Archive for March, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, March 26, 2018 – The rich heritage of the magical Roadster Era at the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil will be celebrated through a variety of activities on Legends Day Honoring the Roadster Era presented by Firestone on Saturday, May 26 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

One of the most beloved car styles in “500” history will enter the spotlight on center stage just one day before the sleek, new-look Verizon IndyCar Series car makes its highly anticipated debut in “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” on Sunday, May 27.

Activities on Legends Day Honoring the Roadster Era presented by Firestone include a roadster display and track laps by many roadsters. Drivers in roadsters won every Indianapolis 500 from 1953-64 on Firestone tires.

Many star drivers secured their legend with Indianapolis 500 victories in roadsters, including A.J. Foyt, Parnelli Jones, Bill Vukovich and Rodger Ward. Chassis designers and builders such as Quin Epperly, Frank Kurtis, Eddie Kuzma, Lujie Lesovsky and A.J. Watson also became iconic figures in the history of the race due to their roadster creations during this era.

“Few race cars of the Indianapolis 500 created more magical memories and nostalgia than the roadsters,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “The race reached an even higher level of interest due to the epic races by these evocative machines and the legendary names that drove and built them.

“We can’t wait to celebrate this cherished era in May on Legends Day Honoring the Roadster Era with an incredible array of activities for fans of all ages. I know the camera on my phone will get a workout May 26!”

Additional awareness of Legends Day Honoring the Roadster Era presented by Firestone will be created by three displays of roadsters facilitated by the IMS Museum. Roadsters can be seen in April and May at the Indianapolis International Airport, and one of the magical cars also will be displayed in the Fan Midway in the infield at IMS during the INDYCAR Grand Prix and practice and qualifying days for the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. Roadsters also can be viewed from May 24-26 at the IMS Museum’s Historic Racing Exhibition, located under large tents just to the east of the Museum.

Legends Day Honoring the Roadster Era presented by Firestone is one of the most action-packed days in the Month of May at IMS. Besides the activities honoring the Roadster Era, autograph sessions with the full starting field for the 102nd Running of the race and with Indianapolis 500 legendary drivers are scheduled, along with the traditional Public Drivers Meeting at 10:30 a.m.

General Admission is $10, with children 15 and under admitted free with an adult ticket holder.

Grammy Award nominee and multi-platinum superstar Sam Hunt will headline the Firestone Legends Day Concert at 3:30 p.m., with Canaan Smith and Filmore serving as opening acts. A General Admission ticket for the concert, which includes Legends Day admission, is $40, with children 3 and under admitted free to the concert with an adult ticket holder.

Visit IMS.com for more information about Legends Day Honoring the Roadster Era presented by Firestone and the Firestone Legends Day Concert. Visit indyracingmuseum.org for more information about the IMS Museum and the Historic Racing Exhibition.

Expected inclement weather has forced the postponement of the Verizon IndyCar Series testing for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil to Monday, April 30 through Wednesday, May 2 on the 2.5-mile oval at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Manufacturer testing, INDYCAR Open Testing and Indianapolis 500 Rookie Orientation Program and Refresher Testing on the oval initially were scheduled for Tuesday, March 27 through Thursday, March 29 on the IMS oval. High temperatures in the low 50s and a strong probability of rain are forecasted for next Tuesday through Thursday in Indianapolis.

Revised Schedule for Verizon IndyCar Testing:

MONDAY, April 30

Test: INDYCAR Open Test on IMS oval

Time: 10 a.m.-noon, 1-5 p.m.

Participating Drivers (21): Marco Andretti, Sebastien Bourdais, Ed Carpenter, Helio Castroneves, Gabby Chaves, Max Chilton, Scott Dixon, Jack Harvey, James Hinchcliffe, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Ed Jones, Tony Kanaan, Charlie Kimball, Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud, Spencer Pigot, Will Power, Graham Rahal, Alexander Rossi, Takuma Sato, Zach Veach.

Fan Access: Fans can watch testing for free from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. from the Turn 2 viewing mounds, Museum parking lot and South Terrace Grandstands.

