Motorsports

Local racing team on verge of calling it quits after 500

April 26, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Carmel-based Panther/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, a company that was in expansion mode as little as two years ago, plans to close shop after the Indy 500 if it can't find a new sponsor.
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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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Plan would shift money from horse racing to auto racing

April 9, 2013
 The Statehouse File
The move—debated Monday in the Indiana House Ways and Means Committee—is meant to subsidize upgrades at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and make low-interest loans available to other auto tracks and businesses across the state.
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Speedrome gains momentum with sponsorship deals

March 20, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
At a time when sports sponsorships in general and motorsports sponsorships in particular aren't easy to score, the 72-year-old Speedrome has announced five such pacts in the last month.
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Longtime Indianapolis Motor Speedway exec departing for Austin trackRestricted Content

February 16, 2013
Mel Harder had been with the Speedway for 22 years, most recently overseeing operations and facilities management for the famed Brickyard.
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Financial woes force local charity to close

February 12, 2013
Motorsports-focused CARA Charities has ceased operations, the organization announced Monday. Championship Auto Racing Auxiliary Inc. said it was “unable to generate the financial means necessary” to continue supporting the auto-racing community in Indianapolis and beyond.
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Speedway businesses eye gains from IMS upgrade

February 11, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Nearby businesses hope upgrades to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from a proposed state taxing district would pave the way for additional offerings at the venue, including night racing.
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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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Deal to save racing show had many twists, turnsRestricted Content

December 8, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
In a matter of a few months, operators of the Performance Racing Industry show and its upstart rival, the International Motorsports Industry Show, went from being bitter rivals to merging—a deal that will return the world’s largest motorsports trade show to Indianapolis next December.
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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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Study: Motorsports industry contributes 23,000 jobs

December 6, 2012
Scott Olson
Purdue University says jobs created by the racing sector in Indiana pay an average annual wage of nearly $63,000, well above the $39,700 state average.
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Miles faces tough challenge in reversing IndyCar's fortunesRestricted Content

November 24, 2012
The new CEO of Hulman & Co. gets an early vote of confidence from sponsors of open-wheel racing.
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Nation’s largest motorsports trade show returning to city

November 20, 2012
Scott Olson
The Performance Racing Industry Show will return to Indianapolis for five years starting in 2013, bringing about 40,000 guests and millions of dollars of visitor spending with it.
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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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Belskus to serve as interim IndyCar CEO after Bernard's exit

October 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Jeff Belskus, the president of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and the president and CEO of Hulman & Co., will step in as interim CEO of the IndyCar Series, replacing Randy Bernard.
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Bernard ousted as CEO of IndyCar, sources say

October 26, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
IndyCar Series owners have fired CEO Randy Bernard, sources familiar with the situation told IBJ on Friday afternoon. IndyCar officials are denying the firing.
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George cites conflict of interest in resigning from Hulman board

October 19, 2012
Associated Press
IndyCar founder Tony George resigned Friday from the Hulman & Co. board of directors, citing a conflict of interest in his recent attempt to reacquire the series.
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George reportedly submits offer to buy IndyCar

October 12, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Tony George has offered a seven-figure cash proposal to take over operations and assume future losses for the IndyCar Series.
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IndyCar denies getting offer from George to buy series

October 1, 2012
Scott Olson
The Sports Business Journal is reporting that former Indianapolis Motor Speedway CEO Tony George has assembled an investor group that includes race team owners Chip Ganassi, Roger Penske, Michael Andretti and Kevin Kalkhoven to buy the IndyCar Series.
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Founder of Hoosier Racing Tire dies at 85

September 28, 2012
Associated Press
Robert Newton, 85, the founder of northern Indiana-based Hoosier Racing Tire, which made tires for NASCAR and other racing series, has died.
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IndyCar exploring tire options beyond Firestone

September 25, 2012
Associated Press
IndyCar said Tuesday it is exploring partnerships with tire manufacturers besides Bridgestone Firestone, which has been the sole supplier for the series and under contract through the 2014 season.
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IndyCar may return open-wheel racing to Pocono

September 25, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
The 2013 IndyCar Series schedule could include a date at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa., a traditional NASCAR stronghold that hasn’t hosted an open-wheel race in 23 years.
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Rain threatens weekend activities, including big NHRA race

August 30, 2012
Scott Olson
Officials say they hope the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac won't force them to postpone weekend festivities at Lucas Oil Raceway. Another big weekend event, Rib Fest America at Military Park, will be held rain or shine, promoters say.
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Downtown Indianapolis gearing up for big visitor weekend

August 16, 2012
Scott Olson
The Gen Con Indy gaming convention and the MotoGP race are among several events the city is hosting that could produce an economic impact of $150 million, according to the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association.
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Lotus may leave IndyCar one year into five-year deal

July 27, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Group Lotus Plc is considering leaving the IndyCar Series as an engine supplier at the end of this season—its first as a part of a five-year deal it signed last year to supply turbo engines to IndyCar teams.
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