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Rinus VeeKay and Ed Carpenter Racing announcement notebook

By Steve Wittich Before his first full Road To Indy Presented by Cooper Tires season, Rinus van Kalmthout shortened his name. The first iteration was Rinus VK before the more familiar Rinus VeeKay was chosen. I always use Rinus van Kalmthout (VeeKay) on the first mention. VeeKay made his American debut at the Circuit of...

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Indy Lights vice-champion Rinus van Kalmthout joins Ed Carpenter Racing for a full season in 2020

Source: Team PR RINUS VEEKAY SELECTED BY ED CARPENTER RACING TO CONTEST FULL 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES SEASON 19-Year-Old Dutch Driver Joins ECR Full-Time in the No. 21 Chevrolet (INDIANAPOLIS) November 20, 2019 – Ed Carpenter Racing announced today it will welcome Rinus VeeKay as the full-time driver of the No. 21 Chevrolet for the […]

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The Board of Directors of Hulman & Company are announcing the sale of the company and certain subsidiaries, including the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the NTT IndyCar Series and Indianapolis Motor Speedway Productions (IMS Productions), to Penske Entertainment Corp., a subsidiary of Penske Corporation

The Board of Directors of Hulman & Company are announcing the sale of the company and certain subsidiaries, including the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the NTT IndyCar Series and Indianapolis Motor Speedway Productions (IMS Productions), to Penske Entertainment Corp., a subsidiary of Penske Corporation

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COTA Announces AutoNation INDYCAR Challenge on April 24-26

CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS WELCOMES AUTONATION INDYCAR CHALLENGE APRIL 24-26, 2020 Continuing its commitment to bring the most exciting race and entertainment experiences to Austin, Circuit of The Americas (COTA) is proud to partner with AutoNation to announce the AutoNation INDYCAR Challenge on April 24-26, 2020. COTA will also be a part of AutoNation’s DRV […]

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Second IndyCar Opportunity for Rinus VeeKay

Second IndyCar Opportunity for Rinus VeeKay INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (October 10, 2019) – Just a month after Rinus VeeKay’s dominant display at Laguna Seca to cap off the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires season, the 19-year old will again have an opportunity to sample Indy car machinery. The Dutchman will get a second test outing with Ed...

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INDYCAR, IMS Tap Schafer Condon Carter to Create National Brand Campaigns

INDYCAR, IMS Tap Schafer Condon Carter to Create National Brand Campaigns     Chicago Cubs and Indiana Pacers among Clients of Award-Winning Chicago-Based Agency INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019 – INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway have named Chicago-based Schafer Condon Carter (SCC) as their comprehensive creative agency of record, charged with developing aligned national promotional […]

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Aeroscreen test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway part 2 – strength, handling, cooling, safety and Steve’s thoughts

By Steve Wittich I’m back with a few more points of emphasis from today’s Aeroscreen test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. So just how strong is the titanium structure that provides the backbone of the Aeroscreen? According to Andy Damerum, Commercial Development Officer of Red Bull Advanced Technologies, the force the hoop can take is...

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Aeroscreen testing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – a quick recap and boost increase?

Aeroscreen testing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – a recap of the day – more boost for qual? By Steve Wittich Before the cars headed out on the track to test the next generation of INDYCAR cockpit protection, tire draggers were utilized to try and help rubber in the 2.5-mile oval a little quicker. It...

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End of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series Season post #1 – a personal note from Steve and the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series by the numbers

By Steve Wittich We’ll start this update off in the most Steve way possible. With a lot of numbers gleaned from the different databases I keep. 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season by the numbers Races – 17 Total race miles – 3990.305 Total miles in all official race weekend sessions – 175736.026 Average entries per...

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Rahal Finished 12th in the Firestone Grand Prix and 10th in Series Standings; Sato Dropped to a Ninth Place Rank After Being Hit and Finishing 21st

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey – WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca NTT IndyCar Series RACE NOTES/QUOTES – September 22, 2019 RAHAL FINISHED 12TH IN THE FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF MONTEREY AND 10TH IN SERIES STANDINGS; SATO DROPPED THREE PLACES TO END THE SEASON RANKED NINTH AFTER HE WAS HIT IN THE RACE AND […]

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