Auto Racing

Lotus may leave IndyCar one year into five-year deal

July 27, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Group Lotus Plc is considering leaving the IndyCar Series as an engine supplier at the end of this season—its first as a part of a five-year deal it signed last year to supply turbo engines to IndyCar teams.
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MORRIS: Young racers aspire to big league

July 14, 2012
Greg Morris
USAC’s quarter-midget racing is a popular sport worth your attention.
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IndyCar seeks presenting sponsor, bigger schedule

July 3, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
IndyCar Series officials have approached two of its existing sponsors, Verizon Wireless and Firestone, about becoming the open-wheel race series’ presenting sponsor, a deal motorsports business experts said could be worth $3 million annually.
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IndyCar cancels China race, scrambles for replacement

June 13, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Series now needs another race to fulfill sponsor agreements. Sources say a replacement race at Pocono Raceway or Elkhart Lake, Wis., is possible.
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Racing simulator lands real tax break for two-seatersRestricted Content

June 9, 2012
Legislature agreed to extend to Indy Racing Experience the same sales-tax exemption enjoyed by race teams.
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Reports of owner discord circulate around IndyCar CEO Bernard

May 31, 2012
Associated Press
A Speed.com report claims IndyCar founder Tony George and a handful of team owners are behind a charge to have Randy Bernard fired. Also listed were team owners John Barnes, Kevin Kalkhoven, Michael Andretti and his father, Mario.
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Franchitti earns nearly $2.5 million for Indy 500 win

May 29, 2012
Associated Press
Dario Franchitti landed $2,474,280 from an overall purse of $13,285,815 for Sunday's victory. The four-time series champion from Scotland became just the 10th driver to win IndyCar's signature event at least three times.
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Indy 500 in the books, but heat isn't a record

May 27, 2012
Associated Press
Fans sought shade under the grandstands and beneath umbrellas. Misting stations got a healthy workout. But Sunday's Indianapolis 500 won't go down in the record books as the hottest in the 101-year history of the race.
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Ganassi Racing dominates as Franchitti wins 3rd Indy 500

May 27, 2012
Associated Press
Dario Franchitti stamped his name in the record books by winning his third Indy 500 on Sunday, a day that started and ended as a tribute to Dan Wheldon, who won the race a year ago but was killed in an October crash in the IndyCar season finale.
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QUICK VIDEO: 500 Festival Parade in 3:26

May 27, 2012
Mason King
500 parade watch videoWith temperatures flirting with the 90s, did you take a rain check on this year's parade? Here's a time-lapse version of the festivities.
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IndyCar settles lawsuit over Izod sponsorship

May 25, 2012
Scott Olson
A Florida-based sports marketing firm had claimed in a lawsuit that it was owed million of dollars in commissions for landing the clothing brand as the league's title sponsor.
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Andretti Autosport may expand into NASCAR

May 23, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Sources close to Indianapolis-based Andretti Autosport say officials for the IndyCar Series team are talking to Dodge executives about putting a team in NASCAR next year.
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AT THE TRACK: Viso busts out personal best

May 21, 2012
Mason King
at the track
                           viso qualify watch videoIBJ's video series captures up-and-coming driver E.J. Viso as he scores a third-row starting position in qualifying, a big leap from his previous best at the Indy 500.
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New ads reflect IMS' more-aggressive sponsorship mindsetRestricted Content

May 19, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is selling advertising along the world-famous, 103-year-old race course for the first time ever, a break with tradition that promises to boost its financial firepower as racetracks nationwide are struggling.
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AT THE TRACK: Day of practice leaves room for improvement

May 17, 2012
Mason King
At track watch video practiceIBJ follows driver E.J. Viso and his team of engineers and mechanics during a sometimes-frustrating practice day at the Speedway.
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AT THE TRACK: Viso ready to hit higher gear

May 15, 2012
Mason King
Viso_Watch_VideoThe 26-year-old Venezuelan driver E.J. Viso hopes this year's Indy 500 will be his next step toward a breakout season, propelled by greater patience, a new race engineer and the tutelage of Jimmy Vasser.
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Dollar General to sponsor Newgarden in Indy 500

April 24, 2012
Associated Press
Newgarden has been impressive through the first three races this season, and started on the front row of last week's race at Long Beach.
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Tony George Jr. new boss of IndyCar feeder series

March 20, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
The changes to the Indy Lights series continue a management overhaul begun by IndyCar Series CEO Randy Bernard late last fall.
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IndyCar's new big wheels steer series toward futureRestricted Content

March 17, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
With the loss of two of its biggest stars after last season, the IndyCar Series faces a stiff challenge ramping up its television ratings, attendance and overall financial fortunes. Marc Koretzky is among the fresh faces driving series toward profitability.
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Motorsports marketing firm launches strategy divisionRestricted Content

March 17, 2012
The move by Zionsville-based Just Marketing International reflects growing client demand for measuring return on investment from motorsports sponsorships.
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Hulman & Co. adds heavy-hitters to board

March 8, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Hulman & Co. has added four prominent businessmen to its board of directors. The move marks the second major addition to its board in 13 months.
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IndyCar Series unveils four commercial deals

February 14, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Agreements with Firestone, Discover, Lids and Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka are indicators the open-wheel race series is gaining speed, sports marketers said.
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IndyCar clarifies rules as it launches new chassis, enginesRestricted Content

February 11, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Chevrolet and Lotus will join Honda this year as series engine suppliers. The series is rolling out a new chassis and engine formula for the first time since 2005.
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Super Bowl events put spotlight on IndyCar

February 1, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Fans and media outlets have flocked to NFL-themed IndyCars and Indianapolis Motor Speedway this week, giving the open-wheel series and its biggest race millions of dollars worth of exposure at a critical time.
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IndyCar brings in outsider as new race director

January 4, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
American Le Mans Series race director Beaux Barfield on Wednesday took the hot seat as the IndyCar Series' new chief race official.
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