Hulman-George Family Statement on Passing of Jim Nabors

Hulman-George Family Statement on Passing of Jim Nabors
November 30, 2017 | By Indianapolis Motor Speedway
A statement from the Hulman-George family, owners of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, about actor and entertainer Jim Nabors, who died Thursday, Nov. 30 at age 87. Nabors sang a beloved rendition of “Back Home Again in Indiana” 36 times between 1972 and 2014 during pre-race ceremonies for the Indianapolis 500:

“Jim Nabors was such a kind, caring man, and we will miss him greatly. Jim was born in Alabama, but he became a Hoosier to all of us almost immediately after he began his superb performances of ‘Back Home Again in Indiana’ starting in 1972. He loved coming back home to the Speedway almost every May for more than 40 years and seeing his friends and race fans, who loved him dearly. Jim was not only a treasured friend, but truly a cherished member of our family. We will never forget his genuine kindness, sincerity and loyalty. He was wonderful man who inspired millions of people across the globe every May and throughout his entire life.”

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FROM THE EYES OF A REAL FAN

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Indianapolis- So it’s been so much fun covering the month of May here at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Its qualifications weekend and and we are under a rain delay. So I thought this was the perfect time for this story.

As you know what we always say over on the Balance Radio Show. “This is the ONE place where fanatics can come together and talk about their favorite teams. The Balance brings you an analytical breakdown of sports from a Fans point of view.”

So often we get caught up in the media side and forget our own slogan. So when I came across a “MEGA” Indy Car Fan, and not only a Indy Car Fan but the biggest Helio Castroneves fan it gave me an awesome opportunity to make slogan a reality… I would like to introduce you to Shelby Bohmer!

I asked Shelby to tell me about being such a huge Helio fan. I wanted her to tell her story in her words…. so here ya go.

