Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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The Racing Capital of the World will welcome a new race to the track in 2021.

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Japanese IndyCar driver Takuma Sato took the checkered flag to win the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500. But instead of the roar of the crowds to celebrate the moment, it was just the humming of engines.

Takuma Sato Wins Second Indianapolis 500

Aug 24, 2020
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Takuma Sato won the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 Sunday. Sato returned to victory lane after winning the “Greatest Spectacle In Racing” in 2017.

Indy 500 Officials Comment On The Upcoming Race

Aug 21, 2020
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The 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 is days away with final preparations being made for the “Greatest Spectacle In Racing.” Race officials are encouraging fans to stay home and watch the race on television.

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Drivers will begin practicing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway next week for the “greatest spectacle in racing,” knowing that come race day the stands won’t be packed with people.

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The Indy 500 will run without people in the stands this year. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced the decision Tuesday, reversing previous plans to maintain some attendance during the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Indianapolis 500 will look a little different this August with reduced fans and other health precautions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the race is still expected to draw in more than 50,000 spectators.

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The Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) announced Tuesday fan attendance will be further limited to the Indy 500.

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The Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) is scheduled to host an additional IndyCar race this fall.

Indianapolis is one of the first cities in the United States to pilot 5G wireless services and now the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will become the first motorsports facility with the capability.

At the Cybertech Midwest conference in Indianapolis Wednesday, the NCAA, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Pacers Sports and Entertainment detailed how they focus on cybersecurity. 

Simon Pagenaud celebrates at the yard of bricks after winning the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 26, 2019. (Doug Jaggers/WFYI)
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Frenchman Simon Pagenaud won this year’s Indy 500, getting to kiss the bricks at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Program Embeds Medical Residents At Speedway

May 20, 2019
Resident Drew Lowry and IU Health Dr. Geoffrey Billows at the emergency medical center at IMS. (Jill Sheridan IPB News)
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During the month of May, medical residents from across the country are in Indianapolis for a program at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  The program offers a chance to train two sides of emergency medicine.

Will Power Wins Indy 500 For The First Time

May 28, 2018

The 102nd Indianapolis 500 – "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" – left fans on their toes until the very end Sunday, with a new face added to the list of winners.

With several veteran drivers crashing at the brickyard, it came down to the last four laps before Australian Will Power with Team Penske Chevrolet took the lead and didn’t give it up.

“It’s funny, you forget where you are, you’re so immersed in the race, that you don’t even realize,” Power says. “Like on the white flag lap, I started screaming because I just knew I was going to win it.”

A new test to determine if drivers have suffered a concussion is now required at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 

The so-called "goggle test" was recently approved by the FDA.

The I-Portal Portable Assessment System, or I-PAS looks a lot like a virtual reality device. The eye tracking computer test adds to INDYCAR’s concussion evaluation protocol says INDYCAR medical director Geoffrey Billows.   

"A little more accuracy and sensitivity to our evaluation and to help us perhaps diagnose concussions that may have a more subtle presentation," says Billows. 

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INDIANA - Northwest Indiana is being featured as one stop in the Brand USA MegaFam tour.  Katie Holderby, Executive Vice President of the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority says the trip is a familiarization tour of the Midwest.  

"So the tour is through Brand USA and its tour operators and travel agents from the UK and Ireland and they are starting in Pennsylvania then coming into Indiana doing several major attractions in Indianapolis and then traveling north, on route to Chicago they're stopping at Albanese Candy to tour that facility"  Holderby says.