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IRL works on schedule, TV deal

July 30, 2008
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At 2 p.m. today, IRL officials are expected to unveil their 2009 schedule. Motorsports sources tell IBJ there will be 18 races next year (10 ovals and eight road courses), with the Nashville...
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Threat of Crean's exodus moves IU

July 29, 2008
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Indiana University is making me look pretty smart these days. And it has nothing to do with the degree I earned there almost 20 years ago. Three weeks ago I was asked on a...
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Tony, tires, Danica make news

July 28, 2008
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The big stories in the world of motorsports have been coming at such a high rate of speed, it’s been difficult to keep up. The long weekend kicked off with Tony Stewart getting into an altercation with a U.S. Auto Club...
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Big crowds greet IRL in Edmonton

July 25, 2008
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The Indy Racing League’s foray into Edmonton is looking good. Sources on the ground there for this weekend’s race report that IRL race signage and promotional material posted by city officials is evident along streets,...
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IRL drafts off NASCAR

July 25, 2008
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Tony George’s open-wheel racing enterprise has gotten a boost from its fendered brethren that few outside racing circles are aware of. So powerful is the connection between NASCAR and the...
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Indians hit home run with sponsors

July 24, 2008
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At a time when many professional sports teams and properties are seeing their revenue drop in the wake of a rocky economy, the Indianapolis Indians this year have seen a nearly 18 percent...
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Jackets required for grand opening

July 24, 2008
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Fear not. If you didn’t get your free ticket to tour the Indianapolis Colts’ new home venue, there’s still a way to get a sneak peak—at a steep price. And this event is...
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Danica Patrick vs. Milka Duno

July 23, 2008
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If you haven’t seen the video of Saturday's altercation between Indy Racing League drivers Danica Patrick and Milka Duno, you can go to YouTube. More than 600,000 people have watched it since...
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IUPUI's Hunter delivers on promise

July 22, 2008
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IUPUI men’s basketball Coach Ron Hunter is making good on a promise he made in January to personally deliver shoes to the poorest of the poor. Thursday, Hunter and members of the Jaguars team...
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AAA to sponsor MotoGP event

July 21, 2008
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AAA Hoosier Motor Club today finalized a three-year deal with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, making AAA Hoosier Insurance a primary sponsor of the inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis GP MotoGP event on Sept. 14...
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Five finalists for IRL title sponsor

July 21, 2008
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Indy Racing League officials searching for a title sponsor have their short list narrowed to five companies. Subway restaurants and Eastman Kodak head the list, according to league sources. There are also two technology...
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NASCAR sponsors eyeing IRL

July 18, 2008
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Subway restaurants won’t be the last NASCAR sponsor racing to the Indy Racing League, according to motorsports marketing experts. An idea that seemed laughable a year or two ago is now reality. Subway, a big-time NASCAR sponsor, this week announced it...
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Time to say adios to Bush Stadium

July 17, 2008
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Yankee Stadium, the House that Ruth Built, the home of 26 World Series Champions, a pillar of the Big Apple since 1923, will be demolished next spring. Yet Indianapolis refuses to put Bush Stadium...
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Scrub named 400 grand marshall

July 16, 2008
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Actor John C. McGinley, best known for his role as the sarcastic Dr. Perry Cox on the long-running network comedy “Scrubs,” was announced today as the grand marshal for the Allstate 400 at...
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Sarah Fisher back on track

July 16, 2008
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Sarah Fisher Racing officials today announced they signed a deal with Dollar General Stores that will put Fisher on the track for races in Kentucky Aug. 7 and Chicago Sept. 7. Though Fisher wouldn’t...
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Peyton Manning is Colts' sales MVP

July 15, 2008
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Despite the hype surrounding Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, it's still easy to underestimate—or simply forget about—the impact this one player has on the team. That impact goes beyond winning on the field. The...
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Report: Swarbrick headed to ND

July 15, 2008
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It looks like Indiana University can scratch one of the candidates for its soon-to-be-vacant athletic director position off the list. Late yesterday, word began to spread that Indianapolis attorney Jack Swarbrick is a candidate for the Notre Dame athletic director position....
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Tracks fight for spot on IRL slate

July 14, 2008
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There will be a flurry of off-track activity in the next two weeks as the Indy Racing League finalizes its 2009 schedule. Series officials are expected to sit down with several track operators in the next few days to discuss...
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Has George doomed open wheel?

July 11, 2008
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Officials for the Indy Racing League are pretty pleased with the way the first half of the season has gone. Last week at Watkins Glen, they announced yet another new series sponsor, Izod. Earlier this year, IRL officials inked deals...
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Could Manning abandon Colts?

July 10, 2008
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The Brett Favre saga in Green Bay had the guys on ESPN Radio yesterday morning discussing the possibility of the all-pro quarterback playing for another team next season if he comes out of...
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IRL draws record crowd at The Glen

July 9, 2008
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The Indy Racing League race July 6 at Watkins Glen drew a 1.0 overnight TV rating, meaning 1 million households nationwide tuned in, according to Nielsen Media. That is the same rating as last year. This year’s race aired on...
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Stewart cut teeth on DQ deal

July 9, 2008
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Two-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart has been granted a release from the final year of his driving contract with Joe Gibbs Racing after 10 seasons with the team. On Thursday at Chicagoland Speedway,...
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Brandon Rush wants to mirror Miller

July 8, 2008
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Attention all real estate agents. The city’s soon-to-be newest millionaire is looking for a house. Brandon Rush said he expects to sign a contract to play for the Indiana Pacers tomorrow and will be...
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Big Ten, Pac-10 challenge overdue?

July 7, 2008
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The idea of an annual Big Ten vs. Pac-10 college football showdown in a series of games—sources within each conference said—is long overdue. But until now the idea has never been put on the...
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Gordon selling humble pie in L.A.

July 3, 2008
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Indiana guard Eric Gordon took his show—which could easily be titled Midwest Manners and Sensibility—on the road to L.A. yesterday. And while Gordon came across a bit timid, most of the crowd loved him. Gordon...
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  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.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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