Nov 3 - Mari Hulman George, former chair of the board
of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, died early Saturday.
She was 83.
Hulman George was IMS chairman from 1988 through
2016. Her father, Anton "Tony" Hulman Jr., purchased
the speedway in 1945 and racing and the facility became a
staple of the Hulman family.
She also fielded an entry in the Indianapolis 500 in 1962
and 1963, with husband Elmer George as the driver. He
finished a career-best 17th in 1962 and received relief help
from Paul Russo and A.J. Foyt during that race.
Hulman George gave the command to start engines for the
Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 from the late 1990s
Born Dec. 26, 1934, in Evansville, Hulman George was a
pioneer female co-owner of a team that raced at the highest
levels of Midwestern auto racing in the 1950s and 1960s.
Hulman George was also known for her philanthropy,
focusing on the arts, health care and, in particular, animal
care. She served on the board for Hulman & Company, IMS
and the IMS Foundation, as well as First Financial Bank, a
publicly traded company headquartered in Terre Haute.
|Most recent news is at bottom of page.
|RIP Mari Hulman George
1934 - 2018
|Elmer and Mari George, May 1957
|Mari George congratulates stepson Ed Carpenter
for qualifying for the 2005 Indy 500.
2019 Indy Lights Prize Packages
Nov 7 - Indy Lights confirmed the prize packages for
A combined $2 million in scholarships and prizes will be
distributed to assist the champion at each level take the
next step up the North American open-wheel racing
The 2019 champion in Indy Lights presented by Cooper
Tires – the top rung of the RTI ladder – will earn $1.1
million dedicated to at least a three-race program in the
2020 IndyCar Series, including an entry in the 104th
The titlist in the Pro Mazda Championship presented
by Cooper Tires receives $596,700, consisting of a
$500,000 scholarship and $96,700 in Cooper tires and
entry fees toward a move to Indy Lights in 2020.
The winner of the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship
next season will graduate to Pro Mazda in 2020, armed
with a prize package of $305,600 that includes a
$250,000 scholarship and $55,600 in Cooper tires and
The value of Indy Lights was typified in this year’s
Indianapolis 500. Twenty-five of the 33 drivers who
competed in “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” had
experience in at least one "Road To Indy" series earlier
in their careers.
Three of the four 2019 IndyCar Series rookies announced
to date have previous RTI experience. Patricio O’Ward,
Colton Herta and Felix Rosenqvist are all Indy Lights
race winners, with O’Ward claiming the 2018 Indy
In 2019, Indy Lights boasts an 18-race schedule, Pro
Mazda has 16 races and USF2000 has 15. All events will
take place on the same tracks where the IndyCar Series
competes, except for the Pro Mazda and USF2000 races
on the Lucas Oil Raceway oval in May.
All three Road to Indy series kick off their 2019 season
with doubleheader race weekends on the streets of St.
Petersburg, Florida, from March 8-10.
Road to Indy Race Series Information
Hot-head Verstappen Throws Away
Victory at Interlagos
Nov 11 - Max Verstappen, 21, started the Brazillian gp
from 5th on the grid today. He passed both Ferraris and
both Mercedes to take over the race lead in his Renault-
powered Red Bull RB14.
Esteban Ocon, 22, coming onto track with new tires,
tried to pass Verstappen in order to unlap himself. He
was in 14th place.
Verstappen was not going to have it and even though
Ocon was beside him, he cut him off in the apex of turn
2. Ocon hit him and they both spun.
Lewis Hamilton went by and would control the lead
until the end of the race. Verstappen finished 2nd.
Ocon was penalized with a 10-second stop and go.
Although Ocon has the right to try and get back on the
lead lap, he certainly should not do it if it means taking the
leader of the race out. Even if Verstappen had given him
room to get by, within a lap or two, Ocon's tires would be
worn enough where Verstappen would have passed him
Verstappen had a lot more to lose than Ocon and should
have remained calm and protected his car instead of
worrying about a back-marker getting by him temporarily.
Verstappen was furious and cursed over the radio. After
the race, during driver weigh in, he confronted Ocon,
who replied that he was faster, according to Verstappen.
These words and his attitude enraged Verstappen and he
began pushing Ocon with one arm. Later in the interview
with the podium drivers, Verstappen called Ocon a pussy.
Verstappen was then penalized with two days of 'public
service' from the FIA.
2019 Carb Day Concert Announcement
Nov 14 - As often happens, the headliner for Carb Day
will be some has-been rock band from the late 70s.
Foreigner will headline the Miller Lite Carb Day Concert
on Friday, May 24, 2019 at the Indianapolis Motor
The concert starts at 3:30 p.m. on the Miller Lite Stage
inside Turn 4 of the IMS oval. An opening artist will be
announced in the coming weeks.
Foreigner's hits were "Juke Box Hero," "Cold As Ice,"
"Hot Blooded," "Waiting For A Girl Like You," "Feels
Like The First Time," "Urgent," "Head Games," "Say
You Will," "Dirty White Boy," "Long, Long Way From
Home" and "I Want To Know What Love Is."