Live Streaming: INDYCAR YouTube Channel and RaceControl.IndyCar.com

TUESDAY, May 1

Test: Indianapolis 500 Rookie Orientation Program/Refresher Tests on IMS oval

Time: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (Rookie Orientation Program), 2-5 p.m. (Refresher tests)

Participating Drivers (7): Pietro Fittipaldi (ROP), Jay Howard (refresher), Kyle Kaiser (ROP), Sage Karam (refresher), Matheus Leist (ROP), Danica Patrick (refresher), Robert Wickens (ROP)

Fan Access: Fans can watch testing for free from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. from the Turn 2 viewing mounds, Museum parking lot and South Terrace Grandstands.

Live StreamingINDYCAR YouTube Channel and RaceControl.IndyCar.com

WEDNESDAY, May 2

TestChevrolet and Honda Manufacturer Test on IMS oval

Participating Drivers: Determined by manufacturers. Expected participants: Ed Carpenter, Gabby Chaves, Max Chilton, Scott Dixon, James Hinchcliffe, Ed Jones, Tony Kanaan, Charlie Kimball, Matheus Leist, Danica Patrick, Spencer Pigot, Robert Wickens

Fan Access: Fans can watch testing for free from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. from the Turn 2 viewing mounds, Museum parking lot and South Terrace Grandstands.

INDIANAPOLIS (March 19, 2018) – The No. 98 machine of Andretti-Herta Autosport driver Marco Andretti will feature a special look for the upcoming Phoenix Grand Prix at Phoenix’s ISM Raceway. In honor of the of 25th Anniversary of Mario Andretti’s last career win, the third-generation driver will race the Oberto Beef Jerky Circle K / Curb Honda in the colors of his grandfather’s 1993 winning car.

“We’re really excited to see Oberto back on the car this year. Andretti Autosport has built a strong relationship with them, and we’re happy to continue to grow the partnership,” said Marco Andretti. “When the idea of a throwback livery celebrating my grandfather’s final win was thrown around, Oberto was ready to get to the drawing board. The black, white and red car resembles many of my family’s race cars and was a big part of my life growing up. It’s really cool to be able to add one of my cars to that family legacy.”

Oberto Beef Jerky first appeared on the sidepods of Andretti’s Indy car in Phoenix last year and then dressed the car again at Gateway Motorsports Park in August. The partnership has proved itself a race-winning mixture with Oberto Circle K Beetle GRC driver Scott Speed and the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team claiming back-to-back championships.

Tom Hernquist Oberto Brands CEO said, “Oberto is thrilled to partner with Andretti Autosport and our retail partner Circle-K for this great anniversary event. As a company celebrating our own landmark anniversary this year” (100 years), “the pairing of one of the greatest names in racing with the nation’s leading all-natural beef jerky is a perfect match. The Andretti name embodies our brand’s tagline of ‘You get out what you put in‘ and we are excited to see Marco on the track in Phoenix.”

“At Circle K, we take great pride in our partnership with Andretti Autosport and Oberto Brands, and are especially excited to take part in this special anniversary event,” said Francis Lapointe, Circle K Vice President Operations, Arizona. “To have Marco honoring his grandfather’s final win while racing the No. 98 Oberto Circle K / Curb Honda will allow even more spectators to become familiar with the Circle K brand and its easy shopping experience for customers on the go.”

The weekend celebration of Mario Andretti and the Phoenix Grand Prix will begin Friday, April 6, at ISM Raceway in Phoenix with race day on April 7. Fans can shop at their Phoenix-area Circle K store for a chance to win race tickets courtesy of Oberto Beef Jerky.

For more information on the sweepstakes, follow Oberto on social media at @ObertoBeefJerky.

INDYCAR will significantly increase exposure for the Verizon IndyCar Series beginning in 2019 through a media rights package announced today with NBC Sports Group.

The multiyear deal will put eight Verizon IndyCar Series races, including the 103rd Indianapolis 500 and its qualifications, on NBC next year. This is an increase from five races on broadcast television this year.

