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Indy 500 Team Owner, Mechanic Vince Granatelli Dies at 78

INDIANAPOLIS (Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022) – Vince Granatelli (left, above photo), who was a leading mechanic for two notable machines in Indianapolis 500 history and later became a race-winning team owner, died Jan. 22. He was 78.

Granatelli was a member of the famous racing family that made its name through “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” including his father, Andy, the flamboyant owner of the car that Mario Andretti drove to victory in the 1969 Indianapolis 500.

Vince Granatelli first turned wrenches at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1961 as a mechanic on the Novi-powered machines his father brought to the “500” that year. The unique engine growl of the Novi captivated fans for more than two decades.

Granatelli then worked as a mechanic on another one of the most unique cars in Indianapolis 500 history, the turbine-powered machines nicknamed the “Whooshmobile” due to the unique hissing sound of the Pratt & Whitney gas turbine engine.

Parnelli Jones qualified sixth in 1967 in the turbine and dominated the race, leading 171 of the first 196 laps. But a transmission bearing failed on Lap 197, handing the lead and victory to A.J. Foyt.

In 1968, similar late-race calamity struck when Joe Leonard’s rear-engine, turbine-powered Lotus suffered a failed fuel pump driveshaft while leading with nine laps to go.

He also worked on the Eagle-Offy that Graham McRae drove to 16th place and Rookie of the Year honors in the 1973 Indianapolis 500.

Granatelli also worked as a mechanic at various times in STP-sponsored efforts in Formula One during the early 1970s. He left racing along with his family after the 1974 season.

During his time away from racing, Granatelli focused on various business ventures. He owned Pit Stop Service in Southern California, a high-performance garage where he also built high-speed cars. He built a Chevrolet Camaro stock-body passenger car that his father drove a record 242 mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats.

Granatelli returned to racing in 1987 as the owner of Vince Granatelli Racing, which fielded cars in CART painted in a similar day-glo red as his father’s turbine-powered cars at Indianapolis.

Roberto Guerrero won two races driving for the team in its first season of 1987, at Phoenix International Raceway and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Guerrero led the Indianapolis 500 that year with 19 laps to go, but two stalls on a pit stop due to a damaged clutch dropped him out of the top spot. He ended up second behind Al Unser.

Arie Luyendyk earned the team its third and fourth victories in 1991, at Phoenix and Nazareth Speedway.

Statements from Roger Penske, Mark Miles about Passing of Kevin Kalkhoven

INDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022) – Statements from Roger Penske and Penske Entertainment Corp. President and CEO Mark Miles about the passing of Indianapolis 500-winning team owner and motorsports executive Kevin Kalkhoven, who died Jan. 4 at age 77:

“Motorsports has lost one of its true leaders. Kevin Kalkhoven had a great passion for open-wheel racing, and his vision and support helped guide the sport through some turbulent times. As a leader of the Champ Car World Series, Cosworth Engineering and the KV Racing Technology team, Kevin had an incredible impact on INDYCAR. Our thoughts are with the Kalkhoven family and Kevin’s many friends and colleagues that are coping with his loss.” – Roger Penske


“I met Kevin in 2013, and we quickly developed a personal friendship and a lot of common ground in racing. In many ways, winning that year’s Indianapolis 500 with Tony Kanaan must have been the highlight of his racing life. I’m sure he didn’t come back down to earth for many months. Kevin was a colorful, forceful personality who constantly brought new ideas to the table in an effort to grow the sport. I will miss him.” – Mark Miles, President and CEO, Penske Entertainment Corp.

Indianapolis 500-Winning Team Owner Kalkhoven Dies at 77

INDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022) – Indianapolis 500-winning team owner Kevin Kalkhoven, who also played a major role in the reunification of North American open-wheel racing among other racing-related ventures, died Jan. 4. He was 77.

Kalkhoven was co-owner, with CART champion Jimmy Vasser, of the No. 11 Hydroxycut KV Racing Technology-SH Racing Chevrolet that Tony Kanaan drove to an emotional victory in the 2013 Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.

Kanaan’s first Indy 500 win was the highlight of more than a decade of team ownership for Kalkhoven, who fielded teams in the Champ Car World Series and the NTT INDYCAR SERIES for many champions and stars of the sport, including Kanaan, Vasser, Will Power, Cristiano da Matta, Paul Tracy and Sebastien Bourdais. Kalkhoven’s teams – known as PK Racing, PKV Racing and KV Racing Technology – earned seven victories between 2003-16 in major North American open-wheel competition.

