Motorsports

IndyCar race director leaving after three seasons

September 5, 2014
Associated Press
Beaux Barfield is leaving his role as race director of IndyCar for the same position with the International Motor Sports Association's Tudor United Sports Car Championship Series.
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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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Hendricks County pitching motorsports skill, expertise to medical manufacturers

August 16, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Hendricks County finds pay dirt pitching skills of racing industry to medical device manufacturers.
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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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Lilly reaches multiyear agreement to sponsor IMS race

July 15, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The race, which takes place the day before the annual NASCAR Brickyard 400 race at IMS, will be called the Lilly Diabetes 250.
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Merger forms $382M, Indy-based motorcycle parts company

June 5, 2014
Dan Human
Indianapolis-based holding company LDI Ltd. has tripled its motorsports employee count and broadened its national reach with a deal for privately held Motorsport Aftermarket Group.
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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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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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LOPRESTI: Saddest day in May

May 17, 2014
The fiery crash that killed Dave MacDonald and Eddie Sachs left its mark on Foyt, Rutherford and racing.
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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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Vintage-car entrants for Speedway race zoom past maximum

February 18, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The rush of drivers trying to enter a new vintage car race at the IMS was so fast and furious that the event promoter has been forced to turn away many of them.
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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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Racing home: Fast-growing trade show returns to IndyRestricted Content

November 2, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The upcoming Performance Racing Industry Show—in its first year back in Indianapolis since 2004—is beating expectations for exhibitors, attendees and, most important, visitor spending.
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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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Local marketing firm signs deal with John Force Racing

September 23, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Zionsville-based Just Marketing International has been hired to find replacements for $7 million in annual sponsorship deals that are expiring following this season.
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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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IMS considers dropping MotoGP event for new sports-car raceRestricted Content

August 10, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The upcoming MotoGP motorcycle race could be the last at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as NASCAR officials lobby instead for a stand-alone race for a newly merged sports-car series.
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Earnhardt still in the market for primary sponsor

July 26, 2013
Associated Press
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is not only looking for his first win of the season, he's still hunting for a big-bucks sponsor for 12 Sprint Cup races this season.
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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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Out-of-the-way club caters to members' need for speed

June 29, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Successful professionals that double as weekend race warriors and gear heads are drawn to a racetrack and club on the edge of the middle of nowhere by their love of cars and need for speed.
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  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

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