The rest of next year’s Verizon IndyCar Series races will air on NBCSN, which has seen its average viewership of INDYCAR races increase by 78 percent over the past four years. Dates, times and networks for next season will be announced at a later date.

In a first for INDYCAR, an extensive amount of Verizon IndyCar Series content will be provided through NBC Sports Gold, a leading direct-to-consumer product. Subscribers will be able to choose the content they view and how and when they access it. Either at home or at the track, the service will provide feeds not available on any other platform, including practice and qualifying sessions not televised live. Fans will also be able to watch Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires races and programming such as INDYCAR’s postseason championship celebration, Miller Lite Carb Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and additional ancillary programming.

All 2019 INDYCAR races will be streamed live on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app to authenticated subscribers.

“This arrangement brings all of INDYCAR to one home, increases our exposure and includes our first direct-to-consumer offer for our fans,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company, which owns INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “We couldn’t be happier to have start-to-finish coverage of INDYCAR’s season with the NBC Sports Group.”

The Verizon IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500 have been aired annually on ABC, the latter since 1965. In that time, both INDYCAR and ABC have enjoyed a long and fruitful partnership.

“ABC has been a fantastic partner, not only for the ‘500’ but for its broad coverage of the Verizon IndyCar Series,” Miles said. “This partnership will continue with the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 in May and together we look forward to the successful year ahead.”

As part of this new alignment, the Indianapolis 500 will be included in NBC Sports’ “Championship Season” marketing campaign, which touts numerous high-profile championship events presented on NBC Sports platforms from May to July. Other events include horse racing’s Triple Crown, The PLAYERS, Premier League Championship Sunday, the French Open, the Stanley Cup Final, the Tour de France and The Open Championship. The entire Verizon IndyCar Series will receive unprecedented marketing and promotional support from NBC Sports, which will utilize not only its own assets but many NBCUniversal assets as well.

“We’re excited to have NBC Sports serve as the exclusive home of INDYCAR, which represents the most competitive open-wheel racing in the world,” said Jon Miller, president, programming, NBC Sports and NBCSN. “We’re honored to bring the Indianapolis 500, one of the most prestigious events in all of sports, to NBC, further enhancing NBC Sports’ ‘Championship Season.’ We’ve seen consistent growth for INDYCAR on NBCSN in the past decade, and we hope to continue that growth throughout the series by leveraging the television, digital, production and marketing assets that make NBC Sports a powerful media partner.”

Securing this media rights package continues INDYCAR’s recent momentum. Television ratings have increased 38 percent over the past four seasons and overall media impressions more than doubled in 2017. INDYCAR’s social platforms gained more than 400,000 new followers last year alone.

INDYCAR remains the most competitive form of racing on the planet, with 21 drivers winning races over the past six seasons. In September, Josef Newgarden became the youngest Verizon IndyCar Series champion in more than a decade and the first U.S.-born champion since 2012.

Earlier this month, INDYCAR officially debuted its new car to rave reviews in the season-opening race in St. Petersburg, Florida, with close racing and a record number of passes around the 1.8-mile temporary street circuit. The addition of four new teams further reflects the series’ growth. One of the largest fields in recent history is expected to attempt to qualify for this year’s Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

NBCSN has been a telecast partner with INDYCAR since 2009 will air its first race of the 2018 season, the Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix, on Saturday, April 7, at ISM Raceway (9 p.m. ET).

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Two NASCAR legends with Central Indiana ties have been elected to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame, which has a new name, logo, and criteria for enshrinement beginning with the 2018 election cycle.

Five-time Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard winner Jeff Gordon and two-time Brickyard champ Tony Stewart were chosen from a ballot of 14 nominees by a panel of auto racing journalists, participants, and historians.

Gordon, who attended Tri-West High School in Pittsboro, Indiana, won 93 races in NASCAR’s top series, including the Daytona 500 three times.

He won the NASCAR series championship four times following a stellar career in USAC open-wheel racing where he was the 1990 national Midget series champion and 1991 Silver Crown titlist.