Ownership of various racing teams was only part of Kalkhoven’s deep involvement in motorsports that started after a very successful career as a business executive in fiber-optic telecommunications networks and as a venture capitalist.

Kalkhoven, a native of Adelaide, Australia, joined Gerald Forsythe and Paul Gentilozzi to purchase the assets of CART in late 2003 and formed the Champ Car World Series. In November 2004, Kalkhoven and Forsythe bought iconic racing powertrain company Cosworth Engineering from the Ford Motor Company.

In February 2008, Kalkhoven and then-INDYCAR SERIES and Indianapolis Motor Speedway CEO Tony George completed extensive negotiations that reunified North American open-wheel racing after 12 years of two competing series. The final Champ Car race took place in April 2008 at Long Beach, California, an event co-owned at the time by Kalkhoven and won by Power in a KV Racing Technology entry.

Kalkhoven was a noted philanthropist. He served on the board of directors of the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps, which benefits children with serious illness. He also was an avid aviator, with a commercial pilot’s license and experience in a variety of aircraft, including Gulfstream intercontinental jets.

PPG Named Official Paint and Finishing Supplier of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, NTT INDYCAR SERIES

INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, Dec. 13, 2021) – PPG (NYSE: PPG) has reached an agreement to become the Official Paint and Finishing Supplier of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) and the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.

As part of the multiyear agreement, PPG is also the Official Sponsor of Indianapolis 500 qualifying weekend. Drivers will compete for the prestigious Indianapolis 500 pole and one of the coveted 33 spots in the field for “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” during PPG Presents Armed Forces Qualifying on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22 at IMS.

“PPG is one of the most loyal and trusted partners in the history of our sport, and we’re proud to pair IMS and INDYCAR with such an iconic and globally recognized brand,” Roger Penske said. “Like us, PPG is built on quality and leadership in the marketplace with a strong tradition of excellence spanning more than a century. We look forward to seeing and supporting PPG’s sponsorship activation, especially during Indy 500 qualifying weekend.”

“We are excited to continue and further expand our relationship with racing and specifically with the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway,” said Michael McGarry, PPG chairman and chief executive officer. “PPG paints, coatings and specialty materials have been used throughout racing for decades, and now to have them be part of the future INDYCAR SERIES and IMS experience is an exciting opportunity. Our company purpose is ‘to protect and beautify the world,’ and this partnership will provide opportunities to bring this to life in new and colorful ways.”

The partnership revives a relationship between PPG, IMS and INDYCAR that began decades ago. PPG served as the title sponsor of the INDYCAR SERIES from 1980 to 1997. The company sponsored the Indianapolis 500 Pole Award and was an Indy 500 contingency sponsor from the mid-1970s until the late 1990s. PPG sponsored the winner’s trophy for the NASCAR Brickyard 400 at IMS from its inaugural race in 1994 through 2000.

PPG has enjoyed a longstanding relationship with Team Penske in both the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and NASCAR, dating back to 1984 when PPG provided the paint for Team Penske’s numerous race cars. Today, PPG’s involvement with the team includes primary sponsorship of Team Penske’s cars in both INDYCAR and NASCAR.

PPG: WE PROTECT AND BEAUTIFY THE WORLD™

At PPG (NYSE: PPG), we work every day to develop and deliver the paints, coatings and materials that our customers have trusted for more than 135 years. Through dedication and creativity, we solve our customers’ biggest challenges, collaborating closely to find the right path forward. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, we operate and innovate in more than 75 countries and reported net sales of $13.8 billion in 2020. We serve customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets. To learn more, visit www.ppg.com.

We protect and beautify the world is a trademark and the PPG Logo is a registered trademark of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.

