I feel like the Grand Prix race was an amazing addition and cannot wait to see it! While it takes more laps, all teams can get the monster if they try! (Which is amazing, because this game runs on activity) I feel like it's a good balance to the game. It makes it easier for weak teams and harder for strong teams. My only complaint is that there is no longer food in the race, which would be nice considering I may have to feed a monster to 120.
Best of luck to all on the race!