Auto Racing

Fledgling motorsports show growing faster than expectedRestricted Content

December 12, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
The show held in Indianapolis Dec. 3-4 is picking up speed much faster than event organizers and local convention and tourism officials expected. But the nation’s biggest motorsports trade show, Performance Racing Industry Show, is considering competing with the local show head-on in 2010.
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Danica Patrick's NASCAR move could fuel MainGate growth

December 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
MainGate holds an exclusive license to make and sell Patrick’s IRL-centric merchandise, and is now in negotiations with New York-based IMG to get part of her NASCAR-related business.
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Danica Patrick reaches NASCAR deal, source says

December 7, 2009
Associated Press
Last week, Patrick signed a three-year contract extension with Andretti Autosport to stay in the IndyCar series, but its schedule gives her enough time to also try NASCAR.
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Motorsports industry show to stay here through 2015

December 5, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The inaugural show opened Dec. 2 at the Indiana Convention Center, and is expected to draw more than 10,000 attendees.
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Sarah Fisher Racing triples size of race shop on city's west side

December 5, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The team moved just a few suites down from its Park 100 facility, but officials said it’s a big move for the Indianapolis-based Indy Racing League operation.
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IRL loses public relations vice president, Speedway hires first-ever CIO

November 28, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Race track's new chief information officer previously worked at NCAA, Indianapolis Museum of Art.
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Speedway breaks ground on redevelopment project

November 19, 2009
Scott Olson

Speedway officials broke ground Thursday morning on the first phase of a $500 million redevelopment project they hope will transform the small town into a year-round racing-themed destination.

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Mayor's European mission focusing on motorsports industry

November 16, 2009
A delegation of business and community leaders led by Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard departed for Europe Nov. 14 on a nine-day economic development mission to help grow the city’s motorsports industry.
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Sarah Fisher extends sponsorship deal with AAA

November 14, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Izod IndyCar Series driver Sarah Fisher recently renewed her contract with AAA Hoosier Insurance. AAA will continue to be a personal sponsor of Fisher and will remain an associate sponsor on Fisher’s No. 67 car for the 2010 and 2011 Indianapolis 500s.
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Speedway cuts 40 employees in latest cost-saving move

November 12, 2009
Scott Olson
A source at Indianapolis Motor Speedway said IMS laid off 40 employees Wednesday, mostly from its human resources department, in a cost-saving move.
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Telecom supplier Telamon hopes to 'ignite' racing industry

November 6, 2009
Scott Olson
Carmel-based Telamon Corp. rose to become one of the largest minority-owned businesses in the area largely by serving telecommunications giants. Now it is veering off its traditional course to supply racing teams with an ethanol-based fuel made from Indiana corn.
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Sales of luxury suites slow at most Indianapolis sports venues

October 17, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Ten years ago, the Indiana Pacers sold out their 69 Conseco Fieldhouse suites and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway barely touched a phone to sell its 120 luxury boxes. But entertaining at luxury suites is out of vogue now, thanks to the recession and companies keeping a closer eye on spending.
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Georges put north-side estate up for sale

September 28, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Tony George and his wife, Laura, have put up for sale their 12-acre, wooded estate at 8030 Spring Mill Road on the north side of Indianapolis.
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Influential team owner thinks hot rod group should move HQ from California to BrownsburgRestricted Content

September 26, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
A meeting between high-level National Hot Rod Association executives—including NHRA President Tom Compton—and Gov. Mitch Daniels and members of the Indiana Economic Development Corp. has fueled speculation that the drag racing group might be looking to significantly expand its presence here.
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Radio veteran Morgan jumps to Emmis from IMS

August 26, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Long-time radio veteran Charlie Morgan is leaving his post heading up broadcasting for Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Indy Racing League to lead Emmis Communications Corp. radio stations in Indianapolis.
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New Speedway boss Jeff Belskus: 'We do face some challenges'Restricted Content

August 10, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
New Speedway leader Jeff Belskus speaks with IBJ about his new job and the near-term challenges and long-term future of the operations he oversees.
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway CEO takes over at difficult timeRestricted Content

August 10, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
New Indianapolis Motor Speedway CEO Jeff Belskus has long been a behind-the-scenes figure at IMS. As the new leader of the Brickyard and the Indy Racing League, he faces several challenging issues, including gaining the confidence of the racing community.
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Allstate ends Brickyard 400 sponsorship

July 27, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Allstate Corp. is ending its five-year run as the lead sponsor of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard NASCAR race in Indianapolis, company officials said today. The announcement comes after this year’s race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway suffered a 20-percent attendance drop from last year’s event.
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BENNER: Time for some perspective on Tony George's legacyRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
Bill Benner
Reports of a Hulman-George family feud proved dead-on accurate when matriarch Mari Hulman-George issued a statement June 30 confirming the ouster of her son, Tony, as CEO of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the family business empire. Shortly thereafter, Tony George also resigned as CEO of the Indy Racing League.
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Tony George's successor might trade tradition for revenueRestricted Content

July 6, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
A management shake-up at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has some in the motorsports industry thinking major changes could be on the horizon at the fabled race venue—maybe as soon as next year.
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IRL signs two new sponsorsRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
 IBJ Staff
California-based DB Schenker is the official freight logistics sponsor of the IRL, and South Carolina-based Kymco USA is the official scooter and off-road utility vehicle of the IRL and Firestone Indy Lights.
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Greatest Spectacle has highs, lowsRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Bill Benner
I went away after the Indianapolis 500 once again convinced I'd experienced the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, but I didn't view the race with a critical eye like my pal Robin Miller did.
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F1 team picks Charlotte for new headquartersRestricted Content

May 4, 2009
Scott Olson
A decision by a startup Formula One team to set up shop in Charlotte, N.C., is fueling debate over whether Indianapolis still is the self-proclaimed "motorsports capital of the world."
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George gives IRL four years to break even ... or elseRestricted Content

May 4, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Indy Racing League founder Tony George dropped a bombshell in December when he told an industry group that he would shut down the open-wheel series if it didn't break into the black soon.
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IRL sees progress in TV ratingsRestricted Content

April 27, 2009
The Grand Prix at Long Beach April 19 scored a 0.5 TV rating for the Indy Racing League, according to New York-based Nielsen Media Research. That's the same rating the race earned last year on ESPN 2 when it was the swan song for CART.
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