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Sebastien Bourdais leads the field into Turn 13 during the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio — Image by Chris Owens for IndyCar

Date: Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015

TrackMid-Ohio Sports Car Course, a 13-turn, 2.258-mile road course in Lexington, Ohio
Race Distance:  90 laps / 203.22 miles
Pushtopass parameters:  10 activations for 20 seconds each
Firestone Tire Allotment:  Eight sets primary and 3 sets alternate for use through the weekend

Twitter: @Mid_Ohio @IndyCar, #Honda200, #IndyCar

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2014 Race Winner: Scott Dixon

2014 Verizon P1 Award Winner: Sebastien Bourdais, 1 minute, 24.1610 seconds, 96.586 mph
OneLap Qualifying Record: Dario Franchitti & Gil de Ferran, 1:05.347, 124.394 mph, Aug. 13, 1999 (Franchitti) and Aug. 12, 2000 (de Ferran).

Television Broadcasts: Qualifying, 3 p.m. ET Saturday, Aug. 1 (live, NBCSN); Race,1:30 p.m. ET Sunday, Aug. 2 (live, CNBC). Leigh Diffey is the lead announcer, alongside analysts Townsend Bell and David Hobbs. Pit reporters are Jon Beekhuis, Kevin Lee, Katie Hargitt and Robin Miller.

INDYCAR Radio Network Broadcasts: Paul Page chief announcer, analyst Davey Hamilton. Pit reporters Dave Furst, Nick Yeoman & Michael Young, with Mark Jaynes and Jake Query serving as the turn announcers. Verizon IndyCar Series qualifying & races air live on network affiliates, Sirius 212, XM 209,, and the INDYCAR 15 app. Practice sessions are available on, and the INDYCAR 15 app.

Video Streaming: All practice sessions for the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season are available live on

INDYCAR 15 App: The Verizon INDYCAR 15 app has exclusive features for Verizon Wireless customers, including interactive 3D Live View with real-time leaderboard and car telemetry to see where drivers are positioned, a leaderboard with enhanced 2D “marching ants” and car telemetry, in-car camera video streams from cameras that move 360 degrees and driver-pit crew chatter during the race.

AtTrack Schedule (all times local):

Friday, July 31

10:45 am-Noon – Verizon IndyCar Series practice 1
3:15-4:30 pm – Verizon IndyCar Series practice 2

Saturday, August 1

10:45-11:30 am – Verizon IndyCar Series practice 3
3-4:15 pm – Verizon IndyCar Series qualifying (three rounds of knockout qualifying), NBCSN (live)

Sunday, August 2

9:45-10:15 am – Verizon IndyCar Series warmup
1:30 pm – CNBC on air
2:07 pm – Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (90 laps/203.22 miles), CNBC (live)

IndyCar Championship Facts:

Juan Pablo Montoya sits on pit wall at Mid-Ohio prior to the Honda Indy 200 — Image by Chris Owens for IndyCar

Juan Pablo Montoya leads the Indy car championship with three races to go for the second time in his career. He also led the CART point standings with three to go when he won the 1999 championship.

• Montoya leads Graham Rahal by 42 points. Montoya has led the championship since winning the opening race of the season at St. Petersburg.

• With 54 maximum points available at Mid-Ohio, the points lead could change for the first time in 2015.

• There are 13 drivers mathematically eligible for the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series championship: Montoya, Rahal, Scott Dixon, Helio Castroneves, Will Power, Sebastien Bourdais, Marco Andretti, Josef Newgarden, Tony Kanaan, Simon Pagenaud, Carlos Munoz, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Charlie Kimball.

• Since the first Indy car race at Mid-Ohio in 1980, nine drivers have won at Mid-Ohio in their Indy car championship-winning seasons: Johnny Rutherford (1980), Mario Andretti (1984), Bobby Rahal (1986), Michael Andretti (1991), Al Unser Jr. (1994), Alex Zanardi (1997), Juan Montoya (1999), Paul Tracy (2003) and Dario Franchitti (2010).

Key championship points statistic: The driver who has led the championship with three races to go has failed to win the championship in four of the last six seasons. Only Dario Franchitti in 2011 and Will Power in 2014 have won the title when leading with three to go.

Championship-eligible drivers with strong results at Mid-Ohio: Scott Dixon is a five-time Mid-Ohio winner and has won three of the last four races at the track… Helio Castroneves won the CART races at the track in 2000-01. … Juan Pablo Montoya won the CART race in 1999…Will Power has five top-10 finishes in six starts at Mid-Ohio. … Sebastien Bourdais has three top-five finishes in five starts. … Simon Pagenaud has two podium finishes in four starts at Mid-Ohio.

