INDYCAR NEWS AND NOTES - Feb. 26, 2013

Story posted - Feb 26 2013 4:39 PM

INDYCAR NEWS AND NOTES - Feb. 26, 2013

Today's IZOD IndyCar Series, Firestone Indy Lights and Mazda Road to Indy headlines:
1. Tracy to be part of Sportsnet's Canadian coverage
2. ABC Supply extends sponsorship of AJ Foyt Racing
3. Run, walk, wheel-athon returns to streets of St. Pete
4. Event at Dallara facility benefits Graham Rahal Foundation

1. Tracy to be part of Sportsnet's Canadian coverage: Paul Tracy, the 2003 CART champion and native of Scarborough, Ontario, will undoubtedly blend his humor with unvarnished analysis as he joins Sportsnet's broadcasts of the IZOD IndyCar Series at select races this season.

Sportsnet, a Rogers Media company, announced today a five-year agreement with INDYCAR for exclusive Canadian multiplatform rights to IZOD IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights events, beginning with the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 24. Sportsnet will deliver more than 100 hours of racing coverage in 2013 across TV, online and mobile.

Additionally, through Sportsnet's agreement with TVA Sports, the deal also includes expanded French-language race coverage across the same platforms.

"The IZOD IndyCar Series is the ultimate series in auto racing," said Navaid Mansuri, vice president of Finance & Sports Programming for Rogers Media. "We are thrilled to partner with INDYCAR for the exclusive Canadian rights for this series and to deliver coverage of these events to Canadian auto racing fans like they've never seen. This agreement bolsters Sportsnet's diverse portfolio of premium sports assets, content and championship events, as well as furthers Rogers' and Sportsnet's commitment to investing in sports to drive future growth."
Sportsnet, launched in 1998, is comprised of the nationally distributed Sportsnet ONE and four regional channels. All are available in high definition.

Tracy, who is tied with Sebastien Bourdais and Dario Franchitti for seventh on the career victory list with 31, will join the Sportsnet broadcast team that features Canadian Motorsport Hall of Famer Bill Adam, pit reporter Todd Lewis and host Rob Faulds for the broadcasts of the Indianapolis 500, Honda Indy Toronto and a race to be determined.

Through RogersAnyPlaceTV.com, Rogers digital television customers can stream Sportsnet's TV coverage. Rogers wireless customers will have access to streaming and additional sports content on their smartphones with the Rogers Anyplace TV mobile app available through the Apple App Store, Google Play and BlackBerry App World.

Sportsnet's 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series broadcast schedule with channels
Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
Sunday, March 24, noon (ET) -- Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific
Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama
Sunday, April 7, 2:30 p.m. (ET) -- Sportsnet ONE
Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
Sunday, April 21, 4 p.m. (ET) -- Sportsnet East, Ontario, Pacific and ONE
Sao Paulo Indy 300
Sunday, May 5, 11 a.m. (ET) -- Sportsnet ONE
Indianapolis 500
Sunday, May 26, 11 a.m. (ET) -- Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific
Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit - Race 1
Saturday, June 1, 3:30 p.m. (ET) -- City Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver
Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit - Race 2
Sunday, June 2, 3:30 p.m. (ET) -- City Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver
Firestone 550
Saturday, June 8, 8:30 p.m. (ET) -- Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific
Milwaukee IndyFest
Saturday, June 15, 4 p.m. (ET) -- Sportsnet ONE
Iowa Corn Indy 250
Sunday, June 23, 2:30 p.m. (ET) -- Sportsnet ONE
Pocono INDYCAR 400
Sunday, July 7, noon (ET) -- Sportsnet ONE
Honda Indy Toronto - Race 1
Saturday, July 13, 3 p.m. (ET) -- Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific
Honda Indy Toronto - Race 2
Sunday, July 14, 3 p.m. (ET) -- Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific
Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio
Sunday, Aug. 4, 3 p.m. (ET) -- Sportsnet ONE
GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma
Sunday, Aug. 25, 4 p.m. (ET) -- Sportsnet ONE
Grand Prix of Baltimore
Sunday, Sept. 1, 2 p.m. (ET) -- Sportsnet ONE
Shell & Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston - Race 1
Saturday, Oct. 5, 3 p.m. (ET) -- TBD
Shell & Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston - Race 2
Sunday, Oct. 6, 1 p.m. (ET) -- TBD
MAVTV 500
Saturday, Oct. 19, 8 p.m. (ET) -- Sportsnet ONE

2. ABC Supply extends sponsorship of AJ Foyt Racing:One of the longest running sponsorship in the IZOD IndyCar Series will run for at least three more seasons.

