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Deal with flip-flopping Firestone big gamble for Miles

January 2, 2013
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Only time will tell if the fast-tracked Firestone deal will lead to long-term harmony and growth for the IndyCar Series or a rough ride for Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles and his new regime.
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Hoosier Racing Tire casting eye toward IndyCar

December 13, 2012
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At last week's International Motorsports Industry Show, officials for Lakeville-based company said they are interested in and capable of supplying tires for the high-speed IndyCar Series.
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Miles eyes lights for Speedway, postseason for IndyCar

December 12, 2012
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While new Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles said his first priority is to grow the IndyCar Series, there’s no doubt he plans to do the same for the IMS. And growth means change.
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Pandering to NASCAR hurts IndyCar's brand

December 5, 2012
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Here’s a new statement IndyCar and Speedway officials might consider: The Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar racing are for highly-skilled specialists, not someone who can “drive the wheels off anything from a Dixie Chopper to a Camaro.”
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Hulman & Co. CEO seeks to overhaul IndyCar management

November 29, 2012
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Mark Miles isn’t likely to stop at simply hiring a replacement for Randy Bernard, racing sources said. He also aims to build a new IndyCar Series management structure and hire a new executive team.
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Miles facing toughest challenge with IndyCar

November 21, 2012
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Building trust between the IndyCar paddock and front office is fine. But that bridge will lead to nowhere unless new Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles and IndyCar Series and IMS boss Jeff Belskus can build an audience for the sport.
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Signs point to internal hire to replace Bernard as IndyCar CEO

November 2, 2012
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The board of directors overseeing the IndyCar Series is not employing a search firm to look for a new CEO, and three internal candidates have risen to the top of a list of potential replacements for Randy Bernard.
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Uncertainty once again hurting IndyCar Series

October 24, 2012
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Nothing kills sales faster than uncertainty. Especially when that uncertainty pertains to the product being sold. That’s why the IndyCar Series finds itself—once again—in a less-than-ideal growth position this off-season.
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IndyCar could get boost from unlikely ally

October 17, 2012
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NBC officials are confident their new deal to broadcast Formula One races will help grow the IndyCar Series audience, not divert attention from the American circuit.
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IndyCar Series appears headed to Rhode Island in 2013

September 11, 2012
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The 2.1-mile street course will have considerable elevation changes and run past Brown University and the state capitol building. But can such an ambitious endeavor be profitable?
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Colts nearing season sellout, DeltaWing wants in IndyCar

August 14, 2012
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In this new video segment on The Score, IBJ sports reporter Anthony Schoettle offers insight and analysis on the latest happenings with the Indianapolis Colts and IndyCar Series.
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Jimmie Johnson accused of desecrating Brickyard

August 1, 2012
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Long after NASCAR departed the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a group of racing fans are still fuming over the way the Brickyard 400 champ celebrated his victory.
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Decline of Brickyard 400 shows power of Indy 500

July 30, 2012
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While the Brickyard 400 NASCAR race has seen its rise and fall within a relatively short 19-year history, the Indianapolis 500 has persevered through good times and bad, through peace time and World Wars and through massive popularity swings in open-wheel racing.
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Speedway mulls installing lights for NASCAR race

July 27, 2012
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway and NASCAR officials remain committed to the long-term future of the Sprint Cup race at the Brickyard, predict double-digit percentage attendance gains this year.
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IndyCar executive's fast exit leaves unanswered questions

July 13, 2012
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The loss of IndyCar Series Chief Operating Officer Marc Koretzky doesn’t rate up there with Danica Patrick defecting for NASCAR, but it certainly doesn’t appear to be a positive development for the open-wheel series.
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IndyCar CEO, team owners at major crossroads

July 5, 2012
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IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard and the team owners who run cars in the open-wheel series still seem miles apart on the topics of aero kits and schedule expansion. Bernard hopes to make decisions on those two topics soon.
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IndyCar's China race, Izod title sponsorship in jeopardy

June 11, 2012
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IndyCar officials are hustling to find a replacement for its August race in Qingdao, China so it doesn't run afoul of its sponsorship agreements.
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Brickyard boss likely to have sway over Bernard's future