IndyCar Series Entry List for the Honda Indy 200

Derrick Walker at IMS during the Grand Prix of Indianapolis Road Course Test — Image by Chris Jones for the IMS

INDIANAPOLIS (July 30, 2015) — Mark Miles, CEO, Hulman & Company, announced that Derrick Walker, President of Competition & Operations, INDYCAR, has decided to leave the company effective August 31, 2015, the conclusion of the 2015 IndyCar season, in order to pursue other professional opportunities. A search for his replacement is now under way.

Walker has made several important contributions that advanced INDYCAR as a sanctioning body. During his tenure, he greatly assisted in securing Boston as a new event on the 2016 schedule, successfully introduced the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis in 2014, spearheaded additional investment to improve technology in Race Control and led innovation of the new Indy car aero kits. His focus on continuous safety advancement resulted in changes to the Indy car underwing, making the cars more stable and strengthening sidepods, further protecting drivers.

“We have benefited from Derrick’s extensive racing experience, his tireless effort and his passion for INDYCAR, and he will be missed,” said Miles. “We appreciate the thoughtful way Derrick has planned his transition and wish him well in his future endeavors.”

Commented Walker, “I have appreciated the opportunity to work closely with the team owners, drivers and the team at INDYCAR. After two and a half racing seasons, I believe the timing is right to move on to other opportunities.”

Derrick Daly (right) speaks with IndyCar’s Derrick Walker —  Image by Dana Garrett for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

IndyCar LED Scoring lights installation -- Image by John Cote

IndyCar LED Scoring lights installation — Image by John Cote for IndyCar

INDIANAPOLIS (July 23, 2015)- INDYCAR announced today the introduction of new technology that will track each Verizon IndyCar Series car’s running position and display it in real time via light emitting diode (LED) panels on the side of each racecar. The LED panels have been tested multiple times this season and will be implemented in time for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio on Aug. 2.

Image by John Cote for IndyCar

“INDYCAR is committed to implementing new technology into the Verizon IndyCar Series and this project was about how we can to enhance the at-track experience for fans at our events and allow them to understand more of what’s going on,” said Derrick Walker, INDYCAR President of Competition and Operations. “If you’re not in the line of sight of a video screen or a scoring pylon, it’s sometimes hard to know who’s doing what on the racetrack. It was a natural to do the numbering system and we’re confident this will help get our fans more engaged at the track.”

The panels will feature multiple colors to display pit stop time and when an entry’s push-to-pass is active.

The 8-inch-wide by 7-inch-tall LED panels, which are only 3 millimeters thick, will be attached to either side of the airbox (below the cockpit camera mount) on each chassis. The system was first tested in mid-April at Barber Motorsports Park.

Image by John Cote for IndyCar

Running order will be updated as the car crosses each of the INDYCAR Timing & Scoring timelines embedded around racetracks. Track position in other motorsports series that employ a similar system is updated only at the start/finish line.

Red is the primary color to display running order. Green will be used for a running clock while a car is in its pit box, and a flashing green “PP” will indicate when push to pass is active. Brightness of the LEDs will be modulated to fit daylight and night events.


INDIANAPOLIS (July 28, 2015) – Sherwin-Williams, an industry leader in paint and coatings, will serve as the Official Paint and Finishing Partner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, INDYCAR, the Verizon IndyCar Series, Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal 400 at the Brickyard as part of a multi-year partnership agreement.

“Sherwin-Williams is extremely excited for this new relationship with INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway,” said Bobby Moody, Director of Motorsports, Sherwin-Williams. “We’re looking forward to everything this new partnership entails, including celebrating the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 next May.”

The company will have branding integrated into IMS during its spotlight events in the Month of May, including the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race and the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis; as well as inclusion from a paint and finishing perspective, in Project 100, the collaboration between the Indiana state government and the Indiana Motorsports Commission creating a $100 million bond issue to raise money for improvements to IMS.

Full-time teams in the Verizon IndyCar Series have the opportunity to use paint and finishing products under terms of the agreement. Sherwin-Williams will also offer unique customer experiences to enhance business-to-business programs.

“We’re extremely proud to announce this partnership with Sherwin-Williams and confident it will be a tremendous asset for both the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and INDYCAR,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company, the parent of INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “Sherwin-Williams’ support of both brands, in addition to many of our events at IMS, is obviously valuable – but we’re also very excited for the opportunity to integrate their paint and finishing products into the facility itself, including many projects we have planned for Project 100. We look forward to a very successful partnership and are thankful to Sherwin-Williams for the support.”

