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IndyCar seeks presenting sponsor, bigger schedule

July 3, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
IndyCar Series officials have approached two of its existing sponsors, Verizon Wireless and Firestone, about becoming the open-wheel race series’ presenting sponsor, a deal motorsports business experts said could be worth $3 million annually.
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Pacers make it official: Bird out, Walsh back in

June 27, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Indiana Pacers made it official Wednesday morning: They are parting ways with basketball operations president Larry Bird and bringing back Donnie Walsh.
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Bird reportedly leaving as Pacers executive

June 26, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Despite a recent endorsement from his bosses, Larry Bird is set to step down as Indiana Pacers president of basketball operations, a newspaper is reporting.
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BENNER: Why not finish the IndyCar season at 16th and Georgetown?Restricted Content

June 23, 2012
Bill Benner
It's time to think out of the Speedway box.
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College football finally closes in on a playoff

June 21, 2012
Associated Press
The BCS commissioners have backed a plan for a four-team playoff with the sites for the national semifinals rotating among the major bowl games and a selection committee picking the participants. The plan will be presented to university presidents next week for approval.
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Hoosier Park site in Indy tests mobile wagering

June 19, 2012
Associated Press
Patrons at Hoosier Park's off-track-betting site in downtown Indianapolis can now bet on horse races from the comfort of their seats, and they'll soon be able to place wagers from their smartphones.
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Colts enlisting outside help to sell ticketsRestricted Content

June 16, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Stung by a 2-14 season and the departure of star quarterback Peyton Manning, the Indianapolis Colts this month hired Get Real Sports Sales and six summer interns to help sell 3,000 season tickets that weren’t moving.
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BENNER: An open letter to Andrew LuckRestricted Content

June 16, 2012
Bill Benner
A little advice about how to make your way here.
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IndyCar cancels China race, scrambles for replacement

June 13, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Series now needs another race to fulfill sponsor agreements. Sources say a replacement race at Pocono Raceway or Elkhart Lake, Wis., is possible.
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BENNER: Crooked Stick may be too small for today's pro golfersRestricted Content

June 9, 2012
Bill Benner
Even a visionary like Pete Dye couldn’t see a half-century into the future.
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Racing simulator lands real tax break for two-seatersRestricted Content

June 9, 2012
Legislature agreed to extend to Indy Racing Experience the same sales-tax exemption enjoyed by race teams.
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BENNER: Indy 500 still a passion play for the paying customerRestricted Content

May 31, 2012
Bill Benner
For this Indy guy, there is nothing that says Indy—or Indiana—like the Indy 500.
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Reports of owner discord circulate around IndyCar CEO Bernard

May 31, 2012
Associated Press
A Speed.com report claims IndyCar founder Tony George and a handful of team owners are behind a charge to have Randy Bernard fired. Also listed were team owners John Barnes, Kevin Kalkhoven, Michael Andretti and his father, Mario.
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Local businessmen chronicling high school sports titles

May 30, 2012
Scott Olson
Ray Compton, Mike Jansen and Bob Lovell are using their love of sports to produce and sell DVDs capturing high school sports seasons.
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Franchitti earns nearly $2.5 million for Indy 500 win

May 29, 2012
Associated Press
Dario Franchitti landed $2,474,280 from an overall purse of $13,285,815 for Sunday's victory. The four-time series champion from Scotland became just the 10th driver to win IndyCar's signature event at least three times.
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Indy 500 in the books, but heat isn't a record

May 27, 2012
Associated Press
Fans sought shade under the grandstands and beneath umbrellas. Misting stations got a healthy workout. But Sunday's Indianapolis 500 won't go down in the record books as the hottest in the 101-year history of the race.
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Ganassi Racing dominates as Franchitti wins 3rd Indy 500

May 27, 2012
Associated Press
Dario Franchitti stamped his name in the record books by winning his third Indy 500 on Sunday, a day that started and ended as a tribute to Dan Wheldon, who won the race a year ago but was killed in an October crash in the IndyCar season finale.
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Playoff run pushes Pacers closer to profitabilityRestricted Content

