Auto racing analyst Derek Daly, who was fired by WISH-TV on Wednesday, said former Indianapolis Colts broadcaster Bob Lamey was completely inaccurate in his retelling of the incident, which led to both of them losing jobs.
Local partners will include the Pacers, Colts and NCAA. But state officials declined to specify the contribution from Indiana's Next Level Fund, a new state-backed venture pool with $250 million to invest.
The new race could be another effort by IMS officials to boost interest in the Brickyard 400, which has suffered from sinking attendance in recent years. It is likely to attract several NASCAR drivers who still drive in dirt-track races.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar Series have signed a deal with a San Diego tech firm that allows the track and race series to get expanded information on the value they are driving for corporate partners.
The overnight rating for Sunday’s live broadcast was 3.4, which equates to 3.74 million households, according to New York-based Nielsen Media Research. That’s the lowest since Nielsen started tabulating overnight ratings in 2003.
The new version of the IndyCar that made its Indianapolis 500 debut on Sunday was hard to drive in traffic and squirrely in the corners. And that made it appealing to drivers who want to be rewarded for their talent.