Statements from Roger Penske, J. Douglas Boles about Passing of Al Unser

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, Dec. 10, 2021) – Statements from Roger Penske and J. Douglas Boles about the passing of four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser, who died Dec. 9 at age 82:

“We have lost a true racing legend and a champion on and off the track. Al was the quiet leader of the Unser family, a tremendous competitor and one of the greatest drivers to ever race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. From carrying on his family’s winning tradition at Pikes Peak to racing in NASCAR, sports cars, earning championships in INDYCAR and IROC and, of course, becoming just the second driver to win the Indianapolis 500 four times, Al had an amazing career that spanned nearly 30 years. He produced two championships and three wins for our race team, including his memorable victory in the 1987 Indy 500 when he famously qualified and won with a car that was on display in a hotel lobby just a few days before. We were honored to help Al earn a place in history with his fourth Indy victory that day, and he will always be a big part of our Team. Our thoughts are with the Unser family as they mourn the loss of a man that was beloved across the racing world and beyond.” – Roger Penske

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“In the 112 years of racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Al Unser’s career stands out among the others. His four Indianapolis 500 wins and most laps led in the ‘500’ (644) solidify him as one of the greatest of all time. Al achieved his successes competing against many of the best our sport has ever seen, which makes his accomplishments even more impressive. In addition, his quiet and humble approach outside of the car, combined with his fierce competitive spirit and fearless talent behind the wheel, made Al a fan favorite. He will be remembered as one of the best to ever race at Indianapolis, and we will all miss his smile, sense of humor and his warm, approachable personality. Our thoughts and prayers are with Susan Unser, the entire Unser family and all Al’s friends and fans.” – J. Douglas Boles, President, Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Four-Time Indianapolis 500 Winner Al Unser Dies at 82

(Photo Courtesy of Penske Entertainment) INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, Dec. 10, 2021) – Alfred “Al” Unser, the second member of the Unser auto racing dynasty to win the Indianapolis 500 and the second INDYCAR SERIES driver in history to win four times at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, died Dec. 9 at his home in Chama, New Mexico, after…

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2022 IMS Event Tickets On Sale Now

Fans Can Get Best Available Seats at Lowest Remaining Prices for Exciting 2022 Lineup

INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021) – Tickets for marquee events in 2022 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – including the 106th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge and the Brickyard Weekend tripleheader – are on sale now at IMS.com and the IMS Ticket Office.

Visit IMS.com or visit the IMS Ticket Office to buy tickets for 2022 events. The IMS Ticket Office is located on the first floor of the IMS Administration Building at 4790 W. 16th St. in Indianapolis. It’s open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday and can be reached at 800-822-4639 or 317-492-6700.

“We’ve never been more excited to welcome fans back to a full schedule of events,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “The Month of May, including the 106th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge and GMR Grand Prix, and the NASCAR/INDYCAR tripleheader on Brickyard Weekend remain the marquee events on the calendar, but we’re also eagerly anticipating the return of several other premier motorsports events.

“Now is the time to get your seats for next year’s events at IMS. You’ll have the largest selection of tickets available at the lowest prices, especially for the Month of May and Brickyard Weekend. We can’t wait to see all of our fans back home again at the track next year and thank you for your passion for the Speedway.”

Tickets for these events are on sale:

  • GMR Grand Prix: Saturday, May 14
  • Miller Lite Carb Day: Friday, May 27
  • Legends Day presented by Firestone: Saturday, May 28
  • 106th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge: Sunday, May 29
  • Indy 500 Snake Pit presented by Coors Light: Sunday, May 29
  • Big Machine Spiked Coolers Grand Prix: Saturday, July 30
  • Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard: Saturday, July 30
  • Verizon 200 at the Brickyard: Sunday, July 31

Customers also can purchase admission to practice, qualifications and the drivers’ meeting, as well as parking, camping, hospitality and credentials (Bronze Badge, garage passes, pit passes) for these events at IMS.com.

All products are on sale at their lowest remaining prices of the season, with increases coming in 2022. The $4 per-ticket service fee will be waived on each item purchased before Jan. 1.

Kids 15 and under will continue to be admitted free in general admission locations to all 2022 racing events at IMS when accompanied by an adult general admission ticket holder.

Ticket applications are available for USAC Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink. Ticket information for the Intercontinental GT Challenge Indianapolis 8 Hour sports car race and other 2022 events will be provided at a later date.

Statements on Passing of Legendary Racing Journalist Robin Miller

INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021) – Statements from Roger Penske and Mark Miles on legendary racing journalist Robin Miller, who died Aug. 25 at 71:

Roger Penske, Chairman, Indianapolis Motor Speedway

“Racing has lost one of its most well-respected journalists and most beloved personalities. Robin Miller achieved his dream as his lifelong passion for motorsports led him on a path to becoming the premier reporter in open-wheel racing. For more than 50 years, Robin covered the sport he loved with a fierce drive, a great sense of humor and uncompromising honesty. I know that Robin was truly touched by the support he received across the motorsports community over these last few months as he battled his illness. As many of Robin’s friends honored him and his legacy earlier this month when he was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame during Brickyard weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, it was a fitting tribute to his life’s work at the place that meant the world to him.”

