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OVER THE WALL  —  INSIDE REAR TIRE CHANGE

It’s time for Episode Four of Over the Wall!

How do IndyCar Series crews change tires so fast?

The fourth episode takes us to the inside rear where Brad hums a very interesting song during each Verizon IndyCar Series pit stop.

The remaining videos will be released each Wednesday leading up to the Verizon IndyCar Series season finale @ Sonoma

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OVER THE WALL  —  INSIDE FRONT TIRE CHANGE

It’s time for Episode Three of Over the Wall!

How do IndyCar Series crews change tires so fast?

Find out this week on Over the Wall, when we head to the inside front – where Neil and Grant use muscle memory to change tires in 4-5 seconds!

This third episode highlighting the inside front tire-changer position was released today and the remaining three positions will be released each Wednesday leading up to the Verizon IndyCar Series season finale @ Sonoma

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August 21, 2018| By Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Six of central Indiana’s largest sports organizations, along with the state’s Next Level Fund, are partnering to launch Techstars’ first sports technology initiative in Indianapolis. Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, and the SportsTech founding partners Next Level Fund, Indiana Sports Corp, NCAA and Pacers Sports & Entertainment and supporting partners the Indianapolis Colts, Verizon IndyCar Series and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, are joining together to bring a new mentorship-driven accelerator program to Indianapolis: Techstars SportsTech Accelerator Powered by Indy.

“Indiana’s emerging tech industry and our great sports reputation have combined to attract this terrific opportunity for sports entrepreneurs,” Gov. Eric J. Holcomb said. “I’m proud that we are putting the Next Level Fund to use in such an innovative way.”

As one of the premier sports and tech hub destinations in the country, Indianapolis is an emerging leader bridging technology and innovation. The three-year accelerator program will launch at the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 in May 2019 and will support innovative startups across many sectors, stages and business models aiming to combat issues in sports technology.

Through the Techstars SportsTech Accelerator, 10 startups will be selected each of the next three years to relocate to Indianapolis for three months for mentorship with experienced entrepreneurs and industry experts. The Techstars Indy team will recruit, select and accelerate the most-talented companies in the following potential areas: fan participation, player/driver safety, ticketing, merchandising, athlete performance management, athlete wellness, among others. The accelerator provides startup founders with the chance to pitch to angel investors and venture capitalists at the culmination of the 13 weeks.

The SportsTech Accelerator will have a key focus on innovation with goals to foster early identification of key trends for future technology in sport; meaningful engagement with early-stage sports tech companies; embrace technologies and business models that will impact the sports industry; and enhance a culture of internal innovation and the spirit of entrepreneurship.

The Techstars SportsTech Accelerator fund is backed by the founding partners Next Level Fund, Indiana Sports Corp, NCAA and Pacers Sports & Entertainment in addition to the supporting partners the Indianapolis Colts, Verizon IndyCar Series and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In the coming months, Techstars will select a Managing Director to oversee the strategy and leadership of the program and hire Support Program Staff.

“Indiana Sports Corp and its partners are proud to bring the first sports tech accelerator of its kind to Indianapolis,” said Indiana Sports Corp president Ryan Vaughn. “We are excited to match with the most talented entrepreneurs in the world to foster innovation and expand our city’s footprint in the sports and tech industries.”

“The NCAA is committed to creating meaningful change in the community and college sports,” said Kathleen McNeely, NCAA chief financial officer. “We are proud members of the Indianapolis community and are delighted to be a part of this important effort to bring technology, mentorship and sports together in Indiana. We are eager to foster a culture of innovation and embrace technologies that will positively impact sports and student-athletes everywhere.”

“We’re excited to invest in this new partnership that will serve as a growth engine for entrepreneurship, technology and innovation in our local economy,” commented Stephen Simon, Co-Owner, Pacers Sports & Entertainment. “We are constantly looking for new ways to leverage technology to improve our operations as well as our guest and fan experiences, so it’s great to work in a city that is emerging as the premier sports-tech hub in the world.”

“Indianapolis, home to a vibrant entrepreneurial sector and many world-class sporting events and organizations, is the perfect location for the new Techstars SportsTech Accelerator,” said Mark Miles, Hulman and Company president and chief executive officer. “INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are happy to officially launch this new initiative with so many wonderful partners at the 2019 Indianapolis 500, an event that exemplifies the many exciting innovations and 21st century technologies that power both a global sporting spectacle and top-notch fan experience.”

“Indianapolis is already an international center for sports and sports-driven ventures, today’s announcement adds to our city’s world-class business portfolio,” said Pete Ward, Colts chief operating officer. “We’re pleased to partner with the Next Level Fund and our fellow sports properties to support this new, innovative opportunity for our city.” With the addition of the SportsTech Accelerator and an announcement last week by the Heritage Group, partnering with Techstars to bring materials science-based startups to Indianapolis through a similar venture, Techstars will have 46 accelerator programs around the world. Techstars selected Indy to pilot this sports tech initiative adding to their existing accelerator profile including more than 1,400 companies with a market cap of $16 billion.