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A FAN’S LOVE FOR RACING: HOW ONE PLACE & ONE MAN STARTED IT ALL…

Sports…they’re activities that push athletes physical, mental, & emotional abilities with a competitive spirit and a strong sense of determination. Such mindsets and abilities fuel their senses-a fuel so powerful it leads toward success in climbing the “athletic ladder.” One sport requires 1 man or woman to put their trust in not just man, a team, or themselves, but also in machine, a machine in which they are the “pilot” of…a full on battle of Man VS Machine. It’s a machine designed to make any person see that speed has no limits. These machines rage at over 200+ miles per hour, are open-wheeled, run on pure ethanol, and are ready for people to experience one of the most “thrilling rides” ones eyes can behold. Have I peaked your interest yet? Keep Reading On To Hear My Story…
I, Shelby Bohmer, live in the Hoosier state of Indiana. If you’re a true race fan, one would know that Indiana is home to racing’s “Grand Cathedral, the “World’s Greatest Race Course.” This is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. I grew up in a family that through the generations loved racing and the biggest event ever held at that grand 2.5 mile oval of glory, the Greatest Spectacle in Racing…the Indianapolis 500. Being in a race-loving family, I often heard stories of past legends of four-time winners Al Unser Sr., Rick Mears, & A.J. Foyt, among others like Johnny Rutherford, Bobby Unser, and Mario Andretti. On Memorial Day weekend we’d all listen and watch both the radio and T.V. broadcast of the race.
Knowing my family racing background, I found it was time I found out for myself what this place and racing was really all about. I was 16 years old when my step-dad took my mom and I to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a day of practice in May of 2009. Just seeing the place from a distance gave me chills and goose bumps, or should I say “race bumps!” The sights, sounds, and smells of the place made me feel like I was in a whole other universe-which I was; I was at “The Racing Capital of the World.” Race Fans were everywhere getting pictures, autographs, and seeing all the action of those glorious speed demons we call race cars. Now I could see what everyone means by IMS changing you when you visit such a place of immense history, tradition, and legacy. Since I was starting to gain a liking in the sport, it was time to choose who I thought would be my favorite driver. I noticed that the one driver I wanted to know more about happened to be driving my favorite number, 3. 3 has a significance knowing I was born on a “3” on my birthday. Therefore, I asked my mom and step-dad about the man who drove the #3 car. They told me all about how he had back-to-back wins, the 2 years a rising-star and Brazilian won as a Rookie in 2001 (Rookie of the Year) & again in 2002, how he climbs the fence with his victories, and how he overcame adversity to be able to come back and race again when his career and life were on the line that year, this driver being Helio Castroneves. I was inspired by what he had accomplished so far in his career and what he overcame, loved his race number, and saw how good he was to his fans. To add in a little humor, he isn’t too bad to look at either. 😉 In that moment I thought that he might just be “the one”, my favorite driver in my new favorite sport.
It’s race day for the 93rd Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 24th, 2009. I was in my living room ready to cheer Helio on as he raced with 32 other drivers looking for glory-Helio looking for win number 3. The excitement and intensity built as each lap came and went, when in one BIG moment, Helio made a pass around New Zealander Scott Dixon for the lead! I was shouting and jumping up and down like crazy! Each lap winded down until the moment came; the announcer Mike King said, “Open the Door to the 3-Time Winners Club; there’s a brand new member, and his name is Helio Castroneves!” To see his pure joy, passion, and emotions pour out that day made me realize I knew my gut instinct was right. I had chosen the right driver for me. Not only had I chosen a winner but also I had fallen in love with the man and driver who is Helio Castroneves.
The next year following Helio’s 3rd win at IMS, 2010, continued to grow my love for him and the sport. That year I attended IMS Pole Day to witness Helio gain his 4th Indy500 Pole (his previous 3 being in 2003, 2007, & 2009) with an average speed of 227.970mph. I also went to IMS Community Day to attend his book signing (his book entitled: ‘Victory Road: The Ride of My Life’) where I had one of my first up-close and personal moments with Helio. IMS even posted a picture of our meeting on their website. The next year (2011) went by and so did another season now leading into the next season in 2012-the BIG year that changed EVERYTHING.
It was that time of year again, a new race season in 2012. Helio opened up the season in St. Petersburg, Florida with a win and a touching tribute to the late Dan Wheldon. The season rolled on to the the time when racing came to town in Indianapolis for the “Month of May.” That year was my first time to ever have a bronze badge garage pass. Walking into the paddock gave me a behind the scenes look of how the sport fully ran. I couldn’t believe how much it really took with the mechanics feverishly working to make a perfect car set up, drivers out and about signing autographs for fans, cameras clicking for pictures, and interviews galore for the media. Being that up close & personal with the race world got me hooked for life, as we all are a part of one big race family. That was the first year that started a now up to 2017 6 year tradition of getting a picture of Helio and I together at IMS and having him sign each picture. That was also the year I noticed Helio was on social media with Facebook & Twitter, so I decided to “like” his Facebook page as well as give him a follow on Twitter to support him and follow along with the rest of his 2012 season, where him and I did a bit of interacting throughout it.
That season for Helio ended with him in 4th place in the championship. Now, what to do to help the off-season go quicker…any ideas? I had one up my sleeve, as an immediate light bulb came on inside my head. Feeling inspired by Helio’s 3 Indy500 wins, I wanted to make a tribute to commemorate them. After working hard on the video for a good couple weeks or better, the final product was ready to be released for all to see. I put my video up on my Twitter page (@SHELBYB03) and tagged Helio (@h3lio) in hopes he may see the tribute I created for him. Low and behold I got online on October 26th, 2012 to see that my video was highly received by the man himself. Helio cried tears of happiness as he watched the tribute before him unfold and said in his own words: “Thank you, Shelby, for such a great honor of having this beautiful video made for me. This is amazing! This is the reason I admire all the fans, Shelby…this was the best gift ever-THANK YOU.” It was a fair trade…a video tribute for a follow as he followed me back on his Twitter that very day…thus a camaraderie was born.
