Speedway/motorsports Blog Posts

Danica, Earnhardt Jr. to pair in ad campaigns

December 22, 2009
Danica Patrick's representatives at IMG are looking to pair her in ad campaigns with Dale Earnhardt Jr., and possibly Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning.

Speedway, CIB leaders travel parallel paths

December 21, 2009
Indianapolis Motor Speedway boss Jeff Belskus' actions might offer a glimpse of what the Capital Improvement Board's new chief, Ann Lathrop, will do with Pacers, IUPUI and other challenges.

For Indianapolis Motor Speedway's Jeff Belskus, it cuts like a knife

December 16, 2009
New Brickyard boss may realize that the cost of financing the Indy Racing League is outstripping the shrinking profits of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Indy Racing League considers radical wingless chassis formula

December 11, 2009
For the first time in almost five decades a wingless race car may be returning to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the Indy Racing League seriously ponders bold, new changes to its chassis formula for 2012.

Peyton Manning's manager piloting Danica Patrick's entry into NASCAR

December 8, 2009
A familiar face is leading Danica Patrick's charge into NASCAR. But it could be a bumpy ride.

Danica Patrick grabs steering wheel of her own career

December 1, 2009
Danica Patrick is taking control of her own career path, while her dad, T.J., takes a back seat. But her proclamation that she wants to partner with Pepsi might be a major misstep.

Out with the old at IRL, in with the new at IMS

November 23, 2009
On same day Indianapolis Motor Speedway hires its first ever chief information officer, the Indy Racing League loses its vice president of public relations. It truly has become a season of change at 16th and Georgetown.

Speedway CEO about to get down and dirty

November 17, 2009
Indianapolis Motor Speedway boss Jeff Belskus has some huge decisions to make. He's already shown he's not afraid to get his hands dirty making the tough calls. So what's next?

Sarah Fisher is a success story IndyCar should cheer

November 10, 2009
Izod IndyCar driver Sarah Fisher shows how taking a hammer to work every day is better used to build yourself up, not tear others down. AAA signs with popular driver for two more years.

Izod signs deal despite Tony George's dismissal

November 6, 2009
Izod officials said they signed their title sponsorship deal despite the fact that the series' iconic leader Tony George was shown the door during negotiations.

Izod brokers deal to put fan at the head of IndyCar race grid

November 5, 2009
The IndyCar Series' new title sponsor brokered one wild element in its new deal. They're putting a fan in front of the starting grid of each race.

Indy Racing League TV viewership down 28 percent

October 29, 2009
IRL races on Versus garner 59.5 percent fewer viewers than ESPN and ESPN2 attracted in 2008. Viewership on ABC is down 3 percent.

New NASCAR start times pose difficult dilemma for IRL

October 8, 2009
New NASCAR start times may cause Indy Racing League to choose between pleasing its TV partner or local promoters.

Drag racer John Force driven by Dunkin Donuts

October 1, 2009
John Force is pleased to be growing his Brownsburg facility. He said central Indiana has everything a National Hot Rod Association team could want. But nothing makes him happier than the new Dunkin Donuts there.

Indy Racing League TV ratings skidding toward season's end

September 25, 2009
Indy Racing League television ratings on cable channel Versus dipped below average at Japan race. Now open-wheel series' new TV partner is picking up NASCAR programming. So what gives?

Fisher's sponsors pretty in pink

August 25, 2009
You can say what you want about Sarah Fisher's ability to drive a race car, but she continues to be one of the most savvy marketers in the Indy Racing League. For a team owner operating on a shoe string budget, she gets more press and attention per penny than any other driver by far.

IRL caught in TV war

August 24, 2009
DirecTV officials said over the weekend that if they canâ??t resolve their contract dispute with Comcast-owned Versus cable channel, they will drop the channel which airs Indy Racing League races.

Sarah Fisher grows race team

August 17, 2009
Sarah Fisher arrived blind-folded at 10:50 a.m. today at her race shop on the city’s west side. But she wasn’t being kidnapped and dragged to work. Fisher’s own team put blinders on her...

IRL TV ratings plugging along

August 13, 2009
The national TV ratings for the Indy Racing League’s Mid-Ohio race, according to New York-based Nielsen Media Research, was .2, meaning 233,00 TV households nationwide watched the road race which aired on...

IRL TV ratings down in Kentucky

August 7, 2009
The Meijer Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway earned a .14 national television rating, according to Nielsen Media Research. The rating means 165,000 TV households nationwide watched the race which aired on Versus cable...

IRL title sponsor hunt heats up

August 6, 2009
Terry Angstadt, president of the Indy Racing League’s commercial division, admits the search for a series title sponsor has been up and down. “It’s been a bit schizophrenic,” he told IBJ recently. The heat...

IRL ratings inching up or stalling?

August 3, 2009
If Indy Racing League promos aired during the Tour de France helped the open-wheel racing series’ TV ratings, it was minimal. On the heels of the most watched Tour in four years, the...

Eddie Gossage pans push to pass

July 30, 2009
The Indy Racing League’s push-to-pass initiative is being met with mixed reviews. Some team officials said the bigger teams with the ability to study the push to pass and other technical changes announced this...

2010 IRL schedule takes shape

July 29, 2009
The Indy Racing League is expected to unveil its 2010 schedule as early as this weekend, but a few interesting tidbits have already leaked out. It looks like an 18- to 20-race slate next...

Allstate ends Brickyard 400 deal

July 27, 2009
Officials for Allstate today announced they are ending their sponsorship of the Brickyard 400 NASCAR race after five years. The timing comes after a 20 percent attendance drop from last year, though Allstate officials...

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