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INDY SPEEDWAY SOLD!!!

Nov 4  - On May 15th of this year, I put forth a worrisome  
theory that the Hulman family might sell the Indianapolis
Motor Speeedway. (Read
the article.)  I have not seen
anyone else predict this!  I sure didn't expect it to come
true this soon!

But this morning, the Board of Directors of Hulman &
Company will announce the sale of the company and
certain subsidiaries, including the Indianapolis Motor
Speedway, the NTT IndyCar Series and Indianapolis
Motor Speedway Productions (IMS Productions), to
Penske Entertainment Corp., a subsidiary of Penske
Corporation.

While I had worried mightily about who the track would
be sold to.  I can think of few organizations at present that
worry me less than Roger Penske's.  His love of racing
and of the Indy 500 should make him a great owner.

However, he is 82-years-old.  Who will be in charge of
the track and IndyCar when he's not around?!

More news to follow.
UPDATE:  A press conference was held at 11 a.m. today
with
Roger Penske, Tony George and Mark Miles,
IndyCar CEO.

George was emotional as he spoke of his long-time family
businesses being sold off.  He said that he approached
Penske after this year's IndyCar season was over and
asked him about stewardship of the Hulman company.  
It sounded like Penske was surprised, but that he made a
fairly quick decision to proceed.  George said that they
did a good job of keeping this sale a secret up until this
morning.

Penske says he will no longer be in the pit box running his
team and that he will try to avoid any conflict of interest.  
He plans to keep the same management that is in place
now and has no plans to make any changes as of yet.  
He expects to be spending more time in Indianapolis,
though he lives in Detroit.

Since both companies are privately owned, the price being
paid was kept secret.  

Transcript of Press Conference
Roger Penske
Tony George
INDY SPEEDWAY FOUNDERS
SUBSEQUENT BUYERS
WHO COMES AFTER ROGER?

Roger Penske seems like a good choice to lead IndyCar
and the Indy Speedway if you forget he participated in a
coup to bring IMS and the Indy 500 to their knees 24
years ago and thus started the Indycar war that greatly
damaged the sport.  For that matter, the largest teams in
the sport, including Ganassi and Andretti, were all part of
the insurrection.  Do you remember who stayed true to
the Indy 500 and IMS?  A.J. FOYT!  He deserves to be
steward!  It's all about the money of course, and Foyt
doesn't have the Penske loot.

Roger Penske (b. 1937) is reported to be in good health,
minus a kidney.  He is also known as a driven man who
works around the clock.

But he's 82-years-old.  How long will his health hold out?  
How long will it be before someone else is running things?

As it happens, Roger has five adult sons from two wives:
Roger Jr. (b. 1960), Greg (b. 1962), Mark (b. 1976), Jay
(b. 1979) and Blair (b. 1980).

At least some are entrepreneurs and have ties to the auto
industry and motor sports.

Greg is the chairman/CEO of Penske Motor Group which
owns and operates Toyota, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz
dealerships in California and a Toyota dealership in Texas.  
He was the president and CEO of Penske Motorsports,
Inc., which operated racetracks across the country,
including the development of the Auto Club Speedway
(formerly California Speedway) in Fontana, California. He
serves on the Board of Directors for Penske Corporation
(holding company for Penske Automotive Group, Penske
Motor Group, Penske Truck Leasing, and Team Penske).

Roger Jr. also owns dealerships including Penske Honda of
Ontario, L.A., Long Beach, Irvine and Riverside CA.  He
was President of Penske Automotive Group until March
2008.

While Jay did some racing and was a partner in Luczo
Dragon Racing, he started Penske Media Corp in 2004
and has built it up, aquiring Variety, Fairchild Publishing
and Rolling Stone magazine to list a few.

While one of Penske's sons could take over for him, he  
stated in 2013 that his successor will be determined by the
Penske Corp's board of directors.

