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IndyCar TV ratings up, sponsors want more

September 5, 2014
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Although television viewership of IndyCar Series races is still lagging far behind what most sponsors and potential sponsors would like to see, there is cause for some optimism in the open-wheel paddock.
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Finding Jim Nabors' replacement no easy task for Indianapolis Motor Speedway

August 20, 2014
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While some followers of the Indy 500 want a Hoosier such as John Mellencamp or Sandi Patty to sing "Back Home Again in Indiana" before the big race, IMS officials won't limit the search to those with Indiana roots.
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Tag Heuer plans major IndyCar-centric marketing campaign

August 7, 2014
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As part of its sponsorship deal with the IndyCar Series, Tag Heuer will get naming rights to the Pit Stop Challenge held in conjunction with the Indianapolis 500, will have signage and displays at the IMS and will market an Indy 500 special edition watch.
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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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  1. How much you wanna bet, that 70% of the jobs created there (after construction) are minimum wage? And Harvey is correct, the vast majority of residents in this project will drive to their jobs, and to think otherwise, is like Harvey says, a pipe dream. Someone working at a restaurant or retail store will not be able to afford living there. What ever happened to people who wanted to build buildings, paying for it themselves? Not a fan of these tax deals.

  2. Uh, no GeorgeP. The project is supposed to bring on 1,000 jobs and those people along with the people that will be living in the new residential will be driving to their jobs. The walkable stuff is a pipe dream. Besides, walkable is defined as having all daily necessities within 1/2 mile. That's not the case here. Never will be.

  3. Brad is on to something there. The merger of the Formula E and IndyCar Series would give IndyCar access to International markets and Formula E access the Indianapolis 500, not to mention some other events in the USA. Maybe after 2016 but before the new Dallara is rolled out for 2018. This give IndyCar two more seasons to run the DW12 and Formula E to get charged up, pun intended. Then shock the racing world, pun intended, but making the 101st Indianapolis 500 a stellar, groundbreaking event: The first all-electric Indy 500, and use that platform to promote the future of the sport.

  4. No, HarveyF, the exact opposite. Greater density and closeness to retail and everyday necessities reduces traffic. When one has to drive miles for necessities, all those cars are on the roads for many miles. When reasonable density is built, low rise in this case, in the middle of a thriving retail area, one has to drive far less, actually reducing the number of cars on the road.

  5. The Indy Star announced today the appointment of a new Beverage Reporter! So instead of insightful reports on Indy pro sports and Indiana college teams, you now get to read stories about the 432nd new brewery open or some obscure Hoosier winery winning a county fair blue ribbon. Yep, that's the coverage we Star readers crave. Not.

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