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Rossi Raising Funds for Frontline Workers Heading into Indy 500


AUGUST 19, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS, August 20, 2020 – NTT INDYCAR SERIES driver Alexander Rossi has once again teamed up with TAG Heuer to design his custom Indianapolis 500 helmet. Similar to his helmet design the past two years, the concept combines the world of racing and art. But this year’s theme salutes COVID-19 heroes and frontline workers, and highlights the time and patience everyone is putting towards the efforts.

“With the stress and uncertainty of the pandemic, some days seem to be in slow motion, while others move too fast,” said Rossi. “The body of the helmet incorporates imagery reflecting time, and the diligence and fortitude of people from around the world. And the top of the helmet is a salute to our frontline heroes who have been working tirelessly to keep folks safe and healthy.” 

“It’s an honor to once again collaborate with Alexander Rossi on the special design of his Indianapolis 500 helmet,” said Benjamin Beaufils, President of TAG Heuer North America. “This year’s custom artwork reflects the intersection of timekeeping and racing, and includes a wonderful homage to the frontline workers who have served as heroes throughout the pandemic. While we won’t be able to join Alexander on the ground in Indy this year, we’ll be cheering him on virtually and anticipate an incredible day on the track.”

In addition to the thank-you on his helmet, Rossi is working with friend race photographer Alison Arena of Ignite Media Photo to RAISE MONEY for Gleaners Food Bank in Indianapolis, as well as an organization called Direct Relief that provides aid and medical supplies around the world.

“The funds raised by this initiative will go towards the No One Runs On Empty campaign and its bold goal to provide 10 million meals to those in need,” said John Elliott, President/CEO of Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana. “We’re grateful to Alexander Rossi for thinking of hungry Hoosiers and for recognizing that #NoOneRunsOnEmpty.”

The Indianapolis 500 is typically run on Memorial Day weekend. But with schedule changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 104th running will take place (without spectators) on Sunday, August 23, with coverage beginning at 1 p.m. ET on NBC. Rossi is the 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner and drives the No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS / AutoNation Honda for Andretti Autosport.

TAG Heuer is the Official Timekeeper of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, as well as the 104th Indianapolis 500. The Indy 500 is part of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, the premiere open-wheel racing Series in North America. The race is often referred to as ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing’ and is considered one of the most prestigious motorsports events in the world.

Tony Kanaan Announces 2020 Will Be His Final NTT INDYCAR SERIES Season

INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 30, 2020) – Tony Kanaan’s most emotional moment in his illustrious INDYCAR career came at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2013 when he finally captured the prestigious but elusive Indianapolis 500 crown.

On Thursday at the world-renowned motorsports facility with the Borg-Warner Trophy by his side, yet another emotional scene transpired for the ever-popular 45-year-old Brazilian entering his 23rd season of competition. Kanaan, an Indy 500 winner and 2004 series champion, announced that the upcoming 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season will be his final as a primary driver.

Kanaan is set to compete in the five oval races of the NTT INDYCAR Series season driving the No. 14 Chevrolet for AJ Foyt Racing. He is scheduled to begin his final campaign, which will be called the “TK Last Lap,” with the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Sunday, May 24. Kanaan will then run Saturday night races at Texas Motor Speedway (June 6), Richmond Raceway (June 27), Iowa Speedway (July 18) and World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway (Aug. 22) to close out his final season.

He did leave open the possibility of returning for a future Indianapolis 500, but not for another partial or full NTT INDYCAR SERIES season.

“I look back at all these years racing in INDYCAR and the first thing that comes to my mind is how fortunate I’ve been to be in the top level of the sport for this long. I walked into this sport as a 23-year-old with lots of hopes and dreams and I can say, without a doubt, that I accomplished everything I wanted,” Kanaan said. “I’m 45 now; I have fans, wins, podiums, records, a championship and an Indy 500. I feel and know I can still do this for a long time, but like everything else in life there is also a cycle in racing. For a long time, I’ve been asked when I would retire, and my answer was always the same: The day I wake up in the morning and feel like I can’t do this anymore, that’s when I’m going to retire.