AJ Foyt Racing and ABC Supply Co. Inc. have extended their contract through the 2015 season. The relationship between ABC Supply's and motorsports legend A.J. Foyt's racing team is the second-longest in the series.

"We have had such great success with our sponsorship program so far it wasn't a tough decision to keep it going," said David Luck, president and chief executive officer of the company. "One of the core values of our company is to work hard and have fun, and sponsoring A.J.'s team and being a part of the IZOD IndyCar Series has allowed us to entertain a large number of customers and associates across the country giving us an exciting opportunity to do just that."

The Beloit, Wisc.-based company has been an active supporter of the team and of the IZOD IndyCar Series since 2005.

"Personally, I'm thrilled that we're able to continue our relationship with ABC Supply because they have been a very loyal and supportive sponsor, not just of our team but also of the (IZOD) IndyCar Series," said Foyt, whose team is the only one that has competed in every IZOD IndyCar Series event since its inception in 1996. "While they are always professional in their dealings with us, they feel more like family to me. We have a lot of fun at the track and at their company events. Their support has meant a lot to me over the years."
In addition to entertaining associates and customers at race events, ABC Supply maintains two Indy show cars that have made more than 124 appearances at their store events and trade shows and logged nearly 60,000 miles in 2012-a figure that will certainly increase in 2013.

"Being with A.J.'s team gives our guests an up-close and personal experience that can't be duplicated and we are really looking forward to seeing Takuma Sato behind the wheel of the ABC Supply car this year," Luck said. "Takuma joined us on our recent customer cruise and he was great with our guests. It's going to be an exciting and fun year."

3. Run, walk, wheel-athon returns to streets of St. Pete: Registration is now open for The Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation's fourth annual Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg 5K Run, Walk 'N Wheel-a-thon.
This event will take place at 7 p.m. on March 22, as part of festivities surrounding the IZOD IndyCar Series Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Trim Nutrition, an INDYCAR promotional partner and a leader in wellness supplements and sustained energy products, is the presenting sponsor of this event.
"Supporting the community is something that is important to us," said Tim Ramsberger, Vice President and General Manager of the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. "We are happy to open up our race track for this fundraiser; it is a wonderful part of what will be an exciting weekend. We encourage everyone in the Tampa Bay area to sign up and show their support."

All proceeds will benefit SSPF and the PBA/Suncoast Law Enforcement Charities to raise money for paralysis/spinal cord injury research.

Participants will have the opportunity to run, walk or wheel their way around the 1.81-mile street circuit that the stars of the IZOD IndyCar Series will be competing on later that weekend.

"We're pleased with the success that lets us produce the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg 5K Run, Walk 'N Wheelathon for the fourth year in a row," said Ida Cahill, President and CEO of SSPF. "This event provides the community with the unique opportunity to experience the thrill of the Honda Grand Prix from the perspective of the IndyCar Series drivers while at the same time raising money and awareness for a great cause."
To register, please visit http://www.imathlete.com/events/hondagrandprixrunwalkandwheel

4. Event at Dallara facility benefits Graham Rahal Foundation: A tour of the Dallara facility on Main Street in Speedway, Ind., iRacing.com competitions, photos and autographs with drivers and more is part of a special season-kickoff event hosted by Indy Cars and Coffee from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) March 9.

Proceeds from the $10 per-person admission as well as individual donations will be directed to the Graham Rahal Foundation, benefiting Alex's Lemonade Stand and Serious Fun Camps.

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The 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series season opens with the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg March 24 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla. The race will be televised live at noon (ET) by the NBC Sports Network (Verizon FiOS 90/590, DirecTV 220, DISH 159 and AT&T UVerse 640) and broadcast by the IMS Radio Network on SiriusXM and www.indycar.com. The 2013 Firestone Indy Lights season begins March 23 on the Streets of St. Petersburg. The race will be televised by NBC Sports Network at 11 a.m. (ET) on March 24, immediately preceding the IZOD IndyCar Series race broadcast.

 
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