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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Gateway To Add Updates To Accommodate Fans An Even Better Race Day Experience

Gateway Motorsports Park — in conjunction with the sports marketing program at Maryville University in St. Louis — conducted extensive fan surveys following its 2017 and 2018 INDYCAR and NASCAR events. The surveys provided detailed information pertaining to the likes and needs of the fans who attend INDYCAR and NASCAR races at the unique 1.25 mile-oval.  As a result of these surveys, changes have been made to accommodate the fans to provide a better race day experience. The seating sections formerly known as Gold Level, Silver Level and General Admission have…

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IndyCar To Create INDYCAR Media, To Control International Media Rights

Hulman & Company has announced the formation of INDYCAR Media, which becomes the in-house global distribution arm of INDYCAR’s international media rights. INDYCAR Media has already begun to arrange the distribution of media rights for the 2019 IndyCar Series season and beyond. Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company, which owns INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, oversaw the development of a similar program for the ATP Tour in men’s professional tennis and that program stands as a model. INDYCAR Media will secure deals with more than two dozen licensees representing…

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Mari Hulman George Passes Away At 83

Hulman & Company and Indianapolis Motor Speedway Chairman of the Board Emeritus Mari Hulman George, who touched the lives of millions through her deep passion for auto racing, stewardship of the Racing Capital of the World and decades of compassionate philanthropy, died Nov. 3 in Indianapolis with her family by her side. She was 83. Mari served as IMS chairman from 1988-2016, but motorsports and the world-renowned racetrack were among the cornerstones of her life since her father, Anton “Tony” Hulman Jr., purchased the facility in November 1945 and saved…

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Phillips Named President Of Rahal/Letterman/Lanigan Racing

INDIANAPOLIS – We now know why Piers Phillips left Schmidt Peterson Motorsports last week. On Thursday, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing announced that Phillips has joined the team as president. Phillips will report directly to team ownership and oversee operations for the team’s involvement in the IndyCar Series, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Series.  Most recently, Phillips spent the past three seasons at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports as general manager. “Mike, Dave and I are pleased that Piers is joining the team as its first ever president,” said Bobby Rahal, team…

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Marco Andretti Invests In Team, Takes Enhanced Role In No. 98 Honda Team

INDIANAPOLIS – Veteran IndyCar driver Marco Andretti will be taking an enhanced role in the No. 98 team’s entry come 2019 as the U.S. Concrete-branded Honda will officially be entered by Andretti Herta Autosport w/ Marco Andretti & Curb-Agajanian.  “I’m happy and proud to invest back into the team that I have been with for 13 seasons and counting,” said Marco Andretti. “I truly believe this is the best team out there and I’m looking forward to a fun, competitive future with the U.S. Concrete No. 98 family.”  “I’m proud to see Marco…

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Ericsson Has High Praise For IndyCar, Says Series Has Parts That F1 Is Missing But Being In F1 Also Brings More Pressure On Him

INDIANAPOLIS – On Tuesday, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports announced that Marcus Ericsson would drive the No. 7 Honda for the team in the 2019 IndyCar Series season. Essentially, the team is bringing out a third car, the No. 6 Honda for if and when Robert Wickens is ready to return. In the interim, Ericsson will move from over five years of Formula One experience over to North America to race in the series on a full time basis next season. That in turn comes with high expectations and pressure for the Swedish…

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SPM To Bring Out Another Car For Marcus Ericsson For 2019 Season

INDIANAPOLIS – A current Formula One driver is heading towards the IndyCar Series for 2019. No, it’s not Fernando Alonso. On Tuesday, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports announced that they have signed current Sauber F1 driver Marcus Ericsson to drive the No. 7 Honda for next year. The Kumla, Sweden native is a two-time champion (Formula BMW UK, 2007; Japanese Formula Three, 2009), and has twice claimed the Swedish Junior Racer of the Year award (2007, 2009). Ericsson also previously competed in British Formula Three, GP2 Asia, GP2 and currently has 95 starts…

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After 7 Seasons, Fuzzy’s Vodka Won’t Sponsor Ed Carpenter Racing For 2019 IndyCar Series Season

INDIANAPOLIS – After seven consecutive seasons, one of the most recognizable partnerships in the IndyCar Series will conclude as the relationship between Ed Carpenter Racing and Fuzzy’s Vodka has come to an end. While Fuzzy’s Vodka will concentrate on business initiatives outside of motorsports moving forward, Ed Carpenter Racing’s 2019 plans are unaffected with the No. 20 and No. 21 entries still competing full-time. Fuzzy’s Vodka has been with Ed Carpenter Racing since the team’s debut season in 2012 and has supported ECR in each of the 118 IndyCar Series events…

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Wickens Updates His Condition, Confirms He’s Currently Paralyzed From Waist Down

INDIANAPOLIS – Robert Wickens doesn’t have to take us down his life changing journey with him if he didn’t want to. No one would blame him for keeping his rehab a secret. Instead, the Canadian is being open and transparent on his condition. On Thursday night, Wickens confirmed what most feared, he’s a paraplegic. While that could be taken in a number of ways, he’s not giving up. I’m not a doctor and don’t want to pretend to be, but Wickens wanted every one to see his progress he’s been making.…

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