“Unfortunately, there are other things one should take into consideration when planning the future, and probably the most important one is what are the options that are available. For 2020, my best option was to race the five ovals of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES season, the sport that gave me so much and that I will always love. I’m not done with racing, that’s for sure. I decided that this year I would step back a bit and enjoy these five races, have time for my family (wife Lauren, sons Leonardo, Max and Deco, and daughter Nina) and my fans, and also give back to the sponsors that always stood by me.”

Kanaan has amassed 17 wins, 15 pole positions and 78 podium finishes in his 377 career starts, which rank second all-time only to the 407 starts made by the legendary Mario Andretti. He also is the “Ironman” of the sport, holding the active record for most consecutive starts at 317 that began at Portland International Raceway in 2001.

His INDYCAR career began in 1998 with Tasman Motorsports after capturing the Indy Lights championship for the organization the previous year. He achieved success quickly at the top rung of the sport, winning CART Rookie-of-the-Year honors with Tasman that year. In his second season, he earned his first pole position at Long Beach in April and then his inaugural win at Michigan International Speedway in July.

One of his major career accomplishments came with Andretti Green Racing in 2004 when he captured the IRL IndyCar Series championship. He won three races, recorded top-five finishes in 15 of the 16 races and completed every lap on the season en route to the title.

The most significant moment came in 2013 with KV Racing Technology when he won the Indy 500 in his 12th attempt. The average speed of the race – 187.433 mph – remains the fastest Indianapolis 500 in history, and the 68 lead changes also remains a standing record. Kanaan has made 18 Indy 500 starts, with a win, pole position (2005), eight top-five finishes and having led 361 laps.

Kanaan has driven for seven teams in his career, beginning with Tasman Motorsports his rookie season. He followed with Forsythe Racing (1999 when Tasman was sold to Gerald Forsythe), Mo Nunn Racing (2000-02), Andretti Green Racing (2003-10), KV Racing Technology (2011-13), Chip Ganassi Racing (2014-17) and AJ Foyt Racing (2018-present).

In addition to his INDYCAR accomplishments, he added two prestigious sports car championships to his resume. He won the LMP2 division of the 12 Hours of Sebring in 2007 and then captured the overall race victory of the Rolex 24 At Daytona in 2015.

So, what does the future hold for Kanaan?

“For the future, who knows?” he said. “I’d love to still be involved with INDYCAR to some degree. I’ve also had offers to race in a number of different series, but that’s not my priority at the moment.”

Kanaan will be promoting the hashtag “TKLastLap” during the course of the 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season, which opens Sunday, March 15 with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. For announcements and updates on Kanaan’s next steps, be sure to follow his social media channels – @tkanaan on Instagram and @tonykanaan on Twitter and Facebook.

Wasserman Signs IndyCar Driver Santino Ferrucci To Representation Agreement


CARLSBAD, Calif. (November 20, 2018) – Wasserman, a leading global sports and entertainment agency, today announced the signing of 20-year-old Santino Ferucci to a driver representation agreement. A native of Woodbury, Connecticut, Ferrucci will pilot the #19 Cly-Del car alongside veteran Sebastien Bourdais at Dale Coyne Racing in the 2019 IndyCar Series season.

“I like what I see in Santino, both as a young driving talent and as a marketable brand,” said Jimmy Button, Vice President of Motorsports at Wasserman.  “The Wasserman team has a lot of experience in motorsport and I’m excited to see what Santino can do as a young gun in the IndyCar Series next season.”

“I have known Santino and his family since he was 12 years old and I’ve followed his racing career in Europe since the day he left to pursue Formula 1,” added Mickey Ryan, Manager of Motorsports at Wasserman, who will represent Ferrucci. “Santino is a hard-working driver and he returns to America with boundless experience in a race car and with a real technical engineering mindset, which will only help accelerate his learning curve in an IndyCar. He is exactly the kind of talent and personality that the IndyCar Series needs right now and we’re excited to watch him grow into the next great American champion.”

