Speedway/motorsports Blog Posts

IRL ratings inching up or stalling?

August 3, 2009
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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...
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Eddie Gossage pans push to pass

July 30, 2009
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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...
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2010 IRL schedule takes shape

July 29, 2009
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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...
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Allstate ends Brickyard 400 deal

July 27, 2009
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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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Economy biting into IRL future

July 24, 2009
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I know new Indy Racing League boss Jeffrey Belskus can count to 16. By all accounts, the former chief financial officer is an accounting whiz. So he should realize he has a problem. This...
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Lance, Danica effect may rev IRL

July 23, 2009
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Lance Armstrong might not be having the Tour de France he hoped for, but the folks at Versus and the Indy Racing League aren’t complaining. Heading into the final three stages at this year’s...
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IRL TV ratings gaining speed

July 17, 2009
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Indy Racing League TV ratings aren’t exactly burning rubber, but they are accelerating. Sunday’s race at Toronto, which started at 1 p.m., earned a 1.0 rating, which equates to 1.1 million television households nationwide,...
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Danica's next move her biggest

July 15, 2009
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A Danica Patrick-Tony Stewart partnership. How long before some kind of volcanic reaction? It’s enough to make the media salivate. Sponsors are already chomping at the bit. It’s true, Patrick was in the land...
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IRL planting roots in Toronto

July 13, 2009
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Toronto has long been one of the biggest markets for open-wheel racing in North America. Last year marked the first time in 22 years there was no open-wheel event there. Even after what some...
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Tony George breaks silence

July 10, 2009
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Tony George broke his silence today—sort of. In a carefully crafted statement on Vision Racing’s Web site, George explained why he declined to retain the position of Indy Racing League CEO after the board...
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IRL TV ratings: Glass half full?

July 9, 2009
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The national TV rating for Watkins Glen was up compared to other Indy Racing League races this year on ABC (not including Indianapolis). But the local audience was down. The Camping World Grand Prix...
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Tony Stewart boosts Brickyard 400

July 8, 2009
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The Indianapolis Motor Speedway today got a strong endorsement for this month’s Brickyard 400 NASCAR race from the person whose opinion might matter most. Tony Stewart, who was at the Speedway this morning for...
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Lance Armstrong boosting IRL

July 6, 2009
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Lance Armstrong could give the Indy Racing League a big boost this month. Versus is the TV home of the Tour de France in the U.S. And when Armstrong rides the three-week-long race, the...
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IRL TV ratings lagging at Richmond

July 2, 2009
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Saturday’s Indy Racing League race—the SunTrust Indy Challenge—posted the second worst national TV rating...
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Can IRL survive sans IMS support?

June 30, 2009
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It's official. As reported by SpeedTV and IBJ more than a month ago, Tony George has stepped down from his leadership role at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The biggest question remaining is what will...
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IRL moves to improve racing

June 29, 2009
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Indy Racing League officials were probably not too pleased to hear Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver Dario Franchitti telling a national television audience how “dreadful” and “awful” Saturday night’s race at Richmond was. But...
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IRL TV ratings up and down

June 26, 2009
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The Nielsen TV ratings for last Sunday’s Indy Racing League race in Iowa are in, and since there’s never a shortage of opinions from followers of The Score when it comes to these...
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Lexus: No love for Danica Patrick

June 25, 2009
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More than 10 million people tuned in to NBC to watch the U.S. Open at Bethpage Black Golf Course last weekend. And none of them saw images of Danica Patrick. Lexus, one of the...
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F1 teams endorse Indy

June 24, 2009
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The Formula One civil war has been averted. Late yesterday, F1 officials and teams came to an accord to keep everything together. Teams, upset over a proposed spending cap, had threatened to leave...
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Wheeler ponders future with IMS

June 22, 2009
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Ever since the Indianapolis Motor Speedway board of directors met last month, there’s been rumblings about legendary race promoter H.A. “Humpy” Wheeler stepping in to help out his old friend Tony George shake...
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Local marketer in midst of F1 fight

June 19, 2009
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Just Marketing International’s Zak Brown has found himself in the middle of the fight between Formula One teams and organizers. In London the past week and this weekend for the British Grand Prix...
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F1 fight affects Speedway future

June 19, 2009
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You can bet the folks at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are watching closely at the family fight taking place within Formula One. They might even be wondering if F1 teams and officials recall what...
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Pyne pushing Danica to NASCAR?

June 18, 2009
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There’s only one thing for sure when it comes to Danica Patrick’s career future. She isn’t showing any (or at least many) of her cards. Yes, she’s hinted (again, remember 2006) she might...
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Goodyear blows chance to clear air

June 17, 2009
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Were Goodyear officials and Jeff Gordon just blowing smoke after the most recent tire test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway? Some NASCAR followers think so. More than a few fendered car fans want to...
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Speedway paving, grinding timeline

June 17, 2009
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I was asked yesterday about the paving timeline at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Speedway officials have graciously provided me with the correct timeline. And since the track’s condition is an important part of the Goodyear tire story at last year...
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