Throughout the next 4 seasons, 2013-2016, my relationship with Helio and his family, sponsors/marketing partners, race team, & PRs grew. Now they all know me by a name and face basis when I go to IMS each year. In 2013 I created a fan motto for Helio and his team: the motto being #TeamHelio…WeBelieve in October of 2013 for his run for the championship where he placed 2nd and received his 4th Texas win. Going back to sponsors and marketing, I have been asked to help with promoting products from his sponsors and have been able to help grow his fan base in the process of helping with such promotions, one of the biggest milestones being both 100,000 & 150,000 Followers on Twitter. It is often been said by fans that I am the “Walking Helio Catalogue,” as doing this has been an outlet to allow me to connect with the race community on a multitude of levels. Even members of Helio’s family-his sister Kati & girlfriend Adriana, and his team all have expressed their thanks for supporting Helio and how they saw me as his “Number One Fan.”
A major highlight of those seasons was in 2014. I was able to drive around the famed track on Community Day and had the ultimate experience of going to my 1st Indy500 in person on May 25th, 2014, the 98th Running. Helio was in the Yellow Submarine, bringing back a design that was drove by legends past, and now it was Helio’s turn. Boy what a race it was! Him and Ryan Hunter-Reay battled it out to the end where sadly it ended just 6 hundredths of a second shy of win number 4. I almost witnessed history before my eyes to see Helio become the next 4-time winner-gut-wrenching and heart breaking-but still proud of him knowing he gave it his all and more. A week later couldn’t be sweeter as redemption was Helio’s in gaining his 29th career win in Detroit, where years ago in 2000, “Spider-Man” was born knowing this was the race that he first climbed the fence as an act of celebrating victory. 2014 was a solid year with a 2nd place championship finish to his Penske teammate Will Power.
2015 was another solid year with Helio being 5th in the championship. 2015 was also when I joined an Helio fan group on Facebook, Helio Castroneves Fans. I there kept record of the 2015 season, keeping fellow fans in the loop on race season stats and Helio’s appearances and special events throughout the year. It is a place for fans to connect and get to know each other better and to show support with pictures and messages. I still take part in that group and encourage other fans to join. I felt after having a season without a win, it was time to get Helio pumped for the next season…a light bulb idea went off again in my head, the “Cheer On Helio Project.” I proposed after the 2015 season ended in our fan group that I would take up to 100 fans to join in to send Helio messages that I put together in a video to begin his 2016 off right. He saw this video too with much positive feedback: “Oh My Gosh! It’s because of fans like these I feel so pumped for another WE BELIEVE season. Let’s Do This! Thank You! I’m very touched…I’m telling you I will win this season…We together will win this season.” This video was said to be Helio’s favorite one I had made for him.
With 2016 ahead of him and the fans behind him, Helio started it off well with 2 pole positions, one in Long Beach and Phoenix, where in Phoenix, he became the “Speed King” with a new track record! After Phoenix Indy came again. He gained momentum with a 2nd place finish in the GP of INDY race. He started 9th in the field of 33 that year and gained him and his team an 8th pit-stop competition where right before me, I saw his trademark victory celebration as “Spider-Man” climbed for the fans. He did so in knowing he felt the energy of the crowd raving and roaring after the win. What a sight! I know it will be one that stays with me forever. The 500 looked good until he was clipped in the back rear bumper pod of his car, but he took it with dignity and moved forward to finish his 2016 season in 3rd place in his 17th season with Team Penske, it’s 50th year as a Team went 1-2-3, and was named by his fans in a competition Penske held as “Captain’s Finest.” I was able to go to the IndyCar Championship banquet that year, as it was held in Downtown Indianapolis, where I surprised Helio, as he didn’t know I was coming. His reaction…priceless, a huge smile on his face and saying, “Hey! Look who is here…SHELBY!!!” It was an honor to be there to celebrate his season with him and the other IndyCar drivers and to be able to congratulate him on the year. We even discussed and know that in our minds that someday he will become a 4-Time Indy500 Winner and IndyCar Champion he deserves and knows he can be, as Helio told me and I agreed: “We will keep moving forward and now look to next year…one day that door will be open to us. We just have to keep believing.” To cap off the 2016 year, I went to the Penske50 Exhibit at IMS in November to see Helio’s first winning car and many more achievements he earned as a driver for one of the most elite teams in all of sports.
2017…Here we are into what is my 8th year of knowing who Helio is and 6th year of knowing him on a deeper level and supporting his career in a way I never thought imaginable. I feel blessed to know and have him be a part of my life. To put it simply, Helio’s passion, drive, and love for what he does in racing, his fans, family, and in life is inspiring…he helps me strive to do my best in all areas of my own life. We both look forward each year to the Greatest Month in Racing, as IMS is, as Helio likes to say, “magical.” We both make each other’s Mays special, ones to remember, with moments such as pictures together, chats at autograph sessions, giving him gifts I’ve made for him, or him seeing me by his pit stand to watch him do what he loves most preparing for the biggest race. He knows even if I am at home cheering him on, I am ALWAYS along with him for the ride each race. IMS…thank you for being the place that brought me a spark for racing and being a place I can now call my 2nd home, and to Helio…thank you for being the one who made my racing spark grow and become full blaze. I’m your fan for life & my love and support will be with you always! May you continue striving toward achieving your goals and beyond with a 4th 500 and championship. Stay DRIVEN BY PASSION!