The only original member of the band is Mick Jones.
The lead singer is Kelly Hansen.
Xmas Lights at the Indy Speedway
Nov 16- The holiday season will rev up at the Indianapolis
Motor Speedway on Friday with the opening of the 3rd
annual Lights at the Brickyard.
At the event, guests can drive around a 2-mile course that
features 40 different scenes and dozens of colorful
displays. More than 2.5 million bulbs are used to
illuminate the Speedway grounds and facilities.
The event is open through Dec. 30 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.,
Sunday through Thursday and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on
Fridays and Saturdays.
Guests can purchase tickets at IMS.com. Standard Lane
admission will be $25 per car on Mondays through
Wednesdays and $30 per car Thursdays through Sundays
at the gate. Vehicles with 15 or more passengers will be
charged $50 at the gate, with Standard Lane access.
Standard Lane admission can be purchased only at the
gate, with each admission valid for one drive through the
displays per vehicle.
McLaren Returning to Indy 500
Nov 17 - McLaren Racing, which races in Formula 1,
attempted the Indy 500 in 2017 with F1 driver Fernando
While IndyCar fans hoped McLaren and Alonso would
join Indycar, engine manufacturer entanglements, along
with McLaren's current struggles in F1, prevented that
But the good news is that Alonso will return to drive for
McLaren in next year's Indy 500 and the team will be
known as McLaren IndyCar. The operation will be
separate from their F1 operation. Former Force India F1
team's boss, Bob Fernley, was announced as president of
the team. He will report to Zak Brown, CEO of McLaren
A LITTLE HISTORY....
In 1968, Bruce McLaren with Denny Hulme, made his
only appearance as a driver at Indianapolis. They were to
enter the race driving the previous year’s STP turbine car.
McLaren Racing created their first Indy 500 car in 1970
and won an award for engineering excellence in their drive
to 9th place. The car was powered by a turbo charged
Offenhauser 4 cylinder.
In 1972, Mark Donohue won the Indy 500 driving
McLaren for Team Penske.
Johnny Rutherford won the race for the McLaren team
in 1974 and 1976.
|2017 Fernando Alonso in a McLaren Honda
|1974 Johnny Rutherford won in a Mclaren Offy
Jordan King Will Race in Indy 500
Nov 18 - Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing has announced
Jordan King will make his debut at the Brickyard for the
103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 in 2019.
King made his IndyCar debut with Ed Carpenter Racing in
the #20 entry for 2018, running the road and street courses,
after moving across from Formula 2
The ex-Manor F1 tester scored a best result of 11th in
King has not yet secured a full-time 2019 seat after Ed
Jones secured the road/street course ECR seat, moving
across from Chip Ganassi Racing.
"The aim for the 500 is to prove myself as an oval racer.
I already competed in the road and street courses this year
so now I’ll be looking to impress and expand my CV to
push towards a full-time drive."
Having never competed on an oval before, the British
driver will have to complete the rookie orientation program
ahead of the famous event.
2018 Hypocrite of the Year!
~ Danica Patrick ~
The biggest POSER in motorsports history accused Indy
Car drivers' of posing! Her reasoning was that she didn't
like the all the hours that IndyCar drivers put in to their
sport, nor did she approve of their healthy diet.
That's posing?! It sounds to me like professional athletes
who take their sport seriously...
She said this when comparing IndyCar to Nascar, where
she spent the latter half of her racing career.
Apparently she prefers the more relaxed attitude over in
Nascar, where drivers get drunk and don't work so hard.
It's almost impossible for Nascar drivers to get hurt, even
though they end up in fiery crashes every week, so I
guess their more relaxed attitude is understandable.
Ferruci Gets Full-time IndyCar Seat
Nov 21 - After making a strong impression in four Indy
Car starts this year, Santino Ferrucci will return to Dale
Coyne Racing for the entire 2019 season. The 20-year-
old American will team with veteran Sebastien
Bourdais, the four-time Indy car champion.
Ferrucci made his IndyCar debut in June at Detroit.
He returned for the final two races of the season in
September, at Portland and Sonoma.
Ferrucci, who gained open-wheel experience in Europe
in Formula 3, GP3 and Formula 2, joined Dale Coyne
Racing at Detroit this season when rookie Pietro
Fittipaldi was sidelined after being injured in a sports
car crash in Belgium. Ferrucci drove a third DCR car
alongside Bourdais and Fittipaldi in the final two races
of the season, but he retains his rookie status for 2019.
“We were very happy with Santino’s performances this
season in the races he did with us,” team owner Coyne
said. “He showed a lot of maturity and the desire to
learn and to keep improving. Had it not been for some
unfortunate luck at Portland and again at Sonoma, he
could have picked up even better results than what he
did. We’re very excited to have him back full time in
2019 and seeing how he continues to grow and perform
throughout the season.”