June 7, 2012
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Though he keeps a low profile, Indianapolis Motor Speedway CEO Jeff Belskus will have a big say in whether Randy Bernard survives after this year as the IndyCar Series leader.
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Speedway traditions sacrificed, and IndyCar better for it

May 25, 2012
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Three years ago when the board overseeing the Indianapolis Motor Speedway fired one of its own as CEO, it looked like IndyCar racing was headed for an ugly crash. Today, the future looks much brighter.
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Indy 500 Last Row Party rolls out new features

May 22, 2012
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One of the Indy 500’s best peripheral events, the Last Row Party celebrates its 40th anniversary. Organizers have several special activities and guests slated this year.
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Hoosiers' heritage takes a beating

May 4, 2012
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It's been a tough week for Indiana traditions. Jim Nabors won't be at the Indy 500, the IU-UK match-up has been scrubbed and the 500 field of 33 may be minus one for the first time since 1934. Is the sky falling? Maybe not, but it sure feels like it to us Hoosiers.
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Long Beach race reveals IndyCar issues

April 16, 2012
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IndyCar Series CEO Randy Bernard has two troubling things to ponder in the wake of Sunday's race; marketing and driver safety.
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IndyCar emerges from disaster, but Indy awaits

April 2, 2012
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After Dan Wheldon's death last season, few predicted the IndyCar Series would steer its new chassis and engine package into 2012 smoothly. But so far, the series has opened to mostly rave reviews. The series now faces its biggest test, and opportunity, at Indy.
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Life without Danica presents serious challenges for IndyCar

February 23, 2012
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She rarely won. Her tantrums became old and tired. But the media and casual race fans loved Danica Patrick. So the big question remains, will the series be better or worse off without her?
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Sarah Fisher frozen out of IndyCar Series

February 21, 2012
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The series' only woman owner, and one of its most popular people over the last decade, can't get anyone to sell her an engine to go racing. She has the money, a promising American driver, a new chassis and new shop. Yet she's still stalled.
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  1. to mention the rest of Molly's experience- she served as Communications Director for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works and also did communications for the state. She's incredibly qualified for this role and has a real love for Indianapolis and Indiana. Best of luck to her!

  2. Shall we not demand the same scrutiny for law schools, med schools, heaven forbid, business schools, etc.? How many law school grads are servers? How many business start ups fail and how many business grads get low paying jobs because there are so few high paying positions available? Why does our legislature continue to demean public schools and give taxpayer dollars to charters and private schools, ($171 million last year), rather than investing in our community schools? We are on a course of disaster regarding our public school attitudes unless we change our thinking in a short time.

  3. I agree with the other reader's comment about the chunky tomato soup. I found myself wanting a breadstick to dip into it. It tasted more like a marinara sauce; I couldn't eat it as a soup. In general, I liked the place... but doubt that I'll frequent it once the novelty wears off.

  4. The Indiana toll road used to have some of the cleanest bathrooms you could find on the road. After the lease they went downhill quickly. While not the grossest you'll see, they hover a bit below average. Am not sure if this is indicative of the entire deal or merely a portion of it. But the goals of anyone taking over the lease will always be at odds. The fewer repairs they make, the more money they earn since they have a virtual monopoly on travel from Cleveland to Chicago. So they only comply to satisfy the rules. It's hard to hand public works over to private enterprise. The incentives are misaligned. In true competition, you'd have multiple roads, each build by different companies motivated to make theirs more attractive. Working to attract customers is very different than working to maximize profit on people who have no choice but to choose your road. Of course, we all know two roads would be even more ridiculous.

  5. The State is in a perfect position. The consortium overpaid for leasing the toll road. Good for the State. The money they paid is being used across the State to upgrade roads and bridges and employ people at at time most of the country is scrambling to fund basic repairs. Good for the State. Indiana taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the toll roads to the tune of millions a year as we had for the last 20 years because the legislature did not have the guts to raise tolls. Good for the State. If the consortium fails, they either find another operator, acceptable to the State, to buy them out or the road gets turned back over to the State and we keep the Billions. Good for the State. Pat Bauer is no longer the Majority or Minority Leader of the House. Good for the State. Anyway you look at this, the State received billions of dollars for an assett the taxpayers were subsidizing, the State does not have to pay to maintain the road for 70 years. I am having trouble seeing the downside.

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