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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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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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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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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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Speedway's May 'Grand Prix' requires road track overhaul

October 2, 2013
Associated Press
The new 14-turn, 2.434-mile course will be run the opposite direction of the Indy 500 on a newly resurfaced track that will be wider, have longer straightaways and three new passing zones, Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials announced Tuesday.
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Izod dropping IndyCar Series sponsorship

September 27, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The apparel brand Izod is dropping its partnership with the IndyCar Series after the conclusion of the 2013 season, leaving the open-wheel racing series without a title sponsor.
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IndyCar to run road race at Speedway in May

September 26, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The unusual move will mark the open-wheel series' first race on the hallowed track's winding interior course. And it's the highest-profile break from tradition yet in the tenure of new Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles.
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'Turbo' off to slower-than-expected start at box office

July 23, 2013
 IBJ Staff, Bloomberg News
The Indianapolis-based IndyCar Series and open-wheel racing enthusiasts were hoping the movie would create a buzz about the sport, but interest has fallen short of expectations so far.
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Boles named Speedway president, faces major challenges

July 9, 2013
Anthony Schoettle

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway's new president must navigate a number of tests, most notably how to save the MotoGP race and how to bolster the Brickyard 400 NASCAR race.

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Indy 500 ticket renewals up despite price hikeRestricted Content

June 29, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials say they’ve seen no adverse sales impact from a risky move to raise ticket prices for the 2014 Indianapolis 500 by about 15 percent—the first price increase in almost a decade.
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TV ratings droop near all-time low for Indy 500

May 28, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
ABC-TV's telecast of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday earned a 3.7 rating nationwide, one of the race's worst ratings performances in recent history.
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Indy 500 fans will find track security tighter this year

May 24, 2013
Associated Press
Fans coming to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for this weekend's Indy 500 will notice some changes in the traditional routine in response to last month's bombing at the Boston Marathon.
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BENNER: IndyCar must kiss the past goodbye, embrace bold ideasRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
Bill Benner
Robin Miller pronounced the idea of a season-ending race on the Speedway’s road course as the dumbest of all the dumb things that have happened over the years. I respectfully disagree.
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Marketing firm's founder mulls top IndyCar job, company sale

April 19, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Spire Capital Partners has put its 50-percent stake in Zionsville-based Just Marketing International on the market, as the company's founder, Zak Brown, reportedly mulls accepting an offer to be CEO of the IndyCar racing series.
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Miles hits throttle on overhaul for IndyCar, IMSRestricted Content

March 30, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles is revving up an ambitious plan to overhaul the IndyCar Series and Indianapolis Motor Speedway management team. He wants to develop a revenue-sharing plan that assures the series and the tracks that host its races are motivated to roll in the same direction.
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Indy Motor Speedway to charge for infield parking spots

March 25, 2013
Associated Press
Passes for parking inside the third turn for the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 NASCAR race went on sale Monday. Front-row parking spaces cost $75 while additional general parking spaces will sell for $25.
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Tax break would barely put dent in Speedway's to-do listRestricted Content

February 16, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will need far more money than it will get from a proposed state tax subsidy if it hopes to be in the top tier of U.S. racing venues, sports business experts said.
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2012 NEWSMAKER: Miles adds to diverse business, sports career

December 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Veteran executive Mark Miles now has one of the most difficult jobs in sports—putting open-wheel racing on sound financial footing.
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IndyCar releases Lotus from engine-supply contract

December 7, 2012
Associated Press
IndyCar has released Lotus from its contract, leaving Chevrolet and Honda as the only two engine suppliers for the upcoming season.
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Speedway, IndyCar owner names Miles as new CEO

November 20, 2012
Hulman & Co., which owns Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the IndyCar series, has chosen board member and local economic development leader Mark Miles as its new CEO, the firm announced Tuesday morning.
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IndyCar confronts 'defining moment'Restricted Content

November 3, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
The IndyCar Series is approaching a three-pronged fork in the road, and the path its leaders choose will have long-lasting implications for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Indianapolis 500.
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IndyCar execs say distractions mask progressRestricted Content

October 6, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
IndyCar Series officials insist the open-wheel circuit is on the right track despite a drop in its television ratings, tepid attendance and persistent rumors that it will be sold and its CEO will be fired.
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