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IRL title sponsor "on the doorstep"

September 4, 2008
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Despite switching its telecasts from ESPN to Versus next year, Indy Racing League officials remain confident they will sign an eight-figure, multi-year title sponsorship deal by year’s end. League officials denied rumors that some...
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Wheldon races to Panther

September 2, 2008
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We didn't have to wait long to find out where Dan Wheldon would land. Just more than an hour after news broke that Dario Franchitti would be replacing him at Target Chip Ganassi Racing, Wheldon announced he will be driving...
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Franchitti returns to IRL

September 2, 2008
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Former Indianapolis 500 and Indy Racing League series champion Dario Franchitti is returning to the open-wheel circuit next year to drive for his former NASCAR boss Chip Ganassi. Ganassi folded the NASCAR team that...
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Olympics hurt IRL TV ratings

August 28, 2008
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Officials for the Indy Racing League are probably happy the Olympics happen only once every four years. This year’s games in Beijing, IRL officials said, have done a number on their TV viewership lately. The IRL’s Aug. 24 race in Sonoma...
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IRL revs effort to get in fans' ears

August 27, 2008
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Indy Racing League officials are unveiling a new communications system using Bluetooth technology that will beam audio messages straight into the wireless telephone earpieces of fans attending their races. Fans at the track will...
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Subway jilts Tony Stewart

August 21, 2008
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NASCAR driver Tony Stewart is having a pretty bad week. During the same week Stewart was docked 150 points for his team’s efforts to mask his car’s true horsepower at a recent Nationwide...
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George named motorcyclist of year

August 14, 2008
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway CEO Tony George has been named 2008 “Motorcyclist of the Year” by Motorcyclist, one of the most widely circulated motorcycle magazines in the U.S., for his efforts to bring the...
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IRL TV rating down at Kentucky

August 11, 2008
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The television ratings for the Indy Racing League race at Kentucky Speedway continue downward. The have been cut in half since 2006. This year, the Nielsen overnight rating for Saturday’s race was .43, meaning...
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IRL title sponsor hunt on track

August 8, 2008
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After signing a new television deal with cable channel Versus, Indy Racing League officials are still confident they can ink a title sponsor by year’s end. Sources close to negotiations said there are five...
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IRL TV deal raises questions

August 7, 2008
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The deal the Indy Racing League got from Versus cable channel to air its races starting next season, is so good, league officials said during a conference call today, it prompted them to abandon the remaining year they had to...
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Nikon deal helps IRL in Australia

August 6, 2008
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Officials for Nikon yesterday announced they signed a deal to be the title sponsor the Indy Racing League race in Australia in October. The race in Surfers Paradise will be called the Nikon Indy...
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Tracy, Subway could be back in IRL

August 1, 2008
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Open-wheel race driver Paul Tracy may not be done this year on the Indy Racing League circuit. This morning, Walker Racing officials told IBJ they continue to work with Subway Restaurants and other...
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IRL works on schedule, TV deal

July 30, 2008
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At 2 p.m. today, IRL officials are expected to unveil their 2009 schedule. Motorsports sources tell IBJ there will be 18 races next year (10 ovals and eight road courses), with the Nashville...
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Tony, tires, Danica make news

July 28, 2008
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The big stories in the world of motorsports have been coming at such a high rate of speed, it’s been difficult to keep up. The long weekend kicked off with Tony Stewart getting into an altercation with a U.S. Auto Club...
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Big crowds greet IRL in Edmonton

July 25, 2008
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The Indy Racing League’s foray into Edmonton is looking good. Sources on the ground there for this weekend’s race report that IRL race signage and promotional material posted by city officials is evident along streets,...
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IRL drafts off NASCAR

July 25, 2008
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Tony George’s open-wheel racing enterprise has gotten a boost from its fendered brethren that few outside racing circles are aware of. So powerful is the connection between NASCAR and the...
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Danica Patrick vs. Milka Duno

July 23, 2008
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If you haven’t seen the video of Saturday's altercation between Indy Racing League drivers Danica Patrick and Milka Duno, you can go to YouTube. More than 600,000 people have watched it since...
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AAA to sponsor MotoGP event

July 21, 2008
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AAA Hoosier Motor Club today finalized a three-year deal with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, making AAA Hoosier Insurance a primary sponsor of the inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis GP MotoGP event on Sept. 14...
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Five finalists for IRL title sponsor

July 21, 2008
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Indy Racing League officials searching for a title sponsor have their short list narrowed to five companies. Subway restaurants and Eastman Kodak head the list, according to league sources. There are also two technology...
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NASCAR sponsors eyeing IRL

July 18, 2008
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Subway restaurants won’t be the last NASCAR sponsor racing to the Indy Racing League, according to motorsports marketing experts. An idea that seemed laughable a year or two ago is now reality. Subway, a big-time NASCAR sponsor, this week announced it...
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Scrub named 400 grand marshall

July 16, 2008
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Actor John C. McGinley, best known for his role as the sarcastic Dr. Perry Cox on the long-running network comedy “Scrubs,” was announced today as the grand marshal for the Allstate 400 at...
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Sarah Fisher back on track

July 16, 2008
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Sarah Fisher Racing officials today announced they signed a deal with Dollar General Stores that will put Fisher on the track for races in Kentucky Aug. 7 and Chicago Sept. 7. Though Fisher wouldn’t...
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Tracks fight for spot on IRL slate

July 14, 2008
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There will be a flurry of off-track activity in the next two weeks as the Indy Racing League finalizes its 2009 schedule. Series officials are expected to sit down with several track operators in the next few days to discuss...
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Has George doomed open wheel?

July 11, 2008
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Officials for the Indy Racing League are pretty pleased with the way the first half of the season has gone. Last week at Watkins Glen, they announced yet another new series sponsor, Izod. Earlier this year, IRL officials inked deals...
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IRL draws record crowd at The Glen

July 9, 2008
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The Indy Racing League race July 6 at Watkins Glen drew a 1.0 overnight TV rating, meaning 1 million households nationwide tuned in, according to Nielsen Media. That is the same rating as last year. This year’s race aired on...
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