“I am honored to be joining the Wasserman team and I’m really looking forward to this branding and marketing partnership,” said Ferrucci. “As a young driver it’s important that I have a trusted group of people all pulling in the same direction, and to have Wasserman helping me with sponsors and working to market my brand is a good feeling. The 2019 season can’t get here fast enough.”

After spending most of the last decade in Europe pursuing a career in Formula 1 and the last three years as a Haas F1 development driver, Ferrucci returns to the U.S. in 2019 as a full-time IndyCar driver with Dale Coyne Racing. This year, he notched four races in the IndyCar Series, making his debut at the double-header in Belle Isle, followed by season-ending races in Portland and in Sonoma, where he finished in 11th position.

For more information on Santino Ferrucci, visit his website  Or visit his social media channels on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @santinoferrucci.

Stefan Wilson Qualifies 23rd for Second Indianapolis 500 Attempt

Stefan Wilson Qualifies 23rd for Second Indianapolis 500 Attempt INDIANAPOLIS, IND. (May 20, 2018) – In his return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Stefan Wilson starred during qualifying for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500. During yesterday’s Bump Day, the driver of the No. 25 Driven2SaveLives Intelisys Honda qualified 22nd out of 35 cars. Today,…

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Stefan Wilson Announces Hull & Knarr as Indianapolis 500 Sponsor

Stefan Wilson Announces Hull & Knarr as Indianapolis 500 Sponsor

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. MARCH 22, 2018 – British Verizon IndyCar Series racer Stefan Wilson confirmed today an expansion in his partnership with Hull & Knarr LLP, an Indiana based research and development tax credit firm. The firm will sponsor the No. 25 #Driven2SaveLives Andretti Autosport Honda during the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500.

With personal interest in sustainable energy and innovative technology, Wilson’s partnership with Hull & Knarr has been ongoing for the last two years. The move to a formal sponsorship of the Denver, Colo. resident is the culmination of working together on several engineering-based and business-development projects.

“It’s exciting to know that Hull & Knarr’s work helps companies increase their investment in research and development,” noted the 28-year old former McLaren Autosport BRDC award winner. ”Their work enables companies with large engineering and IT departments to put more money back into their research and development programs, which ultimately make the world we live in a better place to be. They’ve already worked with several corporations involved in the Verizon IndyCar Series and I hope this formal partnership will make their awareness even greater. To top it off, they have an amazing group of people that have been so great to work with over the last two years. I’m excited to see where it goes from here.”

Based in Greenwood, Ind., Hull & Knarr also expressed their excitement for the growing partnership, an opportunity that will add value to their business for years to come.

“We are very excited continue our partnership with Stefan,” enthused Brad Ferrell, EVP and Marketing Director for Hull & Knarr. “It’s an honor to call him a brand ambassador and support him in continuing the Wilson legacy in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Stefan’s enthusiasm towards our industry and passion for our brand makes him a perfect fit for Hull & Knarr and the companies we support.  We look forward to making this May an unforgettable one. Hull & Knarr exists to help companies innovate and grow. Our reason for working in motorsports goes beyond our passion for racing. We thrive on helping drivers, sponsors and suppliers recoup expenses related to their development efforts and then show them ways to put those funds back into their race programs.”

Wilson made his Indianapolis 500 debut with Indiana Donor Network and the #Driven2SaveLives campaign in 2016 with KV Racing. The Indy Lights, Formula 3 and Formula Palmer Audi race winner sat out the 2017 Indianapolis 500 to make way for two-time Formula One World Champion, Fernando Alonso, but has reunited with the Indiana Donor Network and the #Driven2SaveLives campaign with Andretti Autosport for the 2018 event. Together, they will promote organ and tissue donation, something that lies close to Wilson’s heart. Stefan’s older brother, Justin Wilson, passed away following an incident at Pocono Raceway in August 2015 and saved five lives as a result of being an organ and tissue donor. Wilson first takes to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway again on May 14.