About SherwinWilliams:

For nearly 150 years, Sherwin-Williams has been an industry leader in the development of technologically advanced paint and coatings. As the nation’s largest specialty retailer of paint and painting supplies, Sherwin-Williams is dedicated to supporting both do-it-yourselfers and painting professionals with exceptional and exclusive products, resources to make confident color selections and expert, personalized service at its more than 4,000 neighborhood stores across North America. Sherwin-Williams has been ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction among Paint Retailers, Three Years in a Row” in the J.D. Power 2015 Paint Satisfaction StudySM. For more information, visit – Join Sherwin-Williams on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Tumblr.


Image by Joe Skibinski for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Image by Joe Skibinski for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Sunday, July 26, 2015 — Kyle Busch completed a weekend sweep at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a win at the 22nd annual Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard to go with his win Saturday in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Lilly Diabetes 250.

Busch, who missed the first 11 races of the Sprint Cup season due to injury, has remarkably won the last three Sprint Cup races in a row and four of the last five. “I just can’t believe this run right now, I just can’t believe what’s going on,” said Busch, driver of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Skittles Toyota. “The Skittles Camry was awesome and I knew if you got us out front we could just drive away. It’s really a treat to win here in Indy.” Today’s race came down to a green-white-checkered finish between Busch, on the inside of the front row, and 2015 Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano, who was trying to capture the first Crown Royal 400 at the Brickyard win for legendary team owner Roger Penske.

The run for the Checkered Flag -- Image by Walter Kuhn for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

The run for the Checkered Flag — Image by Walter Kuhn for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

As the green flag waved, Busch took command going into Turn 1 and continued to lengthen his lead until he crossed the Yard of Bricks as the victor with a .332 of a second winning margin over Logano. Busch was asked if the injury that caused him to miss races earlier this season brought him a different perspective that has helped his recent performance.

Kyle Busch wins the Crown Royal presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway -- Image by Chris Owens

Kyle Busch wins the Crown Royal presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard — Image by Chris Owens for IMS

“It must have, I don’t know,” Busch said. “I just think maybe I found my happy place, I don’t know. There’s nothing better than being in victory lane for one of the biggest wins of my career here in Indy, and sweeping the weekend is even bigger yet.”  With today’s performance, Busch, who finished second at Indianapolis in 2012 and 2014, now has nine top-10 finishes in 11 starts at Indianapolis. He led 19 laps in today’s race.

Kyle Busch celebrates with his wife Samantha and son Brexton after winning the Brickyard 400 -- Image by Chris Cross for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Kyle Busch celebrates with his wife Samantha and son Brexton after winning the Brickyard 400 — Image by Chris Cross for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Logano’s runner-up finish is his best at IMS in seven races and his fourth top-10 performance. Logano entered the final restart hoping to secure his first win at Indianapolis. “When you come here to the Brickyard it’s all about the win and you throw caution to the wind, especially in our situation, and you try to just win the race,” Logano said. “It’s checkers or wreckers basically, and we had a good restart – we had good restarts all day – but the last one was a good one. The 78 (Martin Truex Jr.) got to Kyle and started pushing him and when those cars hooked up and locked bumpers it takes so much drag off the car and they were able to push ahead and I wasn’t going to do nothing there. I got a good draft down the backstretch and he was going to block the bottom and I didn’t have a good enough run to get underneath him. All I could do was hope that he missed his corner and try to get underneath him that way. It’s just so frustrating and close to winning here at the Brickyard, and second hurts.”

Third-place finisher and reigning Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick, who led a race-high 75 laps, posted his ninth top-10 finish in 15 races at IMS in his No. 4 Jimmy John’s/Budweiser Chevrolet. “Yeah, we lost the lead there (during a late restart),”Harvick said. “The 18 (Busch) and 22 (Logano) got hooked up on the restart there and got by us in Turn 1. The No. 78 (Truex Jr.) and I didn’t really get together and weren’t able to keep the lead. Then I lost the lead and Kyle had a faster pace than I wanted to go and spun the tires, and then he was able to keep the lead. I just didn’t put it together there at the end.” Truex Jr. finished fourth in his No. 78 Furniture Row Visser Precision Chevrolet, which is his best finish in 10 Indianapolis starts.

