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Indy Racing League signs deal with Verizon

September 11, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Financial terms of the deal were not released, but industry sources said the multiyear deal is valued at $1 million annually for the open-wheel race series.
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Brickyard decline not good for IRL

July 31, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Motorsports insiders think the Brickyard 400’s declining fortunes will hasten the Hulman-George family’s decision on the future of the Indy Racing League, which the NASCAR race has helped subsidize.
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Dallara plans $7M facility in Speedway for IndyCar

July 14, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The racing company's only operations outside of Italy could create more than 80 new jobs in the Indianapolis area.
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Indy Racing League set to announce new chassis

July 14, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Racing insiders say Dallara and Lola are frontrunners to become the new Indy Racing League chassis providers.
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Indy Racing League signs Avis as new sponsor

July 3, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Avis will take an active role in promoting the series through e-mail campaigns, displays at select airports, and other large-scale promotions, company officials said.
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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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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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Television ratings jump for Indy Racing League's Long Beach race

April 24, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Ratings for the first three races of the 2010 season have grown 67 percent over last year.
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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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Indy Racing League still trying to turn a profitRestricted Content

March 13, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Terry Angstadt, who oversees the Indy Racing League’s commercial division, thinks the series could break even in 2011 and be profitable by 2012 despite myriad challenges facing open-wheel racing.
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Patrick's stock-car foray wins sponsor big-dollar exposure

February 12, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Danica Patrick's initial thrust into stock-car racing earned her sponsor $230,000 in media exposure, according to a research firm. Her next race on Feb. 13 should generate much more.
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Bull-riding boss takes reins of Indy Racing League

February 2, 2010
The CEO of the Professional Bull Riders Association has accepted an offer to lead the Indy Racing League. The IRL has been without a leader since Tony George was ousted last summer as boss of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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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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Bull-riding CEO mulling offer to lead IRL

January 28, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Indy Racing League goes outside racing circles to look for new CEO. Professional Bull Riders Association boss offered job to replace Tony George.
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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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Indy Racing League vice president resigns

January 16, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Tony Cotman, 42, has vacated his post as Indy Racing League vice president of competition.
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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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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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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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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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