The versatile driver added an overall win in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona to his stellar resume in 2017 and drove the Pace Car before the 2015 Indianapolis 500.

Stewart, a Columbus, Indiana, resident who was a popular throwback to drivers from the 1950s and 60s, was a winner in every form of motorsports he attempted.

Stewart was a standout driver in USAC, winning the national Midget series championship in 1994, and the Triple Crown (Silver Crown, Sprint Car, Midget) in 1995.

He won three IndyCar events and the 1996-97 series championship.

After taking his talents to NASCAR, Stewart won 49 races in the sanctioning body’s top series and three series championships.

The 2018 inductees were announced on “Founder’s Day,” March 20, the 109th anniversary of the day the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Company was officially formed. They are also the first to be enshrined under the Hall’s new name and scope, which includes the stars of the Brickyard 400 and United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis for the first time. Induction ceremony will be held May 24.

“We are thrilled that the first class of inductees with our new name and election criteria honor two drivers who mean so much to fans in Central Indiana and around the world,” said Tony George, president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame honors and celebrates individual contribution to the sport of automobile racing at “The Greatest Race Course in the World.” It was founded in 1952 as the Auto Racing Hall of Fame under the auspices of the Contest Board of the American Automobile Association (AAA). The Hall of Fame was moved to the original Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum under the direction of then-Speedway president Anton “Tony” Hulman Jr. in 1962.

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, March 14, 2018 – A new premium viewing area will be constructed outside Turn 3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, offering an all-inclusive Race Day experience for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

The Turn 3 Club is being offered in response to increased demand for premium seating and hospitality at IMS. Suites are sold out for Indianapolis 500 Race Day, while limited availability remains in the Hulman Terrace Club. Hospitality and premium sales are well ahead of the pace from 2017, with demand mirroring that from the landmark 100th Running in 2016.

Demand for Reserved Seats also is stronger than for the 101st Running last May, won by Takuma Sato before one of the largest Race Day crowds in decades. Sales in February 2018 were significantly greater than those during the same month in 2017, as momentum and anticipation – boosted by the new “This Is May” campaign – continue to build for the INDYCAR Grand Prix on Saturday, May 12 and the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on Sunday, May 27.

“The Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil continues in its second century to show its strength as the world’s greatest spectator sporting event,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “Demand for this year’s race is very strong, with suites sold out and ticket sales continuing to outpace last year. Adding the Turn 3 Club as a new way to experience the Indy 500 gives another option for our fans who want that traditional race experience with more than just a grandstand seat.”

The Turn 3 Club, located on the outside of the famed 2.5-mile oval, will provide these amenities:

•Spectacular views of the track from an elevated Turn 3 location

•Pairing with a Reserved Seat in the North Vista for each customer

•All-inclusive food, beer and wine, with liquor available for purchase

•Tented deck area with tables and limited seating

•Parking passes in the North 40 Lot, with one pass for every four tickets purchased

•Souvenir event program for each customer

•Dedicated restroom facilities

•Live TV and audio feed

Tickets to the Turn 3 Club are $750 each. Existing Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil Race Day ticket holders can upgrade to the Turn 3 Club for $700 each.

Prices will increase closer to May, so interested race goers are encouraged to purchase soon at www.ims.com/turn3club or the IMS Ticket Office.

Fans looking for a ticket to every racing event at IMS can also purchase a limited number of seats left in the Hulman Terrace Club. Located on the outside of the front straightaway just past the Turn 4 exit, the club features premium stadium seating, a private area for food and beverage, and tickets to every day of track action in May along with the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational, Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard and Red Bull Air Race World Championship. For more information, click here.

Fans can email ticketsales@brickyard.com to discuss the purchase options in either the Turn 3 Club or Hulman Terrace Club.

