The Score

Welcome to The Score, your place for hard-hitting sports business news, fast-breaking updates and fuel-injected debate.  Buckle up.  I'm your host, Anthony Schoettle, IBJ sports reporter.

Gordon playing nice, but NASCAR rules are hurting his legacy

NASCAR's postseason format has cost Jeff Gordon three series championships. He might be biting his tongue, but the former Pittsboro resident is saying all the right things about the series' direction.
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Speedway president recalls Jim Harbaugh jumping into IndyCar brawl

Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles remembers San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh as a guy who was "the ultimate team player" who was quick to stand up for his guys.
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Miles promising higher speeds, more excitement next year in IndyCar

Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles is promising the new aero kits will push speeds higher next May at Indy, but also make the cars less likely to go airborne. He's bullish that attendance and TV ratings will go up series-wide next year.
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IndyCar TV ratings up, sponsors want more

Although television viewership of IndyCar Series races is still lagging far behind what most sponsors and potential sponsors would like to see, there is cause for some optimism in the open-wheel paddock.
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Finding Jim Nabors' replacement no easy task for Indianapolis Motor Speedway

While some followers of the Indy 500 want a Hoosier such as John Mellencamp or Sandi Patty to sing "Back Home Again in Indiana" before the big race, IMS officials won't limit the search to those with Indiana roots.
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Tag Heuer plans major IndyCar-centric marketing campaign

As part of its sponsorship deal with the IndyCar Series, Tag Heuer will get naming rights to the Pit Stop Challenge held in conjunction with the Indianapolis 500, will have signage and displays at the IMS and will market an Indy 500 special edition watch.
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IndyCar TV ratings up, still long way to go

Sunday's second race in Toronto was the most-watched IndyCar race on NBC Sports Network in nearly three years.
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Brickyard 400 attendance remains flat

Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials are not holding out much hope the NASCAR Sprint Cup race they host will ever return to its glory days when it drew more than 250,000 fans annually.
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IndyCar team selling off assets at auction

Panther Racing, once one of the best little teams in the IndyCar Series, is now being sold off in pieces. A number of high-profile items are expected to draw a crowd.
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NASCAR cuts staff as Brickyard 400 nears

New chief operating officer spins stock car series 180 degrees. NASCAR, one of the few sports entities to add employees during the recession, is now paring down.
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