Lyft and Pippa Mann to Partner at 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500

Lyft and Pippa Mann to Partner at 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., (May 26th, 2016) –  Lyft, the online app based ride sharing transportation network that matches you with local drivers in minutes, is partnering up with Verizon IndyCar Series driver Pippa Mann for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500.

With over 200 drivers scheduled to be working in Indianapolis over Memorial Day weekend, party goers and race fans who sign up for Lyft and choose to ride instead of drive can use the code PIPPA to earn a $50 credit.

“With all of the amazing celebrations going on in Indianapolis for the 100th Running of the race this year, we wanted everyone to have a solution to help them get home safely at the end of the night,” said Mann. “We wanted to take this opportunity to help Lyft activate their “Lyft for Good” program in our community, to help ensure no one feels the need to drive home impaired.”

Working in conjunction with the Speedway Police Department, Lyft will be available for fans as a transportation method to and from Indianapolis Motor Speedway on race day. With sold out grandstands, sold out parking, and 400,000 people expected to be in attendance in the Speedway area, fans are encouraged to seek alternative methods of transportation to minimize delays. Lyft riders will be able to bypass the traffic, and be dropped off and picked up at a set location on Main Street in Speedway as part of a protocol in place with the Speedway Police Department.

Not limited to race fans, the PIPPA code and $50 credit will also be available nationwide for Lyft riders. Mann will race in the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 with a Lyft logo on the #63 Dale Coyne Racing car. The race will air Sunday, May 29th at 12:00PM Eastern on ABC.

The partnership between Mann, and Lyft was facilitated by Berle Smith, and G-Speed Race Management. G-Speed Race Management is proud to bring Pippa Mann and Lyft together to help make the fan’s experience of the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 safer and easier.

Pippa Mann Qualifies for 100th Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., (May 22, 2016) – Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Pippa Mann qualified 25th for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, entering herself into the legendary event for the fifth time in her motorsports career. Racing in the No. 63 Susan G. Komen car, Mann completed her four qualifying laps with an average speed of 226.006 miles per hour on the 2.5 mile circuit.

“I’m just so proud of the whole Dale Coyne Racing team, and of my guys on the 63 car,” said Mann. “From the way we bounced back from yesterday, and a tough situation this morning in warm-up. It feels fantastic to go out there, and be back up to speed when it mattered in our qualifying run. We’ve had such a great car all week, that in different circumstances we would have liked to have gone faster today, but I’m really pleased with our effort, and now we can get back to focusing on our car for the race next weekend.”
A delamination resulted in a rear wing end fence failure in turn two during her first qualifying lap, causing Mann to spin. Despite being able to prevent the car from making heavy contact, the Dale Coyne Racing crew was still faced with overnight repairs to ready the car for day two of qualifying to set the final race starting grid. Continuing issues from the day before resulted in Mann being unable to complete any flying laps in practice. However, after the session the team diagnosed and solved the remaining problems in time for Mann’s car to make it to the front of qualifying line. With no previous time from Saturday, Mann was scheduled to be the first qualifier of the day, and took to the track on schedule at 2:45PM. Her first series of flying laps since Friday saw her qualify the Dale Coyne Racing car supporting Susan G. Komen in 25th for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500.
Mann’s 2016 effort will mark her fourth Indianapolis 500 with Dale Coyne Racing, and her second representing Susan G. Komen. The partnership is part of a greater cause to raise $100,000 for Susan G. Komen, joining in the fight against breast cancer. Funds raised in this year’s efforts via the official Indiegogo websitewill be used for breast cancer care and research.

The 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 will take place Sunday May 29th, and will be broadcasted live on ABC at noon eastern on ABC. For more information, visit

From The Wall to The Pole: James Hinchcliffe comes back all the way

Indianapolis, May 22, 2016 – A year ago there was a horrific crash, followed by doctors and hospitals and months of rehab. Not so in 2016 as James Hinchcliffe came back all the way in a storybook finish Sunday to claim the pole for the 100th Indy 500.

