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Indianapolis Motor Speedway negotiating deal with Levy Restaurants

January 16, 2010

Outsourcing efforts at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway continue.

This month, negotiations are heating up between IMS officials and Levy Restaurants for the Chicago-based firm to take over food service at the racetrack.

“Nothing is set in stone, but we are in discussions with Levy,” IMS spokesman Eric Powell said.

That deal could include catering to the IMS suites as well as operating concession stands during the month of May and for the Brickyard 400 NASCAR race and MotoGP motorcycle race.

It’s all part of IMS President Jeff Belskus’ plan to return the Speedway’s focus to racing. Under former President Tony George, IMS handled its own food service and even sought to grow that division by taking on jobs at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and other outside venues.

Levy is no stranger to Indianapolis, having several deals here, including food service at Conseco Fieldhouse.

Belskus, who was the IMS’ chief financial officer before taking over for George last summer, is far from done overhauling how business is conducted at the Speedway.

Belskus also is taking a hard look at operation of the Speedway’s golf course. An announcement regarding that is expected during the first quarter of 2010.

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