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Kanaan, Carpenter items boosting Indy 500 merchandise salesRestricted Content

May 28, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Consumers open wallets for drivers who aren't front-runners this year.
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Legal issues follow local race team into 500 weekend

May 27, 2011
Scott Olson
Indianapolis-based Panther Racing, which has two drivers in this weekend's Indy 500, has been sued by a former employee, its former landlord and even one of its former drivers, mostly over allegations of not paying its bills.
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Teams scramble to please sponsors during race week

May 25, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Andretti Autosport's purchase of an Indy 500 ride for bumped driver Ryan Hunter-Reay is an extreme example of the influence sponsors wield in the sport, but it's not unusual for motorsports teams to wheel and deal during race week.
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IMS centennial celebration boosts sales, revenue

May 21, 2011
 IBJ Staff
IMS CEO Jeff Belskus tells IBJ that ticket sales for the race are the best they've been in five years.
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MZD signs agency deal with Lucas Oil Raceway

May 21, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Firm will handle advertising, marketing and digital promotions for the track formerly known as Indianapolis Raceway Park.
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IndyCar Series speeding toward new era in 2012Restricted Content

May 14, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
The centennial running of the Indianapolis 500 this year is almost overshadowed by changes that will make next year among the most important in the history of open-wheel racing.
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Indianapolis Speedway exec wins Terre Haute nod

May 4, 2011
Associated Press
Democratic voters in Terre Haute have picked Indianapolis Motor Speedway executive Fred Nation to run against the city's incumbent Republican mayor this fall.
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IndyCar Series makes deal with popular Facebook game

April 25, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis Motor Speedway landmarks and the cars of 13 open-wheel drivers are being featured in a game with 8 million nationwide players.
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Ten sponsors are signed for IndyCar’s Baltimore race

April 23, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The inaugural race in Maryland is Sept. 4.
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Versus forces IndyCar to kill online streamingRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
IndyCar's television partner is planning its own online content, but that doesn't satisfy some racing fans.
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Firestone renews IndyCar Series supply agreement

March 11, 2011
 IBJ Staff
A week after announcing its intention to leave the IndyCar Series after the 2011 season, Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas announced Friday morning that its Firestone brand will continue to serve as the sole tire supplier to IndyCar through the 2013 race season.
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Global logistics firm to sponsor Andretti Autosport

February 26, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Florida-based DHL Express signed a multi-year deal with the IndyCar team owned by Michael Andretti.
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Allison to sponsor Sarah Fisher Racing

February 26, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Speedway-based transmission company will be an associate sponsor of the team's entry in the 100th-anniversary Indy 500.
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Just Marketing International expands in Daytona, Charlotte

February 19, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The local motorsports marketing firm employs about 90 in its Zionsville office.
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Tony George voted back onto Hulman & Co. board

February 17, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Hulman & Co. board expands by four in attempt to better position company that oversees Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar Series.
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Dreyer & Reinbold expanding racing operations

February 10, 2011
Scott Olson
Carmel-based team is building a 12,000-square-foot addition at its headquarters that will house a state-of-the-art machine shop outfitted with high-tech milling machines manufactured by Indianapolis-based Hurco Cos.
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Florida marketing firm suing IRL over Izod contract

January 31, 2011
Scott Olson
Florida-based CV Sports Marketing Inc. alleges in a lawsuit that the IRL and Indianapolis Motor Speedway could owe millions of dollars in fees relating to its role in landing Izod as a title sponsor.
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Gourmet popcorn maker launching IndyCar products

January 29, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Just Pop In signed a multiyear deal with the racing series.
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IndyCar, other circuits show signs of motorsports recovery

January 22, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Open-wheel series leads resurgence in sponsorship dollars flowing to racing circuits, venues and teams.
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IndyCar Series, Speedway open California office to build buzz

January 15, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The office in Santa Monica is meant to make inroads into the media and entertainment industries.
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NHRA moves tech department to Indianapolis

January 7, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
The California-based National Hot Rod Association said Thursday that it is moving its technical department headquarters to Indianapolis to be closer to many of its race teams headquartered here.
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IndyCar deal creates series-branded insurance plan

January 5, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Open-wheel race series signs three-year sponsorship pact with Dallas-based Global Corporate Alliance.
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Post office issuing Indianapolis 500 anniversary stamp

December 28, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Ray Harroun, winner of the 1911 Indianapolis 500, will be featured on a U.S. postage stamp this year to commemorate 100 years of racing at the famed Brickyard.
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Ganassi locating two new race teams in Brownsburg

December 16, 2010
Izod IndyCar Series team owner will invest $3.3 million and create up to 30 jobs. Ganassi plans to begin hiring employees immediately to prepare for the start of the 2011 season.
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Izod claims 350-percent return from IndyCar Series

December 4, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Izod officials said that in 2010, Izod brand awareness increased 10 percentage points, brand familiarity rose 16 percent among 25- to 35-year-old men, and digital impressions increased 20 percent over 2009.
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