The race brings fans from all over the country, which helps give a little boost to the city’s economy.

About 150,000 people are expected to attend the three-day event.

A kickoff ceremony is planned for Wednesday at City Hall. IndyCar drivers will be in cars driving around downtown and signing autographs.

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