Mark Miles, President and CEO, Penske Entertainment Corp.

“My friendship with Robin and appreciation for his talent and work began during his days at The Indianapolis Star. However, our relationship truly grew as I entered the motorsports world and immediately discovered his unmatched passion and energy for our sport and his tremendous dedication to our entire community. Robin was both a true friend and trusted confidant who never shied away from giving his honest opinion and blunt, but often invaluable, advice. Nobody loved racing more, and he was a true joy to work with who left an unforgettable and absolutely unique mark on both INDYCAR and the Racing Capital of the World. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends, along with his loyal and sizable legion of readers across the world. There simply won’t be another Robin Miller, and he will always hold a place in our hearts.”

Tomorrow at the Track: Sunday, Aug. 15

INDIANAPOLIS (Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021) – Information about the Verizon 200 at the Brickyard Sunday, Aug. 15 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

SCHEDULE: (All times local)

8 a.m.-4 p.m.: Public Gates Open

9:05-10 a.m.: Verizon 200 at the Brickyard (NASCAR Cup Series) Qualifying

1 p.m.: Verizon 200 at the Brickyard (82 laps)

4 p.m.: Public Gates Close

TICKETS: $40 for General Admission seating for Verizon 200 at the Brickyard. Flex seating locations are available for $55 per adult. Children 15 and under are admitted free with paying adult in General Admission and Flex seating locations. Reserved seats start at $50.

PUBLIC GATES OPEN (8 a.m.): Gate 1, Gate 2, Gate 3, Gate 6S, Gate 6N, Gate 7S, Gate 7 Vehicle, Gate 9, Gate 10, Gate 10A, Gate 11A

STANDS OPEN: General Admission: Oval Turn 2 Mounds, Hulman South Mounds, Hulman North Mounds, and Oval Turn 4 Mounds. Flex: Southwest Vista (1-10), H Stand (1-6), Northwest Vista (16-20) and Tower Terrace (75-79). Reserved Seats: A Penthouse, B Penthouse, B Stand, E Penthouse, E Stand (1-24), H Stand (7-24), J Stand, Paddock Penthouse (1-30), Northwest Vista (1-15), Northwest Vista Deck, Southwest Vista Deck, South Vista Deck, South Vista (1-5), Southeast Vista, Southeast Vista Deck, South Terrace, South Terrace – East, Tower Terrace (37-57).

PARKING: Free parking is available in Lot 7 (North 40). Race fans must enter through Gate 10 from 30th Street. Paid parking is available in Lot 1B, Lot 2, Lot 3G and Main Gate for $20, Turn 3 Infield (pre-paid) for $25, Lot 6A for $40 and Gate 1 for $75.

TRANSPORTATION: Rideshare drop off/pick up location: 16th and Polco Street (Main Gate East).

IMS MUSEUM HOURS: (8 a.m.-4 p.m.) Admission is $15 for adults, $14 for guests over the age of 62 and $8 for guests ages 6-15. Children 5 and under and Museum members are free. Race fans can walk to the IMS Museum from the Speedway’s infield.

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES: (Fourth floor of Media Center unless otherwise noted)

8:35 a.m.: Verizon 200 at the Brickyard Qualifying Media Bullpen (NASCAR Hauler, Gasoline Alley)

  • NASCAR Cup Series drivers outside the top 15 will be available at the NASCAR Cup Series Conference Hauler in the garage 30 minutes before the start of the NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying.

Post-race: Verizon 200 at the Brickyard Media Bullpen (Pit Road)

  • The second- through fifth-place finishers in the NASCAR Cup Series race, along with the top story, will be available on pit road after the race.

Post-race: Verizon 200 at the Brickyard Press Conference

  • A press conference with the winning driver, crew chief, and team owner/leadership representative will take place immediately after the winner’s ceremonies end at Victory Podium.

All day: Vaccination Clinic (IMS Gates 1, 6, 9)

  • In partnership with IU Health and the Indiana Department of Health, COVID-19 vaccinations will be available at Gates 1, 6 and 9. Fans should look for first-aid stations with signage. Vaccinations will be available during all hours that gates are open, with the two-shot Pfizer and the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccinations available.

