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Penske buys INDYCar and IMS

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  1. 375+

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  2. Jack-the-lad

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    I propose that Indycar should get its own forum here, not just random threads. Someone with some pull with the management should suggest it.

    Penske will bring a new era to the series and to the 500 itself. Personally I hope he restores some traditions and eliminates some silly competition rules.
     
  3. Simon^2

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    I haven't followed Indy much since the CART split. I have high hopes for the series and the Indy 500 to return to former glory under Penske.

    Would be pretty cool to have Penske as the forum sponsor!
     
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    As of today, 1/6/2020, the purchase of IMS and the IndyCar series by Penske is official and complete.
     
  5. Simon^2

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    Great news. Looking forward to seeing what Penske has planned!
     
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    One day at a time gentlemen. The damage done in part was because of the current owner of IMS. We shall see if fixing the damage is a priority. We seem to forget the founders of CART and the role they played in the mess that currently is Indy Car.
     
  7. GuyIncognito

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    are there any founders of CART still active in the sport besides RP?

    maybe Foyt?
     
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    There were 18 founding members but I can’t remember who they were. :rolleyes:
     
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    Well Patrick Racing became Ganassi if that counts.
     
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    Andretti went with CART, Foyt tried to stay in both series and ended up in litigation against CART, IIRC?

    He had Texaco at the time and they ended up on Andretti's car.
    Then Joe Jamail destroyed Texaco (as a brand. now owned by Pennzoil).

    Checks and settlements were flying like a snow storm.
    It was "somewhat awkward" to watch Andretti feted as Driver of the Century in VARTS final years racing here. I kept his logo on my car as I cashed the checks from the promoter!

    Houston finally corrected it last year, inducting AJ into our sports Hall of Fame.
    Another big ring....
     
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    Now comes news that Penske wants the Nascar race at Indy to use the road course.
     
  15. lorenzobandini

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    That would be wonderful. :rolleyes: o_O

    Elephants on a donkey trail...... :oops: :(
     
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    Pity all this comes as the Indy Cars have switched over to the aero screens which were seen
    on the cars in testing at Sebring earlier this week.

    Good idea perhaps, but the screens look obtrusive, too overdone? F-1's approach is better
    aesthetically but when I asked Scott Dixon about it at the Bal Harbour Shops Collector's Weekend
    event back in November, he was very enthusiastic about the addition of the extra protection.

    Hopefully, they tweak the appearance of the screens. If Indy Car is going to take it this far, why
    not just have a completely enclosed cockpit a-la boat racing?

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    I get your point about an enclosed cockpit, and I think this may be where all open wheel cars go in the future. You need to remember that this is a retrofit onto the existing DW12 chassis which first raced in 2012. There's only so much that can be done to retrofit onto an existing car.

    Even though the original DW12 body with the rear 'pontoon fenders' behind the rear wheels wasn't popular aesthetically, I can't help think that the aero screen on that design would have looked better.
     
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    sold him a car 15 years ago. He was alright. He put terrible terrible looking wheels on it though
     
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    Here is the Penske plan for the Indy 500, this came out yesterday. https://www.indycar.com/News/2020/02/02-14-Indy500-changes-for-2020

    Indianapolis 500 Purse

    The event purse for the 104th Indianapolis 500 will be the largest in the history of the event. The purse will grow by $2 million to more than $15 million, boosting the prize pool for NTT INDYCAR SERIES teams and drivers.

    Indianapolis 500 Qualifying

    Qualifying weekend for the 104th Indianapolis 500 -- Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17 -- will feature a variety of changes to its format and broadcast to create even more memories and drama.

    Multiple attempts will return to the Last Row Shootout, expanding it to 75 minutes. Previous versions of the Shootout featured one attempt per car. While fans enjoyed that format, feedback indicated they wanted even more drama as drivers try to seize one of the three final spots in the field.

    A boost in turbocharger level will see speeds climb this year during the Indianapolis 500 qualifying sessions. Turbocharger boost will increase horsepower by 45 horsepower this year.

    An expanded weekend TV schedule will ensure NBC televises coverage of qualifications on both Saturday and Sunday, with total network exposure increasing over 2019. Full weekend broadcast details will be released soon.

    New Sponsors

    The NTT INDYCAR SERIES and IMS will add six new major sponsors in 2020. Pennzoil, Verizon, Snap-on Tools, DEX Imaging, Road & Track magazine and Global Medical Response will make significant investments in the racing series and Speedway.

    Multimillion-Dollar Fan Experience Investment

    The 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in 2016 saw large investments made to the Speedway. Beginning with this year’s GMR Grand Prix, fans will experience many new upgrades to IMS. These enhancements are all projects that will be finished before gates open, with several additional opportunities under consideration for future seasons.

    Technology upgrades are a major component of this plan. More than 30 additional large-screen video boards will be added, including 24 along the Paddock seating. The Paddock screens will bring race action and vital information to an additional 25,000 fans. In addition, all seven large infield big-screen monitors will receive a running order addition.

    Another exciting addition is the IMS Media Wall. This video board, measuring 100 feet wide by 20 feet tall, will be installed at the base of the Pagoda facing the Pagoda Plaza as a cornerstone of a plan to transform the popular gathering area for fans. It will also provide data-driven race insights to fans from NTT.

    Verizon and their 5G Ultra Wideband network will transform the iconic Speedway into a first of its kind technology-led entertainment complex. IMS will be the first motorsports facility with commercial 5G service that will enhance both the consumer experience and track operations.

    Infrastructure improvements will be noticeable inside and outside of the fabled, 110-year-old facility.

    Pedestrian traffic on Georgetown Road will be widened by two lanes to make ingress and egress easier for more than half of the venue’s Race Day customers.

    More than 125 restrooms are being renovated inside IMS. New pavement will be added to the Parcel B lot near the IMS Main Gate to improve the parking experience and create a cleaner look for the “front door” of the facility. Approximately 3 miles of fencing will be added to the entire grounds.

    The winning driver and team of the Indianapolis 500, Grand Prix and Brickyard 400 will receive higher honors, as the winner’s car will be elevated to the same level as the Victory Podium after each race. This will give fans a better vantage point for pictures and social media sharing of the most prestigious Victory Lane in global motorsports.

    The atmosphere of the massive facility also will be enhanced through detail-oriented improvements throughout IMS.

    Night light signage will be installed over Gates 1 and 2, while IMS will assume responsibility for the beautification project along Crawfordsville Road. Fans will notice fresh paint and new signage on more than 50 concession stands inside IMS, picnic tables added throughout the grounds for more gathering space for families and friends, and the placement of more than 230 racing-themed flags around the facility and Crawfordsville Road.

    All aspects of this fan experience investment plan are underway and will be completed before IMS gates open for the Month of May on Friday, May 8.
     
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    Renovated restrooms?! No more urinal trough?!
     
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    The Captain is in charge.
     
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    Alas, you put lipstick on a pig and......you still have a pig.

    I'll reserve judgement for the future..... 'See if He (Rogere) rids IndyCar of the spec crapola Dallaras......
     
  23. Turbopanzer

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    Doubtful. Low cost, contrived parity motorsports is now the new standard. The powers that be indicated this many years ago. Now there is no turning back. Want to race in the big leagues? All that is needed is a big checkbook. No talent is required.
     
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    #99 lorenzobandini, Feb 17, 2020
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    Awww, c'mon Tp....
    Ya' gotta make me lose every last ounce.......nay........gram.......of Penske hope I might have??????

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    edit: Siiiigghhhhh. On with the "show"....... Image Unavailable, Please Login
     

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