My fear has always been that the Hulmans might sell the
speedway to some rich foreigners from China or Bahrain,
so I am satisifed with Penske.  It doesn't seem likely that
the Penskes will be selling it off any time soon.
Greg Penske
Mark & Jay Penske
Roger Penske Junior
While trying to find the above information, I came across a surprising amount of wealth and a suprising amount of
secrecy - I found nothing on Blair and this photo of Roger Junior must be from 1980.  I suppose when you're super
rich, it's a good idea to be low key if you can.  Heck, I try to stay low key myself!
MSR Expands to Full IndyCar Season

Nov 8 - Ohio-based Meyer-Shank Racing, with Auto
Nation / SiriusXM, announced they will race in all of the
IndyCar events in 2020 with a technical alliance with
Andretti Technologies.

MSR first competed in IndyCar in 2018 with help from
SPM.  They raced in six events under the name "Michael
Shank Racing."  In 2019 they ran ten IndyCar races and
took on a new partner,
Jim Meyer, the CEO of XM
Radio, thus changing the team's name to "Meyer Shank
Racing."  

The only oval event they participated in either year was
the Indy 500.

Jack Harvey will continue to be their driver for the next
two years.  He is British and raced formula cars in Europe
before coming to America in 2014 where he spent two
years in Indy Lights, racing for SPM.  In 2017 he won the
Indy Light's Freedom 100.  He also gained some IndyCar
experience that year competing in the Indy 500 for
Andretti Autosport and at Watkins Glen and Sonoma for
SPM.

To date, his most impressive IndyCar performance was
this year's IndyCar Grand Prix at Indianapolis where he
finished 3rd in the rain.
Jack Harvey & MSR IndyCar Results
Race
2018
St Pete
Long Beach
Indy 500
Mid-Ohio
Portland
Sonoma
19
17
31
20
13
16
23
12
16
20
16
17
Off course
24
24
33
24
25
25
Qual
Result
Total
Drivers
Note
Race
2019
St Pete
COTA
Barber
Long Beach
Indy GP
Indy 500
Road America
Mid-Ohio
Portland
Lagun Seca
7
23
12
18
3
25
19
9
4
24
10
10
13
22
3
21
15
10
19
19
Contact
24
24
24
23
24
33
23
23
23
24
Qual
Result
Total
Drivers
Note
Legendary Indy 500 Engine Builder
Meyer Dies


Nov 10 -
Louis "Sonny" Meyer Jr., one of the most
accomplished and successful engine builders in Indianapolis
500 history, died Saturday, Nov. 9 in Crawfordsville,
Indiana. He was 89.

Meyer was the son of
Louis Meyer, the first three-time
winner of the Indianapolis 500 as a driver.

Sonny joined Meyer & Drake Engineering shortly after
Dale Drake and Sonny’s father, purchased the “Offy”
engine business from
Fred Offenhauser in early 1946.

In addition to his engineering duties, Sonny also served as
an Indianapolis 500 crew member, becoming a chief
mechanic for the first time in 1958 when
Tony
Bettenhausen
finished fourth after leading the first
Indianapolis 500 laps of his storied career.

When Louis Meyer sold out to
Dale Drake in 1964 to
become a distributor for Ford’s double-overhead-
camshaft V8 racing engine, Sonny relocated to Indianapolis
where he mentored many future chief mechanics during
the next five years.

In 1973, he was the engine man for
Gordon Johncock’s
Indianapolis 500 winning car at Patrick Racing, led by
Sonny’s then brother-in-law
George Bignotti.

It is estimated that Sonny directly prepared 15 winning
Indianapolis 500 engines.

His tenure at Patrick Racing was followed by a stint at
Vince Granatelli Racing and then several more years as
development engineer on John Menard’s potent V6
turbocharged Buicks.

He is survived by his wife, Sue; daughter, Pam; son, Butch;
and stepson, Scott Balch.
Sonny in 1973