INDYCAR Pole Qualifying and Xfinity Practice on Frenetic Friday

O’Ward Wins INDYCAR Pole, Cindric Leads Xfinity Practice on Frenetic Friday

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, Aug. 13, 2021) – It was a jam-packed opening day to Brickyard Weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday, with both the NASCAR Xfinity Series and NTT INDYCAR SERIES on the IMS road course.

The day was headlined by NTT INDYCAR SERIES practice and NTT P1 Award qualifying to set the field for Saturday’s Big Machine Spiked Coolers Grand Prix (12:30 p.m. ET, live on NBCSN and the INDYCAR Radio Network).

In an exciting last-second run and by the narrowest of margins, Pato O’Ward scored his third NTT P1 Award for pole position this season and will lead the field to green in tomorrow’s race. His best lap time of 1 minute, 10.7147 seconds in the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet came in the closing seconds of the Firestone Fast 12 and knocked Will Power off the top spot by .0067 of a second.

“I was surprised when I heard P1,” O’Ward said. “I came in and I saw the Pylon, my number didn’t get bumped down. I think I nailed it, honestly. I thought it was a very put together, very calm lap. There’s definitely been a lot crazier laps in my life.”

Four-time IMS road course winner Power was second at 1:10.7214 in the No. 12 Verizon 5G Team Penske Chevrolet, and the polesitter for May’s GMR Grand Prix, Romain Grosjean, was third at 1:10.7418 in the No. 51 Nurtec ODT Honda. Christian Lundgaard, in his debut NTT INDYCAR SERIES race, qualified fourth at 1:10.7433 in the No. 45 Mi-Jack Honda, and Colton Herta was fifth at 1:10.7631 in the No. 26 Gainbridge Honda.

Series leader Alex Palou qualified sixth at 1:10.8290 in the No. 10 NTT DATA Chip Ganassi Racing Honda.

The early evening qualifying session threw NTT INDYCAR SERIES athletes a curveball. Group 1 of the first round of qualifying was run in the heat of the bright sun.

When Group 2 took over, cloud cover cooled the track, but it still proved to be challenging for even the best athletes. As time expired in the session, six-time and defending NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion Scott Dixon spun exiting Turn 10. He lost his quickest lap of the session for causing a local yellow that affected another competitor. He starts 26th in the No. 9 PNC Bank Grow Up Great Honda.

Between INDYCAR practice and qualifying, the NASCAR Xfinity Series field took to the IMS road course for the one and only practice session of the weekend in preparation for Saturday’s Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard (4 p.m. ET, live on NBCSN).

Team Penske driver Austin Cindric, the defending NASCAR Xfinity Series champion, put together the best lap time of the session in the No. 22 PPG Ford at 1:32.276.

“It obviously tells us we have speed,” Cindric said. “But we have 150 miles in the Pennzoil 150 to get through, so hopefully we can have the same speed tomorrow in the PPG Ford Mustang. If I’ve learned one thing racing in NASCAR, it’s that practice doesn’t matter in the slightest, but the guys have worked hard, and I’m glad to show it.”

JR Motorsports rookie Sam Mayer followed in second at 1:32.459 in the No. 8 Chevrolet, while Winamac, Indiana, native Justin Haley was third at 1:32.601 in the No. 11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet.

Kevin Harvick, the winner of the last two Brickyard 400s, was fourth fastest in the No. 99 Unibet Official Sportsbook Chevrolet at 1:32.689, and AJ Allmendinger, who finished seventh in the 2013 Indianapolis 500, was fifth in the No. 16 Hyperice Chevrolet at 1:32.709.

Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge veteran Sage Karam impressed in the first practice session of his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut. He posted the 12th-fastest lap time of the session at 1:33.281.

If race fans thought Friday was an action-packed day of racing, they’re in store for even more thrills Saturday at the Racing Capital of the World. It all starts at 8:45 a.m. (ET) with INDYCAR warmup before NASCAR Xfinity Series qualifying at 10 a.m. ET.

The stars of the NASCAR Cup Series will take on the 14-turn, 2.439-mile IMS road course at 11 a.m. for the first time ever with the only practice session for Sunday’s Verizon 200 at the Brickyard.

Then, the action heats up with the Big Machine Spiked Coolers Grand Prix at 12:30 p.m. ET, followed by the Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard at 4 p.m. ET. Tickets are still available at IMS.com or by walking up at the gates.

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