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IRL thinking big in China

April 28, 2009
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The Indy Racing League is taking a serious look at holding a race in China as early as 2011. Series officials said there are several good reasons why the league may want to...
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Colts draft rated above average

April 28, 2009
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Since the Indianapolis Star this morning provided a rather incomplete picture of the Indianapolis Colts’ draft grade, I thought I’d complete the picture. It’s true that USA Today’s Larry Weisman gave the Colts a...
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Pacers pain not isolated incident

April 27, 2009
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The Indiana Pacers are far from the only National Basketball Association franchise hurting financially. And the pain isn’t just striking small market teams. While the first round of the playoffs rages on, several NBA...
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LOS may score World Cup windfall

April 24, 2009
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Indianapolis is in the running to host Word Cup soccer games in 2018 and 2022. It’s a long, long way from a done deal, but two things are certain. First, Indianapolis...
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Milka Duno back on track

April 24, 2009
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Dreyer  and  Reinbold Racing announced yesterday afternoon that Milka Duno will be returning to the team’s Indy Racing League effort for 2009. The Venezuelan driver will be competing in a limited schedule starting...
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Danica Patrick ready for take off

April 23, 2009
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Indy Racing League driver Danica Patrick is ready for take off. Patrick will be unveiling her new Motorola sponsored Indy car at the Indianapolis International Airport May 1. The car will have a...
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ESPN puts local firm in spotlight

April 22, 2009
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I’m not sure what it has to do with sports, but ESPN columnist Rick Reilly delves into the business of a locally run Internet search engine in his most recent column. While the...
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MainGate roaring with Lions deal

April 22, 2009
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Locally based MainGate Inc. is getting a big boost from its new contract with the Detroit Lions. MainGate signed a 10-year deal in February to manage...
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IRL TV rating improved

April 21, 2009
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The Grand Prix at Long Beach last Sunday scored a .5 TV rating for the Indy Racing League, according to New York-based Nielsen Media Research. That’s the same rating the race earned last...
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Take from poor (relief), give to CIB

April 21, 2009
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That drip-drop sound you hear is not the rain outside. It’s coming from the irony dripping off the most recent Capital Improvement Board bailout proposal. A bi-partisan group of Marion County lawmakers is suggesting...
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IRL revs crowd at Long Beach

April 21, 2009
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By all accounts the Grand Prix of Long Beach was a success for the Indy Racing League. The IRL, which signed a five-year deal to take over the former CART event following last...
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Former Colt releases debut album

April 20, 2009
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Former Colts tight end Ben Utecht is releasing his self-titled debut album tomorrow on Stylos Records, distributed by World Entertainment. Utecht, who now plays for the Cincinnati Bengals, was part of the Colts’...
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Castroneves racing Sunday

April 17, 2009
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Helio Castroneves will be on the track this weekend in Long Beach, Calif. Penske officials had a contingency plan in place to put him on the track—even as far back as two weeks...
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NFL schedule not kind to Lucas Oil

April 17, 2009
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At first glance the Indianapolis Colts schedule looks pretty good for all concerned. Forrest Lucas, founder of the oil company that put its name on the Colts one-year-old stadium, called the team’s 2009...
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Oval Vodka joins Indy Light Series

April 16, 2009
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Officials for Oval Vodka, producer and importer of the new super-premium vodka from Austria, announced today that they will be participating in the Indy Light Series with Alliance Motorsports, in a one-year sponsorship...
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Castroneves: A marketing liability?

April 15, 2009
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Entering the fourth day of deliberations in the tax evasion case of Indy Racing League driver Helio Castroneves, series officials now have to be seriously wondering what will become of the month of...
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CIB solution is simple, a bit scary

April 14, 2009
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It may seem absurd. No, scratch that, it does seem absurd. But there’s a simple solution to solve the Capital Improvement Board’s $47 million budget shortfall. Legalized sports gambling. That proposal won’t see the...
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Tribe stockholders shut out Biglari

April 13, 2009
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This past week I reported on Steak n Shake’s troubles with their advertising agency. That’s not the restaurant chain’s only concern. The company’s chairman, Sardar Biglari, isn’t so talkative these days....
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Sarah Palin: A Colts fan?

April 10, 2009
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Former U.S. vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is apparently an Indianapolis Colts fan. At least it appears that way in the latest edition of Esquire magazine. In a story primarily about her husband,...
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Bird's wins, not pay stack up

April 9, 2009
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The Cleveland Cavaliers are two games away from equaling the 1985-86 Boston Celtics’ best-ever NBA home record. The Cavs are 38-1 playing on the banks of Lake Erie. They only have San Antonio...
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IRL TV ratings down, optimism up

April 8, 2009
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The Nielsen ratings for the first Indy Racing League race Sunday in St. Petersburg were down 60 percent from the same race a year ago. The 2009 St. Petersburg race was the season...
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Dakich: Coaching career not dead

April 8, 2009
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Basketball coach turned radio talk show host Dan Dakich isn’t sure about his future. While the former Indiana University and Bowling Green State University basketball coach said he’s focused 100 percent on hosting...
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Petty potentially powerful endorser

April 7, 2009
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Open-wheel racing has long been bigger with the wine-and-cheese crowd than with the blue-collar bunch that made NASCAR the biggest racing circuit in North America. That’s been OK for Formula One, with its...
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Kinder, gentler Danica?

April 6, 2009
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It was an odd site before the Indy Racing League race in St. Petersburg Sunday. There was Danica Patrick talking about her new approach to racing. She was telling Versus’ Jack Arute that...
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VS-IRL telecast gets solid marks

April 6, 2009
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While Indy Racing League officials are still awaiting the Nielsen ratings from the open-wheel series’ first race on cable station Versus, this much is clear: The coverage of yesterday’s race in St. Petersburg,...
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