Ferrucci has yet to race on an oval, but he did complete a
rookie oval orientation test at Texas Motor Speedway last
The addition of Ferrucci makes for a potent INDYCAR
rookie class that also includes Marcus Ericsson, Colton
Herta, Patricio O'Ward and Felix Rosenqvist. The 2019
IndyCar Series begins with the Firestone Grand Prix of St.
Petersburg on March 10.
IMS Museum Plans Major Expansion
Nov 23 - The Indy Speedway Museum is being prepped
for a multi-million dollar overhaul that could include
adding a 3-D theater, racing simulators and other inter-
active displays for racing fans.
Museum officials hope the renovation will make the
facility more engaging and better equipped to tell stories
about the area.
Details of the project are still in the early stages, but
preliminary plans call for the addition of two wings and a
partial third floor. The renovation may also include the
installation of see-through flooring so visitors can get a
peek at the secretive collection that's in the building's
"We need to figure out a way for the museum to tell the
stories, not just about racing and this track, but how this
track has had a major impact on the development of
Indianapolis, the state of Indiana, and on automobile
manufacturing and development in this country," said
Betsy Smith, the museum's executive director.
The entire project will likely take five to six years to
complete, according to museum officials. The capital
campaign likely won't launch for another two to three
years. Once construction begins, the museum may be
closed for up to 18 months.
"Every single system in this facility needs to be replac-
ed," Smith said. "We determined that it would be too
difficult to keep it open while we rehabilitated the facility
and made improvements. And it would take the project
a lot longer to be completed."
Museum leaders and local tourism experts hope the work
on the museum will boost the area's overall appeal.
"In terms of attracting visitors and bolstering tourism,
cities lead with what they're best known for," said Visit
Indy Vice President Chris Gah. "Orlando leads with
Disney; we lead with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
and Indianapolis 500."
Pietro Fittipaldi Moves to F1
Nov 27 - Pietro Fittipaldi, the grandson of Emmo,
landed in IndyCar in 2018, where he was to share a car
driving for Dale Coyne Racing.
Unfortunately for him, he suffered multiple leg fractures
in an accident while qualifying for WEC's 6 Hours of
Spa in May.
Fittipaldi returned to IndyCar at the end of July and
raced at Mid-Ohio, Pocono, Gateway and Portland -
where he finished 9th. None the less, Coyne decided to
go with ex-GP2 driver Santino Ferrucci for next year.
Fittipaldi is joining the Haas Racing F1 team next year as
a test driver. Haas team principal Guenther Steiner says
he is impressed Fittipaldi was prepared to sacrifice racing
opportunities in 2019 to become the team’s test driver.
F1's New Crash Bar's Safety Questioned
Nov 27 - Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has criticised the Halo in the wake of Nico Hulkenberg's rollover crash in Abu
Renault driver Hulkenberg was not able to immediately escape from his car during the 2018 finale, exclaiming on the radio:
"Get me out of here, there's fire!" "I could not get out by myself," the German told reporters afterwards. "On the right was
the wall, on the left was the Halo."
The FIA's Charlie Whiting defended the Halo, but Wolff insists the Hulkenberg crash is a concern.
"What worries me is that he did not get out of the car even when he saw the flames," he is quoted by Welt newspaper.
"If something really happens, then we would have to develop a system where a driver can get out of the car."
2016 world champion Nico Rosberg said a rollover crash with fire "is the only flaw, the only vulnerability, with the Halo".
"Basically the safety is much better with it, but perhaps we need to look again," he added.
Rubens Barrichello's Son Joins
Nov 27 - Miller Vinatieri Motorsports, which
previously announced plans for a two-car
operation in the 2019 Cooper Tires USF2000
Championship, named Eduardo Barrichello –
the son of former Formula One and Indy
Car driver Rubens Barrichello – as its second
driver on Tuesday.
Barrichello, 17, will team with Jack William
Miller, the son of former IndyCar driver Dr.
Jack Miller, in the first rung of the Road to
Indy development ladder sanctioned
Barrichello, a resident of Orlando, Florida, is coming off
his first full season in open-wheel racing. Competing in
the F4 United States Championship. The Brazil native
scored four top-10 finishes in 17 races. Prior to that, he
had a six-year career in karting that included numerous
Rubens Barrichello won 11 F1 races in a career that
spanned 19 years from 1993-2011. He also drove in the
2012 Verizon IndyCar Series season alongside longtime
friend Tony Kanaan. Now 46, Barrichello continues
racing stock cars in Brazil and is proud to see his son
carry on the family racing legacy.
“I met Jack during the F4 season and we had an instant
connection,” Rubens Barrichello said. “Jack has a love
and passion for the sport, similar as I do, and combined
that with the love for our kids, it made perfect sense.
We are very excited to enter the USF2000 series and
Road to Indy program as it is the perfect next step for
Eduardo and his racing career.”