History in Indy!

Indianapolis- We are stationed at the media center at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Lunch has been served and gotta say IMS can put a spread together!

We just witnessed history here at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Sam Schmidt who is paralyzed just raced one of the greatest racers in the world 77-year-old Mario Andretti. So yes you read that right paralyzed from the neck down Sam Schmidt is competing in a race. Some may say he has nothing to prove and this may be true. However that didn’t stop the 52 year old Sam Schmidt from the challenge. The drivers drove a 4 lap race around the “Indy Road Course”.

IMS prez Doug Boles thought the idea was pretty nuts himself. To quote Doug Boles “I got a note from Sam sometime last fall, early winter, saying, ‘Hey, I’d like to do a head-to-head race next May against Mario Andretti,’ and I thought he was crazy,” Boles said. “But I thought Mario might be even crazier, and I didn’t know that you could actually convince Mario to do that, but Mario actually agreed.

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It was an amazing scene here at IMS. Mario won the race and Sam Schmidt was quick to challenge a rematch. It was clear Sam Schmidt was very emotional about the experience. The “The Mayor of Hinchtown” waved the flag! James Hinchcliff the 2011 Verizon IndyCar series Rookie of the Year. Driver of the #5 Indy car for Schmidt Peterson Motorsport. is a driver for Sam Schmidt.

The grid is set for the Indy Car GP with will Power on the “POLE” and setting a new Track record 1 minute, 10.2014 seconds — on the 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course. Penske claimed the top two spots on the speed chart! Penske looks to dominate today’s race. Even after a disappointing qualification for Simon Pagenaud who will be starting back in 6th position.

Indianapolis Colts star QB Andre Luck will give the “Race Command” and Retired Colts outside line backer Robert Mathis will drive the Pace Car for the Indy Car GP.

I spent some time walking the pits and garages and I can tell you the teams are ready…the fans are here..and so are we!

Grand Prix Weekend at Indy

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Indianapolis- As we begin the month of May Indy…It’s time for the 1st race in the month of May.

Its a action packed weekend at IMS

If you have never been to the Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. So 1st thing you may notice is cars are going backwards? Ok not literally but the configuration of the road course sends cars down the front stretch in the reverse direction than what you may be used to seeing on the oval.

The 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course incorporates portions of Turns 1 and 2 and the frontstraight of the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval and the remainder of the circuit is within the infield, allowing for great spectator viewing.

It’s the dream of every driver to race at the corner of 16th and Georgetown in Speedway Indiana, just to the west of downtown Indianapolis. This weekend the dreams of many drivers of the future will come true. As IMS will feature races from the USF2000,Mazda road to Indy Pro Mazda, and the Indy lights series.

