Danica Patrick, the only female driver at NASCAR's top level, might be nearing the end of her driving career after a sponsorship shake-up left her without a ride at Stewart-Haas Racing.
The Minneapolis-based retail giant also left IndyCar at the end of last season following a 27-year run.
The wacky race had a little of everything—14 cautions and 55 caution laps, both race records, three red flags and a 1-hour, 47-minute rain delay.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles said the race is “moving to one of the most important dates on the NASCAR calendar.”
At least half of the drivers in the Indianapolis 500 field get their life insurance from the same Indianapolis-based insurance agency.
Attendance for the annual NASCAR race had been dropping each year since 2008, but saw a slight increase last year from the roughly 85,000 fans on hand in 2014.
Lebanon-based D-A Lubricants will pay $5.2 million over three years to make its PennGrade1 motor oil the presenting sponsor of the Indianapolis 500 through 2018.
Saying it was time for a change, three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart announced Wednesday that he will retire from Sprint Cup racing following the 2016 season.
NASCAR has tried to create a rules package that produces dramatic racing, but Sunday’s race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway featured just 16 lead changes. If there was a way to bottle what IndyCar does on ovals, NASCAR would buy it in truckloads.
The five-time Brickyard 400 champion’s upcoming retirement is boosting this year’s ticket sales, but presents a long-term challenge for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The new IndyCar aero kits have distinctively different looks, fans are talking again about increased speeds and possible bumping for the Indianapolis 500, and the drivers have booked almost the entire month for the historic Brickyard.
The 33-year-old Patrick is in the final year of her contract at Stewart-Haas Racing and landing a primary sponsor could be key to her NASCAR future.
21-year-old Ryan Reed stunned racing gurus on Feb. 21 by winning his first NASCAR race on stock-car racing’s most hallowed grounds. He did it with a wireless device attached to his stomach feeding a constant stream of data to a dashboard-mounted glucose monitor.
The 43-year-old Gordon, who was raised in the Hendricks County town of Pittsboro, is coming off one of his best seasons in years. He won four times in 2014, including the Brickyard 400 in Indianapolis.
A grand jury has decided against charging NASCAR star Tony Stewart in the August death of driver Kevin Ward Jr. at a sprint car race in upstate New York. Officials said Ward was under the influence of marijuana that night "enough to impair judgment.”
The race, which takes place the day before the annual NASCAR Brickyard 400 race at IMS, will be called the Lilly Diabetes 250.