May 26, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
The Indiana Pacers’ playoff run and a decreased player payroll—along with $10 million from the city’s Capital Improvement Board—have brought the team closer to breaking even this year, but not out of the red, sports business experts say.
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BENNER: Will playoff-fueled Pacer passion last until November?Restricted Content

May 26, 2012
Bill Benner
Curious, isn’t it, that Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger plays the “we don’t get any national respect” card when he, in particular, and his team, in general, spent virtually all of this past National Basketball Association season not getting much in the way of local respect?
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Indy speedway replaces stage following inspection

May 25, 2012
Associated Press
A temporary outdoor stage set up to entertain race fans at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been replaced after it failed to meet new safety standards enacted by the state following last year's deadly stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair.
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IndyCar settles lawsuit over Izod sponsorship

May 25, 2012
Scott Olson
A Florida-based sports marketing firm had claimed in a lawsuit that it was owed million of dollars in commissions for landing the clothing brand as the league's title sponsor.
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Andretti Autosport may expand into NASCAR

May 23, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Sources close to Indianapolis-based Andretti Autosport say officials for the IndyCar Series team are talking to Dodge executives about putting a team in NASCAR next year.
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Bicycle race to debut in Speedway

May 22, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
More than 400 two-wheel racers and thousands of spectators are expected to descend on downtown Speedway June 1 for the first Tri West Criterium. Top cyclists are expected to hit average speeds of near 30 miles an hour on a tight, closed course.
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Local market tunes in Pacers playoff in 'huge' numbers

May 21, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
On Sunday, the Indiana Pacers grabbed the attention of a big chunk of the local market, drawing nearly 10 times the television audience they did for their regular-season games.
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AT THE TRACK: Viso busts out personal best

May 21, 2012
Mason King
at the track
                           viso qualify watch videoIBJ's video series captures up-and-coming driver E.J. Viso as he scores a third-row starting position in qualifying, a big leap from his previous best at the Indy 500.
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  1. I had read earlier this spring that Noodles & Co was going to open in the Fishers Marketplace (which is SR 37 and 131st St, not 141st St, just FYI). Any word on that? Also, do you happen to know what is being built in Carmel at Pennsylvania and Old Meridian? May just be an office building but I'm not sure.

  2. I'm sorry, but you are flat out wrong. There are few tracks in the world with the history of IMS and probably NO OTHER as widely known and recognized. I don't care what you think about the stat of Indy Car racing, these are pretty hard things to dispute.

  3. Also wondering if there is an update on the Brockway Pub-Danny Boy restaurant/taproom that was planned for the village as well?

  4. Why does the majority get to trample on the rights of the minority? You do realize that banning gay marriage does not rid the world of gay people, right? They are still going to be around and they are still going to continue to exist. The best way to get it all out of the spotlight? LEGALIZE IT! If gay marriage is legal, they will get to stop trying to push for it and you will get to stop seeing it all over the news. Why do Christians get to decide what is moral?? Why do you get to push your religion on others? How would legalizing gay marriage expose their lifestyle to your children? By the way, their lifestyle is going to continue whether gay marriage is legalized or not. It's been legal in Canada for quite a while now and they seem to be doing just fine. What about actual rules handed down by God? What about not working on Sundays? What about obeying your parents? What about adultery? These are in the 10 Commandments, the most important of God's rules. Yet they are all perfectly legal. What about divorce? Only God is allowed to dissolve a marriage so why don't you work hard to get divorce banned? Why do you get to pick and choose the parts of the Bible you care about?

  5. Look at the bright side. With the new Lowe's call center, that means 1000 jobs at $10 bucks an hour. IMS has to be drooling over all that disposable income. If those employees can save all their extra money after bills, in five years they can go to the race LIVE. Can you say attendance boost?

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