IMS To Honor Mario Andretti And His 50th Anniversary Of His Indy 500 Victory From 1969 In May

INDIANAPOLIS – This May will be the 50th anniversary of a special moment in Indianapolis 500 history. In 1969, Mario Andretti piloted his bright orange No. 2 STP Ford to victory for the first and only time his storied career at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Fast forward to the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 that will take place this May. It’s 50 years after the fact. On Wednesday, IMS announced that they’ll honor Andretti for the entire month in celebration of his victory back in ’69. Race fans around…

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IndyCar/NBC Sports Announce TV Schedule, 8 Races On NBC A 60% Increase From 2018

INDIANAPOLIS – INDYCAR’s expanded presence on network television in 2019 through its new partnership with NBC Sports Group will not only include the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500, along with other action at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May, but also the IndyCar Series’ new season finale at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca near Monterey, California. Eight of this year’s 17 IndyCar Series races will air on NBC, representing a 60 percent increase of network television exposure over a season ago. NBCSN, entering its 12th consecutive year telecasting INDYCAR events, will…

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New IndyCar/Indy 500 Commercial Teases Potential Series Entitlement Sponsor

NBC revealed a brand new commercial during Sunday’s NFL WildCard weekend broadcast between the Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Bears that featured a promo previewing the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500. It was a national spot commercial, one that IndyCar Series fans have been wanting for years. See, prior to the upcoming season, the series has been featured on not just NBC Sports but ESPN/ABC too. The Indy 500 has always been part of the ABC Sports package. Unfortunately, ABC didn’t give the series a whole lot of attention. This…

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Indy 500 Entry List Already At 30 In Mid December, Could Grow To 39 Or 40 By May

With DragonSpeed’s announcement on Monday, the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 officially has 30 car and driver combinations on the entry list. That’s impressive because we’re still a little over a week away from Christmas still. There were recent years where we didn’t hit 30 entries until April.  That just goes to show you the rise of the IndyCar Series and how well the top brass is doing over there on the west side of Indianapolis. It’s a series everyone wants to be in. McLaren and DragonSpeed will join…

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DragonSpeed To Make IndyCar Debut In 2019, Contest In 5 Races With Chevy Power

With Harding Steinbrenner Racing moving to Honda power for the 2019 IndyCar Series season, some Chevrolet engines are available. That’s good news for DragonSpeed Racing. The WEC team will make their series debut at COTA in the open test in February then officially make their debut in the season opener at St. Pete in part of a five race tryout.  The team confirmed the move via a release on Monday morning. The part time deal will see them compete at St. Pete, Barber, Road America, and Mid-Ohio to go along…

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Busch Says Why He Left 4 Car Team For 2 Car Team As Ganassi Says “All That Stuff Is Available” For Busch With IMSA, Indy 500 Opportunities

The long kept secret that Kurt Busch would leave Stewart-Haas Racing for Chip Ganassi Racing for the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season was since confirmed on Tuesday as Busch also brings with him his Monster sponsorship. But, some also wondered why Busch would leave a dominant four car team that put all four drivers into the Round of 8 of this past year’s playoffs for a team that has struggled in recent years.

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Speedway To Become The Official Fuel And Convenience Store Of IndyCar And IMS

INDIANAPOLIS – Hulman & Company announced a multiyear agreement today with Speedway LLC, making the national convenience store chain the Official Fuel and Official Convenience Store of INDYCAR, the IndyCar Series, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis 500 beginning in 2019. Speedway LLC (Speedway) is the nation’s second largest company-owned and -operated convenience store chain with almost 4,000 retail convenience stores across the United States. Headquartered in Enon, Ohio, Speedway is a subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) and has locations in 35 states. The IndyCar Series will conduct 11 races…

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Indy 500 Entries Already Filling Fast, A Full Look at Who’s Confirmed And Who’s Possibly Up Next

INDIANAPOLIS – With Rahal/Letterman/Lanigan Racing’s announcement that Jordan King will drive a third entry for them for next May’s 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500, it further proves that we could have a heck of a Bump Day on our hands for 2019. Last year, we had 35 entries going for 33 spots. James Hinchcliffe and Pippa Mann were the DNQ’s for this past year’s race. Will we have bumping again next year? If so, how many?

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King To Make Indy 500 Debut Next May

INDIANAPOLIS – Jordan King had a ride with Ed Carpenter Racing if he wanted it. ECR wanted King back in the same capacity for the 2019 IndyCar Series season. King though, wanted more. He didn’t want to be a road/street course only driver, he wanted a full season. Unfortunately, full season rides were closed. There was no availability. Instead, he found a ride for the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500.

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McLaren Returns To The Indy 500 With Alonso For “Unfinished Business”

McLaren Racing announced on Saturday that they will contest the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 next May with Fernando Alonso behind the wheel. Competing in his second Indy 500, Alonso will attempt to become only the second driver ever to secure world motorsport’s unofficial Triple Crown: victories at the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the Indianapolis 500. The feat was achieved by Graham Hill in 1972 with his win at Le Mans.

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