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IndyCar TV ratings up, still long way to go

July 25, 2014
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Sunday's second race in Toronto was the most-watched IndyCar race on NBC Sports Network in nearly three years.
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Brickyard 400 attendance remains flat

July 23, 2014
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials are not holding out much hope the NASCAR Sprint Cup race they host will ever return to its glory days when it drew more than 250,000 fans annually.
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IndyCar team selling off assets at auction

July 10, 2014
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Panther Racing, once one of the best little teams in the IndyCar Series, is now being sold off in pieces. A number of high-profile items are expected to draw a crowd.
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NASCAR cuts staff as Brickyard 400 nears

June 24, 2014
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New chief operating officer spins stock car series 180 degrees. NASCAR, one of the few sports entities to add employees during the recession, is now paring down.
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Indy 500 TV ratings tick up, but Miles still has miles to go

May 27, 2014
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The TV ratings for the 2014 Indy 500 may be a small validation for some of the changes made at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway by Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles. But there's still lots more improvement needed.
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Verizon brings Super Bowl-tested system to IMS

May 14, 2014
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As part of a 13-month long project, Verizon Wireless installed more than 200 antennas to improve cell phone service at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. While the system went live May 10, the big test will be May 25.
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Grand Prix of Indianapolis wins local TV ratings race, less impressive nationally

May 12, 2014
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The TV viewership for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis was more than five times higher in central Indiana than it is in any other market nationally.
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IMS officials expect Grand Prix attendance to top projections

May 8, 2014
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With good weather on Saturday, Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials think they could easily top 40,000 in attendance for the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis.
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IndyCar Series, Speedway projecting big revenue increases

April 2, 2014
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Hulman & Co. officials are projecting 20-percent to 25-percent gains in ticket and sponsorship sales this year over last. But it's still not clear if the open-wheel series will be profitable.
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Verizon promising to go faster, farther than previous IndyCar title sponsors

March 14, 2014
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The motorsports marketing firm representing Verizon says the wireless communication firm won't be like past IndyCar Series title sponsors Pep Boys, Northern Light and Izod.
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Latest IndyCar driver hire easy to criticize

February 27, 2014
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If the IndyCar Series as a whole doesn’t start looking at least a little further down the line, in a decade's time there aren’t going to be any gray beards left to bring back.
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IndyCar's Fisher, Newgarden show pushing forward can require U-turn

February 13, 2014
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She may not be the first person that comes to mind when thinking of sports marketing, but I’ve always thought Sarah Fisher has a firmer grasp on connecting with fans than most in the IndyCar paddock.
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IndyCar boss optimistic he can land big-name sponsors

February 4, 2014
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Mark Miles says he's very confident he can land a replacement for Izod as the IndyCar Series' title sponsor by March 30. Verizon is one of the companies Miles is talking to, motorsports sources said.
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Indy Eleven takes big gamble with stadium finance plan

January 27, 2014
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By asking for tax money to help finance an $87 million, 18,500-seat venue, soccer team owner Ersal Ozdemir is gambling with one of his franchise's most valuable assets.
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Eight Indiana race tracks join alliance led by former NASCAR promoter

January 8, 2014
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H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler is at the wheel of an initiative to breathe new life—and money—into myriad auto racing tracks in Indiana and across the country.
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F1 champ Jackie Stewart joins forces with local marketing firm

December 20, 2013
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Just Marketing International continues diversification by signing deals this month to represent two of the biggest stars from the world of Formula One.
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IndyCar-themed movie spinning off into cartoon series

December 18, 2013
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials are hopeful Turbo Fast, which will race to TV screens in time for Christmas, will expose IndyCar racing to a new generation of fans.
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Three-fourths of ticket buyers to new Speedway road race from Indiana

November 21, 2013
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Early ticket sales for the new IndyCar road race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are tracking on the high end of projections. But the visitor spending of the mostly locally attended event could be limited.
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Miles completes IndyCar executive team overhaul

November 8, 2013
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Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles abandoned his earlier idea of having a CEO over IndyCar/Speedway competition and another chief executive over the commercial side in favor of a new structure. Now its time to see if it translates into sales.
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Resignation adds urgency to search for Speedway, IndyCar commercial boss

October 23, 2013
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As key sales staffers depart company, Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles continues to launch groundbreaking sales initiatives to bolster the IndyCar Series and Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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Honda wants IndyCar officials to find new engine suppliers

October 14, 2013
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Supplying engines for half the IndyCar field is more than Honda officials bargained for. Losing the Japanese auto maker as a partner would be a huge blow for the open-wheel series.
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IndyCar's de Silvestro not getting props she deserves

October 10, 2013
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Despite having one of the greatest seasons for a woman behind the wheel of an American open-wheel race car, the 25-year-old Swiss driver isn't getting much attention this year.
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Local embrace of new IndyCar road race at IMS key to its success

September 27, 2013
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Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles has to be hoping that locals are fans of IndyCar racing and not just the Indianapolis 500.
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Will new Ron Howard movie help or hurt IndyCar?

September 26, 2013
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While the movie titled Rush, which opens Friday, puts the spotlight on open-wheel racing, its focus is on Formula One, not IndyCar. And if it implies that F1 is superior to IndyCar, that could dent the U.S.-based series' image.
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New boss ready to overhaul month of May in Indy

September 3, 2013
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Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles is showing the guts it takes to move the IndyCar Series and Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a positive direction. And he's not afraid to part with sacred tradition to do it.
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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.

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