Rounding out the top five was Denny Hamlin, who finished fifth in the FedEx Express Toyota. Other notables included Ryan Newman of South Bend, Indiana, who finished 11th in the No. 31 Grainger Chevrolet after starting 43rd; polesitter Carl Edwards, 13th in the No. 19 Stanley Toyota; four-time Brickyard winner Jimmie Johnson, 15th in the No. 48 Kobalt Tools Chevrolet, and two-time Brickyard winner and Columbus, Indiana, native Tony Stewart, 28th in the No. 14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet.

In his 22nd and final start at the Brickyard, Jeff Gordon, of nearby Pittsboro, Indiana, saw his storybook ending for a sixth title thwarted on Lap 50 when Clint Bowyer spun in the north short chute, causing Gordon to spin and resulting in Gordon’s car hitting the inside wall. Gordon made it back to his pit, but his No. 24 3M Chevrolet was seriously damaged. Gordon’s crew made repairs to the car and he returned to the track briefly before heading to the garage for additional work. Gordon returned to the track once more late in the race and finished 42nd after completing 110 laps.

Jeff Gordon is collateral damage dur to -- Image by Michael Roth for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Clint Bowyer loses control of his #15 car and wrecks #24 Jeff Gordon in the process — Image by Michael Roth for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

“I don’t know,” Gordon said. “I was underneath Kasey Kahne and we were just racing for position. I saw Bowyer get sideways. I don’t know what caused it. Me and Kasey were trying to check up to avoid it. I don’t know if he got loose or we just both got loose together. Then I just lost control and got in the wall.” Gordon ends his Brickyard career with five wins, three poles, 12 top-five finishes, 17 top-10 finishes, 14 races led and 528 laps led in 22 appearances – all records.


2015 Ticket Information: Fans can buy tickets for the 2015 Red Bull Indianapolis GP and apply for tickets to the 2016 Indianapolis 500Angies List Grand Prix of IndianapolisLilly Diabetes 250 and — Crown Royal Presents theYour Heros Name Here400 at the Brickyard. Fans have three quick, convenient methods to buy tickets:

• Online: Visit Tickets are available 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

• Phone: Call 800-822-INDY or 317-492-6700 between 8am-5pm (ET) Monday through Friday.

• In Person: Visit the IMS Ticket Office in the IMS Administration Building located at 4790 West 16th St., Indianapolis, just east of the roundabout at Crawfordsville Road & 16th St., between 8am-5pm (ET) Monday through Friday.

Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are available. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at 866-221-8775 for more information.

Information on parking and camping at IMS events is available at


Image by Jim Haines for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Kyle Busch in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 54 Monster Energy Camry, continued his Saturday domination at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, catching Penske Racing driver Ryan Blaney on the last lap for his second win in the Lilly Diabetes 250.

Blaney, in the Penske Racing No. 22 Discount Tire Mustang led laps 76-99, but a bobble coming out of Turn 2 on the last lap after negotiating lapped traffic (in the form of Derrike Cope) allowed Busch, who started on the pole, to dart to the inside for a pass on the back straight and a win by .421 of a second. 

Kyle Busch celebrates after winning the 4th Annual Lilly Diabetes 250 featuring the NASCAR XFINITY Series at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway — Image by: Shawn Gritzmacher

As earlier noted, the lapped traffic in this case was perennial back marker Derrike Cope, who although he was five laps off the pace, chose to run the low-line forcing the leader Blaney to go high and be forced to slow enough to bring a charging Kyle Busch back into play.

Busch who has been driving magnificently for the about the last month, reeled in the young Blaney explaining: “I just got close enough to make him mess up and made him get tight off (Turn) 2 and then I was able to capitalize underneath him when he lost his momentum.”

Busch, who won his first NASCAR XFINITY race at IMS in 2013, has led 206 of 400 laps in the four-year history of the event. “The Monster Energy Camry was the class of the field. We should’ve won this thing going away, but I guess we had to make it exciting. Hopefully it was exciting down the last lap for the fans.”

Blaney took full blame for falling three turns short of the win, showing immeasurable maturity for a young driver. He chose not to discuss Cope’s lapped-traffic role in the final laps of the race. Derrike Cope finished 30th on the day. In 15 starts this season, Cope is 27th in the NASCAR Xfinity standings with 6 DNF’s. (Did Not Finsh)

“It was my fault, obviously,” said Blaney, driver of the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford. “You saw it. I screwed up. The crew did not deserve that. I dropped the ball for them today. I take full responsibility. I got tight and got in too deep and didn’t get right off the corner. I threw it away. It’s a pretty bad feeling to throw one away at the Brickyard. There was no pressure for 25 laps and then the last one – I just made a mistake.”

