News for the Week of March 26 – April 1, 2018

Fuzzy’s Vodka announces 2018 Indy 500-themed commemorative bottles – Fuzzy’s Vodka has continued their annual tradition of an Indianapolis 500 Mile Race-themed bottle for 2018 and has revealed a total of five bottles in honor of A.J. Foyt. Check them out at the link. – Fuzzy’s Vodka – (3/30/2018)

Binder adds Belle Isle to Juncos plans – Rene Binder told he will race for Juncos Racing in the double header at The Raceway at Belle Isle Park. That brings Binder’s season total to six races. Full story at the link. – – (3/28/2018)

ECR reveals Danica’s Indy 500 livery – Ed Carpenter Racing has revealed the GoDaddy livery to be featured on their No. 13 car for Danica Patrick in the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. See the livery on our No. 13 livery page here. – Ed Carpenter Racing – (3/28/2018)

Miller’s Mailbag 3/28/18 – RACER’s Robin Miller’s weekly fan Q&A is a great read as always. – RACER – (3/28/2018)

Trackside podcast 3/27/18 – 1070 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 3/27/18 is a great listen as always. Paul Tracy is a guest on the show. – 1070 The Fan – (3/28/2018)

ECR unveils new PFS livery for Pigot for four races – “Preferred Freezer Services announced today a continuation of their partnership with Ed Carpenter Racing for the fifth consecutive year. ECR’s No. 21 Chevrolet will showcase the classic blue and white Preferred Freezer Services colors at four Verizon IndyCar Series races this year, including the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500.” See the livery on our No. 21 livery page here. Full release at the link. – Ed Carpenter Racing – (3/27/2018)

Andretti announces Military to Motorsports livery for Rossi at Phoenix – “Red, white and blue will paint patriotism on the No. 27 car of Alexander Rossi for the upcoming Phoenix Grand Prix at ISM Raceway as returns as primary sponsor for the 250-lap race. Military to Motorsports will use the first oval race of the Verizon IndyCar Series season to showcase the program, seeking to attract military Veterans toward joining the fast-paced world of motorsports.” See the livery on our No. 27 livery page here. Full release at the link. – Andretti Autosport – (3/27/2018)

Belardi announces Freedom 100 entry for USAC star Windom – “Belardi Auto Racing, in partnership with long-time Indy 500 entrant Jonathan Byrd’s Racing and sprint car mainstays Baldwin Brothers Racing, is excited to announce that 2017 USAC National Sprint Car Champion and 2016 USAC Silver Crown Champion, Chris Windom, will be participating in the 2018 Freedom 100 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Windom will be making his first Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires start, piloting the #33 Belardi Auto Racing with Byrd & Baldwin Dallara IL-15 at the famed oval.” Full release at the link. – Belardi Auto Racing – (3/27/2018)

Roadster Era To Be Celebrated on Legends Day at IMS – “The rich heritage of the magical Roadster Era at the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil will be celebrated through a variety of activities on Legends Day Honoring the Roadster Era presented by Firestone on Saturday, May 26 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. One of the most beloved car styles in “500” history will enter the spotlight on center stage just one day before the sleek, new-look Verizon IndyCar Series car makes its highly anticipated debut in “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” on Sunday, May 27. Activities on Legends Day Honoring the Roadster Era presented by Firestone include a roadster display and track laps by many roadsters. Drivers in roadsters won every Indianapolis 500 from 1953-64 on Firestone tires.” Full release at the link. – IMS – (3/26/2018)

Telitz working hard to raise money for new car – Belardi Auto Racing’s Aaron Telitz has been working hard to raise money to purchase a new Indy Lights car after his was destroyed in a qualifying crash on the Streets of St. Petersburg. He tweeted on Sunday that 100% of his merchandise sales will go towards the purchase of a new car. Check it out at the link. – Aaron Telitz – (3/26/2018)

SPM announces Howard to drive No. 7 car at Indy 500 – “Verizon IndyCar Series team Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) announced today that INDYCAR veteran Jay Howard will return to the team to compete in this year’s Indianapolis 500. The effort will be, for the second year, in partnership with One Cure, an organization deriving from the Flint Animal Cancer Center at Colorado State University which brings awareness to comparative oncology – the researching and studying of cancer and treatments across different species. The partnership was made possible with great thanks to a benefactor who believes in One Cure. The No. 7 One Cure Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda piloted by Howard becomes SPM’s fourth entry into this year’s 102nd running of the ‘Greatest Spectacle in Racing’.” See the livery on our No. 7 livery page here. Full release at the link. – SPM – (3/25/2018)

INDYCAR postpones IMS oval tests – “Expected inclement weather has forced the postponement of the Verizon IndyCar Series testing for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil to Monday, April 30 through Wednesday, May 2 on the 2.5-mile oval at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Manufacturer testing, INDYCAR Open Testing and Indianapolis 500 Rookie Orientation Program and Refresher Testing on the oval initially were scheduled for Tuesday, March 27 through Thursday, March 29 on the IMS oval. High temperatures in the low 50s and a strong probability of rain are forecasted for next Tuesday through Thursday in Indianapolis.” Full story at the link. – INDYCAR – (3/25/2018)

INDYCAR announces 3 year deal with NBC Sports Group – “INDYCAR will significantly increase exposure for the Verizon IndyCar Series beginning in 2019 through a media rights package announced today with NBC Sports Group. The multiyear deal will put eight Verizon IndyCar Series races, including the 103rd Indianapolis 500 and its qualifications, on NBC next year. This is an increase from five races on broadcast television this year. The rest of next year’s Verizon IndyCar Series races will air on NBCSN, which has seen its average viewership of INDYCAR races increase by 78 percent over the past four years. Dates, times and networks for next season will be announced at a later date. In a first for INDYCAR, an extensive amount of Verizon IndyCar Series content will be provided through NBC Sports Gold, a leading direct-to-consumer product. Subscribers will be able to choose the content they view and how and when they access it. Either at home or at the track, the service will provide feeds not available on any other platform, including practice and qualifying sessions not televised live. Fans will also be able to watch Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires races and programming such as INDYCAR’s postseason championship celebration, Miller Lite Carb Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and additional ancillary programming.” Full release at the link. – INDYCAR – (3/21/2018)

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