In the USF2000 you see drivers age 15 and up (with 14-year-olds eligible pending review and acceptance of a driving resume by the series and approval by INDYCAR). Can you imagine being 15 years old turning laps here at IMS

Drivers will tell you turn 1 is so tight…this is sure to see some action this weekend…Will we see the what is becoming known as the “1st Turn Curse” in the 3 years of the Grand Prix at Indy cars have never seen lap 1 without a caution. The inaugural race, pole-sitter Sebastian Saavedra —stalled and was hit by Carlos Munoz and Mikhail Aleshin. Last year, Bourdais collided with “TK” in Turn 1, ending Tony Kanaan’s day.

Another big story-line of the weekend will be a race between Sam Schmidt and Mario Andretti yes the same Sam Schmidt that crashed into the wall during a practice round at Orlando’s Walt Disney World Speedway leaving “SAM” paralyzed for life. He will race Indy Car Legend Mario Andretti using semi-autonomous cars. The Corvette Z06s will be their cars which are developed by Arrow Electronics and are controlled by head motions. Steering with head tilt sensors, accelerate and break with a sip-and-puff device. They switch gears using voice commands. The race is at 12:35 p.m. Saturday, preceding the IndyCar Grand Prix at 3:50 p.m. Fans can make a $10 donation and root for their favorite driver by texting either “Sam” or “Mario” to 50555 before or during the race. Proceeds go to Schmidt’s nonprofit Conquer Paralysis Now

This is a great weekend to come out to IMS and see a different race style without the “Indy 500” Crowd. Grand Prix has generally attracted around 40,000 fans. Looks like weather will not be an issue this year. We all remember the bitter cold rainy day last year.Also This month of May has seen it’s share of rain in the Indy area. So we welcome the sunshine.

Pagenaud the favorite to win this year. However he is going to have to earn it.Pole Sitters have won the last 2 road course races at IMS, and if that holds true its looking very good for Penske teammates Power and Castroneves. All of Penskes are a threat to win the the Grand Prix. Newgarden won this season’s only other road-course race, and Juan Pablo Montoya returns to Penske for Indianapolis races.

Scott Dixon leads the charge for Team Honda, yet he has never finished in the top five in the Indy road races, he and Pagenaud are the only drivers who have finished in the top five in all four IndyCar races this season.

Bourdais and the “The Mayor of Hinchtown” James Hinchcliffe will also be in the mix on Saturday

Other noise makers Andretti Autosports’ Ryan Hunter-Reay, who finished second in 2014, and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal, who was the 2015 runner-up!

We are at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway so stick around this is aboout to get good !

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Press Release

IMS Seating To Be Smoke-Free Beginning in October 2017

Non-Smoking Family Stands Expanding this May and Brickyard 400 Race Day

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, April 26, 2017 – The Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced today that its grandstands will be entirely smoke-free beginning with the 2017 Red Bull Air Race. In addition, leading up to the Air Race, the track will provide limited smoke-free family grandstands at select Month of May events and at the Brickyard 400.

“Our fans should be able to sit in their seats while enjoying a smoke-free experience,” Hulman & Company President and CEO Mark Miles said. “Starting in the fall, we’ll be able to provide this opportunity to all of our customers.”

Said IMS President J. Douglas Boles: “In recent years, our fans have consistently asked us to provide a smoke-free experience in the grandstands. This is especially true among families bringing younger children to the track. I’m pleased we’re making this move and look forward to working with our operational team, fans and partners to implement these changes.”

Both the Alliance for a Healthier Indiana and the Indiana State Department of Health applauded today’s decision.

“The Alliance for a Healthier Indiana lauds IMS for moving the needle on Hoosier public health outcomes,” said Bryan Mills, CEO of Community Health Network and founding member of the Alliance. “Indiana has worked hard to become an attractive place to live, work and do business. However, consistently poor health rankings undermine our progress. Today’s announcement from IMS proves they are not only the world’s premier racing venue but a premier partner in creating a health climate for the next generation of racing fans. Future generations will be the ones to gain from the health and economic benefits of a smoke-free environment.”

Said Indiana State Health Commissioner Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H.: “The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is one of the premier attractions in Indiana, and it’s exciting to see it taking a public stand for smoke-free environments. I can’t think of a more visible endorsement of better health for Hoosiers and those who visit our state.”

