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Speedway officials seek new ways to attract fans

July 30, 2014
Associated Press
Every year the challenge of keeping racing fans engaged gets a little tougher as organizers increasingly compete against other sports and children's events while trying to get fan dollars in a still-tough economy.
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Angie's List Grand Prix sponsorship targets service providers

June 21, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
It was no surprise that the Indianapolis Motor Speedway approached the Indianapolis-based consumer-review service about sponsorship of the Grand Prix of Indianapolis before the inaugural event in May. But the first response from Angie’s List CEO Bill Oesterle was no.
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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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Driver Busch credits IndyCar for increased 500 TV ratings

May 30, 2014
Associated Press
The ratings increase could be attributed to Kurt Busch running both the Indy 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on the same day, the first double attempt since 2004.
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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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IndyCar expected to sign Verizon as much-needed title sponsor

March 7, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Verizon Wireless is set to sign a deal to become the title sponsor of the IndyCar Series beginning this season, sources familiar with the deal said Friday afternoon. The deal is reportedly worth $10 million a year for at least five years.
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Panther sues IndyCar, Rahal Letterman over sponsor deal

March 3, 2014
Associated Press
Indianapolis-based Panther Racing Inc.'s lawsuit against Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, IndyCar and others says it lost a $17.2 million sponsorship because of bid-rigging and other improprieties.
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Verizon Wireless to sponsor eight of Montoya's races

February 10, 2014
Associated Press
Roger Penske wasn't worried about finding a sponsor for Juan Pablo Montoya when he signed him, believing there would be interest in the Colombian's return to open-wheel racing.
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Back to the future: Speedway to host vintage-car race event

February 5, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The track has scheduled yet another new event for 2014. The move is bound to draw criticism from traditionalists who think Speedway officials are diluting the venue's heritage by bringing in so many extra races.
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Critics push IndyCar chief to shift focus to driver developmentRestricted Content

February 1, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
There’s no disputing that Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles has added horsepower to the IndyCar Series and Indianapolis Motor Speedway in his first year on the job. But there are grumblings Miles has not focused enough on the products that literally drive the series—the drivers themselves.
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IndyCar suit seeks millions from Brazilian promoter

December 21, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The IndyCar Series has filed a lawsuit against Radio e Televisao Bandeirantes Ltda., the promoter of an IndyCar race in Sao Paulo, Brazil, seeking to recover a seven-figure sanctioning fee that was due this summer.
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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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Dallara sees Indy operations as springboard for U.S. expansionRestricted Content

September 21, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Dallara is preparing to install a $5 million automobile simulator in its Speedway plant—a move that could fuel the company’s plan to dramatically grow its local operation.
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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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Animated film 'Turbo' could give racing a boost

July 15, 2013
Associated Press
A new DreamWorks Animation movie centers on the Indianapolis 500. It's a dream come true for the IndyCar Series, which can't buy a break in halting its slide in public interest.
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IndyCar racing to line up sponsors to replace Izod

July 13, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The IndyCar Series’ quest to find a presenting sponsor that could eventually replace Izod as title sponsor—a task series officials earlier this year called their top sales priority—has taken a blow.
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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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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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