“Techstars is proud to open our second accelerator in Indy,” said David Brown, co-CEO and founder of Techstars. “Indianapolis is growing international recognition for its investments in innovation. The entrepreneurs in the Techstars SportsTech Accelerator Powered by Indy will have access to incredible leaders from Indiana Sports Corp and all of the sports leaders in the area.”

Applications will open in December 2018 with the program kicking off in May 2019. Companies interested in applying are encouraged to check out the Techstars Application Toolkit. For more information on Techstars and its accelerator programs, visit www.techstars.com

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Alexander Rossi rolls toward Turn 3 during the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway — IndyCar Image by Chris Owens

By Mark Robinson
IndyCar.com

LONG POND, Pennsylvania (Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018) – For the second consecutive Verizon IndyCar Series race, Alexander Rossi put together a dominantly triumphant performance. On Sunday, he won the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway and made the season championship battle tighter in the process.

The race was delayed nearly two hours by a red-flag stoppage for track fencing repairs following a five-car incident on Lap 7. Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver Robert Wickens sustained orthopedic injuries in the crash and was transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where he was being evaluated Sunday night. INDYCAR will provide additional medical updates as they are made available.

Rossi, driving the No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda, led 180 of the 200 laps on the 2.5-mile triangular oval. He took the checkered flag 4.4982 seconds ahead of Team Penske’s Will Power to collect his third win this season and second in as many races, on the heels of a July 29 triumph in the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. The victory allowed Rossi to close within 29 points of championship leader Scott Dixon, who finished third in the race, with three races remaining on the schedule.

“The fact that we were able to (win the race) is just a testament to the car I had from Andretti Autosport, really the work that my teammate Zach Veach put in at the test here last week,” Rossi said. “We were able to roll off instantly (to start the weekend) competitive and strong.

“It was a big team win from that standpoint and a great day for the NAPA AUTO PARTS Andretti crew. Great on pit stops, strategy, gave us the tools we needed to get it done today.”

Alexander Rossi begins the celebration in Victory Circle after winning the 2018 ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway — IndyCar Image by Chris Owens

Starting from the pole for the 53rd time in his career, Power led the 22-car field to the green flag in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet. The caution flag waved almost immediately when Graham Rahal ran into the back of Spencer Pigot as they reached the front straight. Pigot’s No. 21 Ed Carpenter Racing Fuzzy’s Vodka careened into the inside wall between pit lane and the track to bring out the yellow flag.

The race restarted on Lap 6, with Rossi getting the jump on Power to take the lead into Turn 1. As the field reached Turn 2, Wickens’ No. 6 Lucas Oil SPM Honda made light contact with Ryan Hunter-Reay in the No. 28 DHL Honda. As they slid toward the SAFER Barrier on the outside wall, Wickens’ car launched over the front of Hunter-Reay’s car and into the catch fencing, where it spun violently before landing on the track.

“He had a run out of Turn 1,” Hunter-Reay said of Wickens, “came up along the side of me, but I was in the draft of Power in front of me, so I started pulling ahead. Once we got to (Turn) 2, he was at my (left rear) corner at best. “I even gave room. I left a lane; left a half of a lane, if not more. I was pretty shocked I got hit in the back. That is neither here nor there right now. We’re just thinking about Robert. It’s all very, very unfortunate.”

Wickens was awake and alert when attended to by the AMR INDYCAR Safety Team and INDYCAR Medical staff. Hunter-Reay was uninjured. James Hinchcliffe, Takuma Sato and Pietro Fittipaldi, whose cars were also collected in the incident, were likewise uninjured and eliminated from the race. The remaining cars running were ordered to pit lane and the race halted for 1 hour, 56 minutes to allow for repair of the catch fencing.

Following the restart on Lap 12, the race ran under green-flag conditions to the finish. The only time Rossi surrendered the lead was through pit stop cycles, as he drove on to his fifth career win and first on an oval since his breakthrough victory as a rookie in the 2016 Indianapolis 500. It also gave Andretti Autosport a second win at Pocono, the home track for team owner and Pennsylvania native Michael Andretti.

“It means a lot to win any race for Andretti Autosport,” Rossi said. “They have such a legacy in the sport, to be able to add to that in a very small way is a huge honor of mine. Hopefully, I’ll have the opportunity to do that a couple more times this year and we’ll be able to close it out with a championship.”

Dixon, in the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, gained the most positions from start to finish (10) and notched his seventh podium finish of the season. The 38-year-old New Zealander is seeking his fifth Verizon IndyCar Series championship.

“Somewhat of a frustrating day,” Dixon said. “Nice to get some points out of it. Obviously, we took a bit of a hit there with Rossi (winning). Congrats to him.

“The race was really difficult. (I) had lots of understeer (so) we added tons of front wing to the car. Just about every stop, I think we added front wing, made multiple changes to try to get the thing to turn.”

After 14 races, Dixon has accumulated 530 points to 501 for Rossi. Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden, the reigning series champion who finished the race in fifth place, has 464 points. Power is fourth at 449 and Hunter-Reay fifth with 411.

Top ten drivers remain mathematically alive for the championship heading to the next race, the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Axalta & Valvoline at Gateway Motorsports Park 4,Saturday, Aug. 25. Race airs live at 8pm ET on NBCSN & Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network.

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