“I came into this month hoping we would have a new story to talk about after what happened  last year, and I think we did it,” he said, moments after doing just that, his Mom and Dad hanging on every word. He edged out Josef Newgarden with his four Q lap average of 230.760 mph. bringing a loud roar from the stands at The Brickyard at the checkered flag. Newgarden was next at 230.648, and veteran Townsend Bell was third at 230.481. 

“The Arrow Electronics car was just an absolute smoke show out there; it was right on the edge,” The Mayor said. “Allen McDonald, all my engineers, did such a great job. . .these guys worked so hard.  Three Schmidt Peterson Motorsports cars in the top 10? It’s incredible.  Now we’ve got the best seat in the house for the start of the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. ”

His pole position was not a surprise, considering James was top qualifier in Saturday’s qualifying session, which meant he would be the last of the Fastest Nine to go on Sunday.

What is it like to walk out knowing you have a car to do it? And that now he’ll be a favorite for the race itself next Sunday.

“It’s crazy. Obviously, this race always has more pressure than anywhere else and, it being the 100th, there’s a little more attention as well. Obviously, we’ve done something right as a team. It’s a long race. Ten miles is one thing. You’ve got to hold your breath for that whole thing. But 500 is a very different deal. You’ve got to be patient. You’ve got to breathe. You’ve got to know when to push and when to relax. At least we’ve got a good starting spot, the best starting spot and we can kind of go from there.”

About his parents: “A year ago, they came here for a very different reason. They were out of the country when I had my accident last year. I can’t imagine what that plane trip must have been like for them. Mom moved in on May 1. She said she wasn’t missing a single minute on track action just in case I tried to kill myself again and luckily that wasn’t the case. We’re here. These two have been everything in my life and my career. I couldn’t have done any of it without them.”

The 200-lap Indy 500, the fifth event on the Verizon IndyCar Series 2016 schedule, will see the green flag come down at 12:19 pm on Sunday May 29. Full qualification results are available on    

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IndyCar Driver Stefan Wilson, Inovateus Solar Join Forces for Indianapolis 500 Effort & Beyond

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (May 9th, 2016)IndyCar driver Stefan Wilson today announced a solar advocacy partnership with Inovateus Solar, a leading Midwest solar developer, contractor, and supplier, in support of Wilson’s entry into the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. The 26-year-old will be competing for the first time in the event when he takes the wheel of the No. 25 Driven2SaveLives-KVRT Chevrolet.

For the past several months, Inovateus has advised Wilson on his #ThinkSolar initiative to spread awareness about the proliferation of solar power throughout the world. Expanding their work together in conjunction with the Indy 500 will bring more attention to the fastest-growing clean energy solution.

“We’ve really found a kindred spirit in Stefan in racing and renewables,” said TJ Kanczuzewski, president of Inovateus Solar. “We couldn’t pass on an opportunity to support him. Stefan’s passion for solar inspires his Indy race fans as well as the Inovateus team, and we wish him the best of luck in this year’s race.”

Stefan echoed TJ’s excitement about joining forces with Inovateus for his debut appearance in the world’s greatest automobile race.

“Having Inovateus Solar onboard represents the culmination of a lot of hard work,” said Wilson. “They’ve been very supportive of my solar campaign, and to have them join us with Driven2SaveLives means a lot. Both causes represent building a brighter tomorrow, innovating new energy solutions, and saving lives. I feel very fortunate to partner with them.”

As part of its solar advocacy support for Stefan, Inovateus will offset the carbon footprint of his Indy 500 campaign through donations of solar lights to African families via and SolarAid.

As for Stefan Wilson, his dream of partaking in the biggest car race of them all is about to come true. He will step into his No. 25 Driven2SaveLives-KVRT Chevrolet for his first practice runs at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 16. Qualifying begins May 21, with the legendary Indy 500 cry of “gentlemen, start your engines” echoing through the Brickyard on May 29.