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Goodyear: Tire troubles solved

June 1, 2009
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Goodyear officials in town today for a NASCAR tire test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway said they have fixed problems that plagued the company’s tires at last year’s Brickyard 400. NASCAR officials last year...
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Goodyear turns to Tony Stewart

May 29, 2009
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How serious is next week’s NASCAR tire test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway? Goodyear, who was largely credited for ruining last year’s Brickyard 400 NASCAR race, has called on one of its biggest critics...
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Tire troubles could blow out IMS

May 28, 2009
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Most recall Indianapolis Motor Speedway boss Tony George’s proclamation following last year’s Brickyard 400 NASCAR race. George said the problems that plagued the Goodyear tires on the fendered cars were issues for NASCAR...
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Colts can bring back coaches now

May 27, 2009
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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning isn’t the only one confused about the future of coaches Tom Moore and Howard Mudd. Colts President Bill Polian said he too has found it hard to follow...
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Milka Duno's driving causes uproar

May 26, 2009
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There seems to be an increasing uproar in the Indy Racing League paddock that driver Milka Duno is a 200-mile-an-hour hazard that league officials need to deal with. The crew on Wind Tunnel...
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Danica Patrick ad burns hot

May 25, 2009
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Danica Patrick pushed the GoDaddy.com Web site to new heights during yesterday’s Indianapolis 500, according to officials for the domain name registry. Web traffic spiked 163 percent during Sunday’s broadcast, as compared to last year’s, according to GoDaddy officials. Even more...
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Diverse crowd shows for Carb Day

May 22, 2009
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No, the 1970s haven’t returned at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Still, there are a few signs at the Brickyard today that indicate a nice sized crowd has arrived on the west side of...
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Indy 500 quals TV ratings round 2

May 22, 2009
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The Nielsen Media Research numbers showed that 349,000 TV households nationwide tuned in to Indianapolis 500 qualifications bump day on Sunday afternoon (May 17) on Versus cable channel. On Saturday (May 16), 285,000...
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IRL drivers race for bonus cash

May 21, 2009
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Patrick Stephan at TrackSide Online has compiled a list of Indy Racing League bonus winnings so far this season. This cash is the amount earned over and above the $1.24 million full-time teams...
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Morris: Vancouver rumors baseless

May 21, 2009
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I try not to jump into the grind of the rumor mill too often. But the most recent rumblings about the Indiana Pacers were becoming just a little too loud to ignore. More

Indy Pole Day draws TV viewers

May 15, 2009
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Even on a fledgling cable channel, the events surrounding the Indianapolis 500 continue to be an attraction—though I’m sure the Indy Racing League’s new TV partner was hoping for better. Pole Day qualifications...
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Handmade bike show rides away

May 14, 2009
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North American Handmade Bicycle Show, we barely knew ya. After one year in Indianapolis, the unique event—which drew 150 exhibitors and 7,200 attendees to Indianapolis Feb. 27-March 1—is vacating for Richmond, Va. The...
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Danny Granger faces big pressure

May 13, 2009
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Questions linger about Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger. Can Granger, who was named yesterday as the NBA’s Most Improved Player for the 2008-09 season, become a lock down defender ala Ron Artest and Kobe Bryant? Can...
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KV Racing GM: Paul Tracy can win

May 12, 2009
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Paul Tracy has already said he is in the Indianapolis 500 to win. Tracy’s driving skills are not questioned, and the top end speed of his car is not at issue. But motorsports...
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Velodrome future in limbo

May 11, 2009
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While the Marian College cycling team has been off hunting national championships in Colorado, school officials’ plan to manage the Major Taylor Velodrome has not yet won support from Indy Parks. Marian College officials...
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Andretti, Patrick, Fisher revved up

May 8, 2009
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With the Indianapolis 500 fast approaching, speed is the name of the game. It appears Indy Racing League drivers—some of them anyway—are gaining speed with corporate America. If you haven’t seen Marco Andretti’s Gillette...
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Sports talk radio war rages

May 8, 2009
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The battle for sports talk radio supremacy in central Indiana rages on—and is delivering some unlikely results. The biggest winner in 2009’s first quarter radio ratings is basketball coach turned on-air personality Dan...
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Two with Pacers ties lead Wolves?

May 7, 2009
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Former Indiana Pacers executive David Kahn has surfaced as the leading candidate to replace Kevin McHale as Minnesota Timberwolves general manager. Former Pacers player Fred Hoiberg is being considered for a vice president...
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Penske interested in buying Saturn

May 7, 2009
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Just when you think Roger Penske would be focused on Indianapolis—as in the Indy 500—he apparently is looking at other interests to the north. Penske is considering a bid for General Motors’ Saturn...
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Panther sues over deal gone bad

May 6, 2009
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Indy Racing League team Panther Racing has filed a lawsuit against locally based video and Web production company Pathway Production Co., which is now owned by Mays Chemical Co. President William Mays. The...
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Indy 500 history: A new perspective

May 5, 2009
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The Indiana State Library is hosting a special Indianapolis Motor Speedway/Indy 500 program this Thursday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The program—which is free and open to the public—will provide a historical perspective...
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IU's Crean, x-Colts QB focus of film

May 5, 2009
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Indiana University basketball coach Tom Crean—and his connection to the Harbaugh family—will be the focus of a documentary produced by NFL Films. An NFL Films crew visited Bloomington last week to film Crean with...
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Indians stay hot in down economy

May 4, 2009
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The Indianapolis Indians continue to score sponsorship deals during a down economy. Late last week, the Indians signed a deal with Arby’s and WJJK-FM 104.5 to present 2-for-1 Tuesdays, a special discount-ticket promotion...
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IRL: 2013 or bust

May 4, 2009
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I wrote an article about the Indy Racing League’s long-term future for this week’s IBJ print edition that is getting quite a bit of attention from our readers. There are several reader comments...
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Andretti "bullish" on IRL's future

May 1, 2009
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While Indy Racing League driver Danica Patrick was driving her new race car up and down a runway at the Indianapolis International Airport this morning, Andretti...
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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