Santino Ferrucci To Drive No. 19 Honda With Dale Coyne Racing Full Time In 2019

INDIANAPOLIS – After making a strong impression in his four IndyCar Series starts this past year, American Santino Ferrucci will be returning to Dale Coyne Racing for 2019 to take on his first full season of IndyCar Racing alongside team veteran Sebastien Bourdais. Ferrucci made his IndyCar debut with DCR in 2018 at the Detroit double header weekend in June and returned to the team in August when he competed in the final two rounds of the season at Portland International Raceway and Sonoma Raceway.

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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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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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