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Pagenaud convinces Penske to expand to 4 IndyCar entries

October 1, 2014
Associated Press
Team Penske this week added the Frenchman to its IndyCar lineup, which will have four full-time cars next season for the first time in team history.
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Tony Stewart won't face charges in deadly crash

September 24, 2014
Associated Press
A grand jury has decided against charging NASCAR star Tony Stewart in the August death of driver Kevin Ward Jr. at a sprint car race in upstate New York. Officials said Ward was under the influence of marijuana that night "enough to impair judgment."
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Sports Corp., Speedway make way for new leadership

September 12, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin, Anthony Schoetle
The change of guard at Indiana Sports Corp. will take place in late October, giving Ryan Vaughn time to finish out negotiations for the city’s 2015 budget, currently under review by the City-County Council.
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Melangton leaving Sports Corp. for IMS

September 12, 2014
Greg Andrews, Jeff Newman, Anthony Schoettle
Allison Melangton plans to step down as Indiana Sports Corp. president and will become senior vice president of events with Hulman & Co., parent of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Ryan Vaughn, chief of staff to Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, will succeed Melangton.
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IndyCar race director leaving after three seasons

September 5, 2014
Associated Press
Beaux Barfield is leaving his role as race director of IndyCar for the same position with the International Motor Sports Association's Tudor United Sports Car Championship Series.
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Carpenter, Fisher to merge IndyCar teams in 2015

August 17, 2014
Associated Press
Ed Carpenter Racing and Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing said Saturday they will unite to form CFH Racing. The Indianapolis-based teams will be headquartered at Fisher Hartman offices a few blocks from Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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Hendricks County pitching motorsports skill, expertise to medical manufacturers

August 16, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Hendricks County finds pay dirt pitching skills of racing industry to medical device manufacturers.
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Tag Heuer signs sponsorship with IndyCar, SpeedwayRestricted Content

August 9, 2014
IndyCar Series officials announced a deal Aug. 6 making Switzerland-based TAG Heuer the official watch of the open-wheel series and Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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Speedway officials seek new ways to attract fans

July 30, 2014
Associated Press
Every year the challenge of keeping racing fans engaged gets a little tougher as organizers increasingly compete against other sports and children's events while trying to get fan dollars in a still-tough economy.
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Lilly reaches multiyear agreement to sponsor IMS race

July 15, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The race, which takes place the day before the annual NASCAR Brickyard 400 race at IMS, will be called the Lilly Diabetes 250.
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Angie's List to affix name to Grand Prix as sponsor

June 3, 2014
Mason King
The consumer-review service has cut a deal to become the title sponsor of the Grand Prix of Indianapolis through 2016, and plans to help pack the stands with 5,000 of its own spectators.
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Driver Busch credits IndyCar for increased 500 TV ratings

May 30, 2014
Associated Press
The ratings increase could be attributed to Kurt Busch running both the Indy 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on the same day, the first double attempt since 2004.
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Hunter-Reay gets $2.4 million for winning Indy 500

May 27, 2014
Associated Press
Ryan Hunter-Reay edged Helio Castroneves by 0.060 seconds Sunday in the second-closest margin of victory in the history of the race. He became the first American to win the Indy 500 since Sam Hornish Jr. in 2006.
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Hunter-Reay holds off Castroneves to win Indy 500

May 25, 2014
Associated Press
Ryan Hunter-Reay used a series of daredevil moves in the final laps to deny Helio Castroneves a chance at history on Sunday and became the first American since 2006 to win "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing."
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IndyCar's TV ratings gaining momentumRestricted Content

May 24, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
TV ratings for the IndyCar Series zoomed 44 percent this year for the races leading up to the Indianapolis 500, compared to the same period a year ago, buoyed in part by a strong showing for the new Grand Prix of Indianapolis. But overall viewership remains anemic—less than one-fourth the audience for most NASCAR races.
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Indy 500 revels in tradition, embraces changes

May 23, 2014
Jessica Wray, The Statehouse File
The hallowed race is straddling a fine line as it tries to please longtime devotees and makes a raft of upgrades to the track and viewing experience designed to secure new fans.
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LOPRESTI: Saddest day in May

May 17, 2014
The fiery crash that killed Dave MacDonald and Eddie Sachs left its mark on Foyt, Rutherford and racing.
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Mitch Daniels joins Hulman & Co. board

May 3, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Former Gov. Mitch Daniels is joining the board of Hulman & Co., which owns the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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IndyCar expected to sign Verizon as much-needed title sponsor

March 7, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Verizon Wireless is set to sign a deal to become the title sponsor of the IndyCar Series beginning this season, sources familiar with the deal said Friday afternoon. The deal is reportedly worth $10 million a year for at least five years.
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Speedway outsources concession stand operations

March 7, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday reached a multiyear deal with Illinois-based Levy Restaurants to operate concession stands and manage premium beverage operations during major events.
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Panther sues IndyCar, Rahal Letterman over sponsor deal

March 3, 2014
Associated Press
Indianapolis-based Panther Racing Inc.'s lawsuit against Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, IndyCar and others says it lost a $17.2 million sponsorship because of bid-rigging and other improprieties.
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Vintage-car entrants for Speedway race zoom past maximum

February 18, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The rush of drivers trying to enter a new vintage car race at the IMS was so fast and furious that the event promoter has been forced to turn away many of them.
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Verizon Wireless to sponsor eight of Montoya's races

February 10, 2014
Associated Press
Roger Penske wasn't worried about finding a sponsor for Juan Pablo Montoya when he signed him, believing there would be interest in the Colombian's return to open-wheel racing.
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Back to the future: Speedway to host vintage-car race event

February 5, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The track has scheduled yet another new event for 2014. The move is bound to draw criticism from traditionalists who think Speedway officials are diluting the venue's heritage by bringing in so many extra races.
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Speedway sets agenda for $140M in improvements

December 11, 2013
Associated Press
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway says it is ready to start a projected $140 million in improvement projects using $100 million in state assistance.
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