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Lucas Oil Raceway aims to survive NASCAR exitRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Despite losing two of its five biggest events—the NASCAR Nationwide and truck races—last month, Lucas Oil Raceway is already making plans to replace those events next summer and track officials are confident it will be profitable in 2012.
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Crown Royal signs on as Brickyard 400 title sponsor

July 28, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Sources say the deal is worth about $15 million over five years—a much-needed boost for Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials struggling to stop attendance declines at the NASCAR race.
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Loss of race long-term pain, but short-term gain for track

July 18, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Officials for Lucas Oil Raceway in Clermont say ticket sales for July 30's NASCAR Nationwide race are up significantly since the July 6 announcement that the race will move to Indianapolis Motor Speedway next year.
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IndyCar appears poised to drop Milwaukee raceRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
 IBJ Staff
IndyCar Series CEO Randy Bernard is considering taking the open-wheel series to the Road America road course in Elkhart Lake, Wis., for 2012. That race could replace the Milwaukee race, which Bernard said faces a 50-percent chance of being eliminated.
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Electric vehicles gain traction in regionRestricted Content

June 4, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis has one of the highest concentrations of plug-in electric vehicle drivers in the nation, an industry official says.
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Stunning crash at end gives Wheldon 500 victory

May 29, 2011
Associated Press
Rookie JR Hildebrand made the ultimate mistake with his very last turn of the wheel, crashing into the wall and sliding across the finish line.
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Speedway's new generation makes markRestricted Content

May 28, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
While the Indianapolis Motor Speedway revels in its centennial this month and motorsports aficionados take a nostalgic look back, the next generation of heirs to the Hulman George fortune has its eyes firmly fixed on the future.
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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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