Verizon IndyCar Series teams and drivers will continue their preparation for the fifth annual INDYCAR Grand Prix and the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil through manufacturer private testing and INDYCAR open and Indianapolis 500 rookie/refresher testing Friday, March 23, Tuesday, March 27, Wednesday, March 28 and Thursday, March 29 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Among the drivers testing on the IMS road course and oval will be 2017 Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil champion Takuma Sato, 2017 INDYCAR Grand Prix winner Will Power and 2018 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg winner Sebastien Bourdais. And making their first runs in the new-look Indy car on the IMS oval will be three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves and 2005 Indy 500 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Danica Patrick, who is returning to the race for the first time since 2011 in the final start of her driving career.

Honda manufacturer testing will take place Friday, March 23 on the IMS road course, followed by three days of testing March 27-29 on the IMS oval. An INDYCAR open test is scheduled for Tuesday, March 27, with Rookie Orientation Program & Refresher Tests on Wednesday, March 28. A combined ChevroletHonda manufacturer test on the oval will conclude testing Thursday, March 29.

Fans can watch all four days of testing from the Turn 2 viewing mounds, IMS Museum parking lot and South Terrace grandstands. These areas are open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. for testing March 23 and March 29 and from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 27-28.

Testing on March 27-28 also will be streamed live on the INDYCAR YouTube Channel and RaceControl.IndyCar.com.

The fifth annual INDYCAR Grand Prix is scheduled for Saturday, May 12 on the IMS road course. The 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil is scheduled for Sunday, May 27 on the IMS oval.

A look at each day of testing:

FRIDAY, March 23

Test: Honda Manufacturer Test on IMS road course
Participating Drivers: Determined by manufacturers. By INDYCAR rule, teams from both manufacturers are permitted to test on test days for specific manufacturers. Expected participants: Marco Andretti, Sebastien Bourdais, Gabby Chaves, Scott Dixon, Pietro Fittipaldi, James Hinchcliffe, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Ed Jones, Tony Kanaan, Jordan King, Matheus Leist, Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud, Spencer Pigot, Will Power, Graham Rahal, Alexander Rossi, Takuma Sato, Zach Veach, Robert Wickens.
Fan Access: Fans can watch testing for free from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. from the Turn 2 viewing mounds, IMS Museum parking lot and South Terrace Grandstands.

TUESDAY, March 27

Test: INDYCAR Open Test on IMS oval
Time: 10 a.m.-noon, 1-5 p.m.
• Participating drivers (21): Marco Andretti, Sebastien Bourdais, Ed Carpenter, Helio Castroneves, Gabby Chaves, Max Chilton, Scott Dixon, Jack Harvey, James Hinchcliffe, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Ed Jones, Tony Kanaan, Charlie Kimball, Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud, Spencer Pigot, Will Power, Graham Rahal, Alexander Rossi, Takuma Sato, Zach Veach
Fan Access: Fans can watch testing for free from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. from the Turn 2 viewing mounds, IMS Museum parking lot and South Terrace Grandstands.
Live Streaming: INDYCAR YouTube Channel and RaceControl.IndyCar.com

WEDNESDAY, March 28

Test: Indianapolis 500 Rookie Orientation Program/Refresher Tests on IMS oval
Time: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (Rookie Orientation Program), 2-5 p.m. (Refresher tests)
Participating Drivers (6): Pietro Fittipaldi (ROP), Kyle Kaiser (ROP), Sage Karam (refresher), Matheus Leist (ROP), Danica Patrick (refresher), Robert Wickens (ROP)
Fan Access: Fans can watch testing for free from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. from the Turn 2 viewing mounds, IMS Museum parking lot and South Terrace Grandstands.
Live Streaming: INDYCAR YouTube Channel and RaceControl.IndyCar.com

THURSDAY, March 29

Test: Chevrolet and Honda Manufacturer Test on IMS oval.
Participating Drivers: Determined by manufacturers. Expected participants: Ed Carpenter, Gabby Chaves, Max Chilton, Scott Dixon, James Hinchcliffe, Ed Jones, Tony Kanaan, Charlie Kimball, Matheus Leist, Danica Patrick, Spencer Pigot, Robert Wickens.
Fan Access: Fans can watch testing for free from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. from the Turn 2 viewing mounds, IMS Museum parking lot and South Terrace Grandstands.

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