Following the race, Busch gave further example of his own personal growth since his marriage to Samantha Sarcinella Busch, formerly of St. John, Indiana, the birth of their new son; Brexton and over-coming his injuries from his terrible crash at Daytona. In counseling the 21 year-old Blaney on his second place finish, Kyle said: “I’ve been there. I’ve had plenty of losses. I did have one quite like that at Indy. The first year, we were really good in my own car, felt like we were the class of the field, and I got spun out on a restart. Last year, coming down to the last restart, the 3 car out-muscled me on a restart, and I couldn’t catch up and get back behind him to get by him. It’s a tough business and there’s nothing to hang his hat over. He’s going to be here for a long time. He’s done a really nice job in that 22 car. I didn’t think he had a second-place car today. To finish that well was pretty good.”

Daniel Suarez finished third in his No. 18 ARRIS Honda, followed by Paul Menard in the No. 33 Richmond – Menards Chevrolet, Elliott Sadler in the No. 1 OneMain Financial Ford, reigning Sprint Cup Series winner Kevin Harvick in the No. 88 Morton Buildings Chevrolet and Kyle Larson in the No. 42 Dixie Chopper/Big Machine Records/Jacobsen Chevrolet.

Regan Smith finished eighth in his No. 7 Chevrolet, and in doing so earned a $100,000 bonus in the NASCAR XFINITY Series “Dash 4 Cash” program.



INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, July 27, 2015 – MotoAmerica, the premier U.S.-based motorcycle road racing series, will race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as part of Red Bull Indianapolis GP weekend, Aug. 7-9.

The first-year series has featured great racing across multiple divisions and IMS will be the eighth stop in a nine-round schedule.

“We’re really pleased to be bringing our MotoAmerica Series to Indianapolis Motor Speedway,” said MotoAmerica president and three-time World Champion Wayne Rainey. “There is so much history there at the Speedway and it’s an honor that we get to be a part of that going forward. It’s also great to be sharing the weekend with MotoGP. We have a great relationship with (MotoGP rights holder) Dorna and it gives us a wonderful opportunity to showcase our series to an international audience.”

The premier class for the MotoAmerica Championship is Superbike, featuring a rules package based on a combination of AMA Superbike chassis and 2015 World Superbike Championship engine specifications. Racing alongside the Superbikes (but scored separately) is the Superstock 1000 class, closely aligned to FIM Superstock 1000 rules and run on slick tires.

Other classifications include Supersport, formerly known as AMA Daytona Sportbike, and Bazzaz Superstock 600, the former AMA Pro SuperSport class.


Photo by Bret Kelley for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

“The racing at the Red Bull Indianapolis GP is terrific every year and MotoAmerica will add even more great competition,” Indianapolis Motor Speedway president Doug Boles said. “MotoAmerica riders hail from all across the country and our fans might discover a new favorite rider over the weekend.”

Top manufacturers including BMW, Ducati, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha are represented on the MotoAmerica grid and a mix of young, up-and-coming riders will battle veterans on the 16-turn, 2.591-mile IMS road course.

Roger Hayden, younger brother of 2006 MotoGP World Champion and current MotoGP competitor Nicky Hayden, will come up from his hometown of Owensboro, Kentucky, to battle in the Superbike division.

“I’m excited for Indy,” said Hayden, who rides for Yoshimura Suzuki. “And not just because of the history the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has, but to be racing the same weekend as my brother, Nicky. We will be racing close to home so there will be tons of family and friends there who have never seen me race before. I’m looking forward to racing in front of them and to get the chance to kiss the bricks, which is something I’ve always seen on TV, would be awesome. I hope to get to do that.”


2015 Ticket Information: Fans can buy tickets for the 2015 Red Bull Indianapolis GP and apply for tickets to the 2016 Indianapolis 500, Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis, Lilly Diabetes 250 and the Crown Royal Presents the “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400 at the Brickyard.

Fans have three quick, convenient methods to buy tickets:

• Online: Visit – Tickets available 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

• Phone: Call 800-822-INDY or 317-492-6700 between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday.

• In Person: Visit the IMS Ticket Office in the IMS Administration Building located at 4790 West 16th Street, Indianapolis, IN, which is just east of the roundabout at Crawfordsville Road and 16th Street, between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday. Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are available. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at 866-221-8775 for more information.

Information on parking and camping at IMS events is available at