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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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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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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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Mattel may build Hot Wheels track at IMSRestricted Content

January 29, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
IndyCar Series and Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials are working on a deal with California-based Mattel Inc. to build a life-size Hot Wheels track in the Speedway’s infield in conjunction with the centennial running of the Indianapolis 500 this May.
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Filmmaker Low planning Indy 500 movie for IMAX 3D

September 14, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The award-winning filmmaker behind such giant-screen gems as “The Ultimate Wave” and “Super Speedway” is developing an IMAX 3D movie focused on the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race and the evolution of motorsports.
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Franchitti earns $2.8 million for Indy 500 win

May 31, 2010
Associated Press
Franchitti's earnings were part of an overall purse of $13,592,815. The paychecks were announced at the annual victory dinner Monday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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Race has lost its magic

May 29, 2010
I hope [Bill Benner’s May 17 column is] right and that the new management at the Speedway finds ways to bring back the “luster” of the old 500s. But it just doesn’t appear that way.
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Sweeping new rules await Indy 500, insiders predict

May 22, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
An overhaul of the Indianapolis 500 and Indy Racing League, possibly as soon as 2012, could take the legendary race back to its roots as a bellwether of automotive innovation. Engine and chassis rules for the 500 might be greatly loosened, encouraging the kind of technological innovation that made the race famous.
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BENNER: Speedway's centennial becomes a crossroadsRestricted Content

May 15, 2010
Bill Benner
Just two years ago, the future seemed as bright for the Indy Racing League. But that was then. This is now.
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State job fair part of Speedway's May festivities

April 26, 2010
Scott Olson
The central Indiana WorkOne Center is teaming with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to present Career Day @ the Brickyard, an event that mixes job searching with racing.
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George courting F1 again, but maybe not for Indy

April 24, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Tony George, who was Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Indy Racing League chairman until last June, was in China for several days this month to attend F1's Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai April 18 at the invitation of F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone.
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Penske signs deal with Shell to sponsor three Indy Racing League drivers

April 24, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The new deal includes associate sponsorship of Penske’s Indy Racing League drivers Helio Castroneves, Will Power and Ryan Briscoe.
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Speedway, F1 discussing race's return to Indianapolis

March 15, 2010
Scott Olson
Officials from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Formula One say they're in discussions to bring a Formula One race back to the city. F1 left the city in 2007 after an eight-year run.
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Tony George folds racing team, dismisses staff

January 28, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Unable to raise the $1.5 million to $3 million needed to operate an Indy Racing League team this year, Tony George folded Vision Racing this morning.
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Tony George resigns from Speedway, IRL board

January 19, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
His resignation removes George from any remaining role in Hulman & Co., Indianapolis Motor Speedway, IMS Productions and other affiliated companies.
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway negotiating deal with Levy Restaurants

January 16, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Chicago-based firm might take over food service at the Speedway as IMS continues to look for opportunities to outsource.
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BENNER: A look 10 years into our city's sports futureRestricted Content

January 9, 2010
Bill Benner
What's next for the Colts, the Pacers, the 500 and more.
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Tony George ousted after nearly 20 years leading IMS

December 26, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Faced with the need to save money, the six-member board of the IMS and IRL voted on May 26 to replace George.
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Racing industry trade shows won't conflict in 2010

December 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Performance Racing Industry Show has set its 2010 dates for Dec. 9-11. That means the International Motorsports Industry Show held in Indianapolis will have Dec. 1-3 to itself.
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Camaro to pace Indianapolis 500 again

December 18, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
The 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS will be the official pace car for next May's Indianapolis 500. It'll be the sixth time a Camaro has paced the race.
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Speedway slashes schedule of May activities

December 15, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Belt tightening for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Indy Racing League continues with the much-anticipated announcement that the Brickyard's "month of May" activities will be shortened in 2010.
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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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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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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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