Speedway/motorsports Blog Posts

Bernard and Belskus say IndyCar Series will be out of red next year

May 26, 2010
IndyCar Series boss Randy Bernard and Speedway CEO Jeff Belskus predict the 15-year-old open-wheel series will be financially self-sustaining by 2011, and churning out growing profits after that.

IndyCar boss Randy Bernard gaining confidence in Versus

May 19, 2010
A two-day visit this week with Versus cable channel executives has convinced new IndyCar Series CEO Randy Bernard that the series has a good TV partner. And it's a good thing, because Bernard doesn't think the series has an opt-out clause on its 10-year deal.

IndyCar-NASCAR $20M deal has one big drawback

May 18, 2010
By moving its start time to 11 a.m., does the Indianapolis 500 play second fiddle to NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600? Is that the future of The Greatest Spectacle in Racing?

IndyCar boss must apologize for something he didn't do

April 26, 2010
The IndyCar Series is showing some promise this year. But to bring the sport all the way back, new series CEO Randy Bernard needs to issue an apology for the 1996 divide that wrecked open-wheel racing.

NCAA signs new TV deal despite financial losses

April 22, 2010
CBS informed NCAA it lost money on the broadcast of March Madness this year. Even so, CBS and Turner this morning agreed to a 14-year, multi-billion dollar deal to broadcast the men's hoops tournament.

IRL TV ratings on rise, big test ahead in May

April 20, 2010
The Indy Racing League got some good news today from Nielsen Media Research about its television ratings. With the next two races on ABC, the biggest test resides in the month of May.

Oprah crew descends on IMS to chat with Jimmie Johnson

April 20, 2010
Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Productions crew swooped into Speedway to talk with NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson about an increasingly controversial topic during Goodyear's tire test.

Long Beach roars over Indy Racing League

April 19, 2010
Californians seem to be more ready to embrace a unified open-wheel races series than the place that gave IndyCar racing its name.

New Indy 500 qualifications rules sign of series' situation

April 12, 2010
New Indianapolis 500 qualifications rules aim to create more pole day drama. The move could restore May back to part of its former glory. Or it could be a sign of doom and gloom.

Sarah Fisher builds IndyCar team creatively

April 7, 2010
Sarah Fisher serves herself a piece of humble pie, builds her team and bolsters the IndyCar Series in the process.

NCAA Final Four offers key lesson for IndyCar survival

March 30, 2010
A proposal to launch a college auto racing series could be the answer to boosting open-wheel racing popularity to the level it enjoyed when the first Final Four visited Indy in 1980.

Rahal gets driver's seat, IndyCar leaders get hot seat

March 24, 2010
Graham Rahal's new full-time deal to drive for Newman Hass/Lanigan this year is positive for the Izod IndyCar Series on many fronts, but it dramatically intensifies pressure on series leaders to turn a profit.

Sponsors have close eye on IndyCar TV ratings

March 22, 2010
The Izod IndyCar Series is off to a solid start in terms of TV viewership. But sponsors are demanding much more, starting with this Sunday's race in Florida.

Speedway extending Obama Indianapolis 500 invitation

March 8, 2010
Indy Racing League officials hope to leverage their growing relationship with Brazilian president to attract U.S. President Barack Obama to the Indy 500. It would mark the first time a sitting president has attended the 100-year-old event.

New Nielsen policy cloaks IndyCar Series in secrecy

March 5, 2010
After years of providing TV viewer ratings for individual sporting events, Nielsen Media Co. today said no more. The new policy means fans and media now have few ways to gauge success or failure of the IndyCar Series.

IndyCar's Graham Rahal playing dangerous waiting game

March 3, 2010
The 21-year-old son of Indy 500 champ Bobby Rahal has scoffed at a two-year offer from Dale Coyne Racing, and by doing so may be endangering the future of open-wheel racing.

Danica Patrick's popularity already fading in NASCAR?

February 26, 2010
Ratings for the Feb. 20 NASCAR Nationwide Series Race, Danica Patrick's second, were down nationally and in the Indianapolis market compared to the season opener Feb. 13. But Danica has another chance to shine Saturday in Las Vegas.

Paul Tracy throws gas on fiery IndyCar debate

February 24, 2010
Race car driver Paul Tracy said IndyCar fans need to stand up and let series officials know what they want. Meanwhile, Derek Daly said the open-wheel series has turned its back on a generation of new American drivers.

Open-wheel racing still trying to kick tobacco habit

February 23, 2010
In the 1970s and 1980s tobacco sponsorship cash was auto racing's life blood. Reliance on the money helped kill CART, and the IndyCar Series is still trying to figure out how to survive without it.

NASCAR stars spew venom at Danica Patrick coverage

February 18, 2010
TV ratings for the stock-car races Danica Patrick has been in this year are off the charts. Still, a handful of NASCAR stars aren't happy about the exposure she's stealing from the regulars.

Will 2012 chassis breath new life into IndyCar?

February 16, 2010
Bold new designs for an open-wheel chassis in 2012 are getting lots of attention from racing insiders. But without better driver recruitment and marketing, it won't be enough to save the sport.

New IRL boss could lead to front-office shake-up

February 12, 2010
Though they both want growth, it's not clear that Indy Racing League's new boss can coexist with current commercial division president.

Danica Patrick stock success raises more IRL questions

February 10, 2010
Indy Racing League officials must be wondering why so many more people tuned in to watch Danica Patrick race in a rinky-dink stock car race than watched her race open-wheelers at 200 plus mph.

Indy Racing League divulges 2012 chassis wish list

February 4, 2010
Indy Racing League officials want the open-wheel series' new chassis to be built in Indiana. But that's not all they want.

Bull-riding boss curious choice to lead IRL

January 28, 2010

Indy Racing League's latest revelation raises more questions.


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  1. I am so impressed that the smoking ban FAILED in Kokomo! I might just move to your Awesome city!

  2. way to much breweries being built in indianapolis. its going to be saturated market, if not already. when is enough, enough??

  3. This house is a reminder of Hamilton County history. Its position near the interstate is significant to remember what Hamilton County was before the SUPERBROKERs, Navients, commercial parks, sprawling vinyl villages, and acres of concrete retail showed up. What's truly Wasteful is not reusing a structure that could still be useful. History isn't confined to parks and books.

  4. To compare Connor Prairie or the Zoo to a random old house is a big ridiculous. If it were any where near the level of significance there wouldn't be a major funding gap. Put a big billboard on I-69 funded by the tourism board for people to come visit this old house, and I doubt there would be any takers, since other than age there is no significance whatsoever. Clearly the tax payers of Fishers don't have a significant interest in this project, so PLEASE DON'T USE OUR VALUABLE MONEY. Government money is finite and needs to be utilized for the most efficient and productive purposes. This is far from that.

  5. I only tried it 2x and didn't think much of it both times. With the new apts plus a couple other of new developments on Guilford, I am surprised it didn't get more business. Plus you have a couple of subdivisions across the street from it. I hope Upland can keep it going. Good beer and food plus a neat environment and outdoor seating.