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IndyCar has had ups, downs since Wheldon's death

November 18, 2011
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IndyCar officials have reason to smile with recent developments. Series CEO Randy Bernard also has reason to be very concerned.
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Ecclestone's antics should ease pain of Indy's F1 loss

November 14, 2011
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The way Bernie Ecclestone has treated his new partners in Austin, Texas, recently has to make Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials at least a little happy they no longer do business with the man known as the Poison Dwarf.
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IndyCar, NASCAR drivers face off in Fieldhouse kart race

November 1, 2011
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NASCAR drivers Tony Stewart, Austin Dillon and A.J. Allmendinger along with IndyCar racers Scott Dixon and Alex Tagliani will headline the Dec. 11 race at Conseco Fieldhouse.
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NASCAR champ's ill-timed comments no help to IndyCar

October 18, 2011
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Five-time defending NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson is calling for an end to open-wheel oval racing. IndyCar officials would be wise to turn a deaf ear to emotion-driven rants.
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Fisher's ill-timed comments loom over IndyCar victory

October 3, 2011
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Sarah Fisher has been a great ambassador for the sport, but someone needs to tell her that victory circle is the place to thank sponsors and extol their virtues, not talk about their abandonment of the team.
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Danica Patrick bridge-burning tour continues

September 19, 2011
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In a matter of three days, the diva driver takes aim at Brazilian drivers, Japan's food supply and the IndyCar CEO's decision making. So who will she endear in NASCAR?
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IndyCar CEO, team owners not on same page

September 14, 2011
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Chip Ganassi and Roger Penske refuse to take part in IndyCar CEO's bold bid to bring the open-wheel series some much needed publicity. Randy Bernard's execution must be better in 2012.
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Double dose of good news for Speedway, IndyCar Series

September 6, 2011
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MotoGP gives Speedway big endorsement despite racer complaints, while IndyCar avoids near disasters to score success in key East Coast market.
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Toyota finds big return in Indy's drag racing scene

September 2, 2011
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Japanese automaker would appear to be an odd entrant in an NHRA race. There's more to it than just trying to beat the Americans at their own game.
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Ding dong, Danica era is dead

August 25, 2011
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The sooner Dancia Patrick permanently leaves for NASCAR, the better for the IndyCar Series.
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IndyCar's new TV deal done with eye on global markets

August 11, 2011
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The IndyCar Series' new deal with ABC is worth more than the current deal, sources said. But ESPN's ability to grow the series overseas is just as important as the financial windfall. Still, the series' most hardcore fans are the least pleased by the deal.
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Brownsburg votes to annex Lucas Oil Raceway

August 8, 2011
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Brownsburg officials are promising to help with year-round marketing, security and traffic control during race events, and are considering extending Ronald Reagan Parkway to make access to the track easier. And sources say the IndyCar Series might be coming to the track.
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New CEO says local tourism leaders ignoring Speedway

August 4, 2011
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Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association CEO Leonard Hoops thinks it's high time local tourism leaders start thinking about using the Indianapolis Motor Speedway prominently in marketing materials.
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IndyCar Series considering European swing

July 15, 2011
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IndyCar Series CEO Randy Bernard said an influx of sponsors with overseas interests could push the open-wheel circuit into Europe within five years.
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Crown Royal may become Brickyard 400 title sponsor

July 12, 2011
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Deal with the whiskey maker could earn the Indianapolis Motor Speedway the richest title sponsorship payday in NASCAR.
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Indians, Pacers, IMS celebrating, while Lucas Oil Raceway takes hit

July 6, 2011
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While Pacers, Indians and Indianapolis Motor Speedway are celebrating, Lucas Oil Raceway is facing a big financial hit with loss of NASCAR Nationwide race.
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NASCAR, IndyCar travel different paths to going green

June 29, 2011
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NASCAR CEO Brian France tells American corn growers in Indianapolis on Tuesday, “We want you to know we are right in your corner.”
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IndyCar Series faces difficult scheduling decisions

June 27, 2011
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TV ratings remain a major concern for IndyCar Series CEO Randy Bernard. And he may have to dramatically change the schedule to get the numbers up.
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Franchitti's rants good for IndyCar Series

June 20, 2011
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Scotsman's tongue lashing of popular Brazilian is first serious driver dust-up since Milka Duno confronted Danica Patrick.
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Tony George: 'I didn't start the split, I helped end it'

June 16, 2011
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Former boss of Speedway and IndyCar Series gives interesting insight into relationships with his family and successors in 80-plus-minute in-studio radio interview.
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NBC's Olympic coup should boost Versus, IndyCar Series

June 8, 2011
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Many have argued that Versus' profile is too low to generate the mass of TV viewers the IndyCar Series needs to grow. The flow of Olympic events from NBC to Versus could help the fledgling cable channel blossom.
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IndyCar, Indy 500 still have a long way to go

June 1, 2011
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While the IndyCar Series and Indy 500 are out of neutral, they are not in high gear.
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IndyCar CEO sounds off about team owners, Hunter-Reay move

May 27, 2011
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IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard says despite fans' desires, team owners must have their voices heard regarding the new car set-up to be rolled out in 2012.
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Kanaan, Carpenter pushing IndyCar retail sales to new high

May 24, 2011
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Two IndyCar Series drivers who had difficulty landing a full-time ride this year are among the top merchandise sellers this May.
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It's time for IndyCar to get over Danica-mania

May 23, 2011
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A.J. Foyt had it right. It's not the racers and owners that make Indianapolis. It's the other way around. Realizing that will help the event survive another 100 years.
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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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