IMS offered its first smoke-free family grandstands on Miller Lite Carb Day in 2016. This year, they will be available to customers at the INDYCAR Grand Prix on May 12-13, on Miller Lite Carb Day on Friday, May 26 and at the Brickyard 400 on Sunday, July 23. To learn more about the family grandstands and purchase tickets, visit IMS.com.

Beginning with the 2017 Red Bull Air Race on Oct. 14-15, 2017 and continuing throughout the entire 2018 season and beyond, smoking will not be permitted in any IMS grandstands. Fans wishing to smoke will be asked to do so 20 feet away from buildings and reserved seating entrances. Smoking will continue to be allowed in the IMS infield.

“This is good news we’re sharing today,” Miles said. “And I’d like to thank the Alliance and ISDH for their support and assistance in reaching this decision.”

In the coming months and as the 2018 season approaches, IMS will provide additional guidance to fans on the implementation of these new policies.

Indiana Tobacco Quitline

The Indiana Tobacco Quitline is a free, phone-based counseling service provided by the State Department of Health that helps Indiana smokers quit. Support is available seven days a week. IMS encourages anyone looking to stop smoking to take advantage of this resource and many others available. For assistance today, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8869).

About the Alliance for a Healthier Indiana

The Alliance is a group of health care professionals, advocates, and community and business leaders from across Indiana who are committed to improving the health of our state. Its first priority is to substantially reduce tobacco usage, which is the leading cause of preventable death in Indiana. Founding members include the Indiana Hospital Association, Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Indiana State Medical Association, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Indiana and the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health.unnamed

Racing World Mourns Death of Bryan Clauson August 08, 2016 | By IMS

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The following is courtesy of The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and should receive all credit for the following article! Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Racing World Mourns Death of Bryan Clauson
August 08, 2016 | By IMS
Bryan Clauson was happiest when he was behind the wheel of a race car. In fact, the happiest day of his life may have been earlier this year on May 29, when he had his best Indianapolis 500 finish in the afternoon and drove a sprint car to the feature victory at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway that night.

Clauson, 27, died Sunday evening from injuries sustained in a crash the night before at the Belleville (Kan.) Nationals midget race on the half-mile dirt oval. Clauson was airlifted to Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln, Neb., but did not survive.

“This is certainly a sad day for the racing community as a whole, and on behalf of INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, we send our deepest condolences to the family of Bryan Clauson,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co., the parent of INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “Anybody who witnessed Bryan behind the wheel of a race car can attest to his elite ability, relentlessness and unbridled willingness to race anything on wheels. While he’ll be remembered most as a legend of short-track racing, his participation in the Indianapolis 500 exemplifies his fearlessness, true versatility as a competitor and the pure depth of his talent as a driver.”

Clauson, a resident of Noblesville, Ind., was considered the nation’s top short-track dirt-car driver with four U.S. Auto Club national championships – two in sprint cars and two in midgets – as well as wins in prestigious events the likes of the Chili Bowl, Turkey Night Grand Prix and Belleville Nationals.

In the mold of old-school racers like A.J. Foyt, Gary Bettenhausen and Tony Stewart, eager and willing to race anything anywhere, Clauson set a goal in 2016 of competing in 200 races, including the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. Driving the No. 88 Cancer Treatment Centers of America Honda for Dale Coyne/Jonathan Byrd’s Racing, Clauson finished a career-best 23rd in this year’s Indy 500 and led his first laps in the historic race.

Saturday’s race at the Belleville Nationals, where Clauson was the defending champion, was the 116th on his trek toward 200. He picked up his 27th feature win this season in the midget race Wednesday night at Beloit, Kan.

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has always been the heart and soul of auto racing in America,” said Doug Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. “Bryan Clauson combined his passion and enthusiasm for grassroots racing with a God-given talent that made him the favorite to win every time he got in a midget or sprint car. And he proved on the world’s largest racing stage – by leading three laps in the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 – that he could use that talent in just about anything with wheels.

“More importantly, he possessed a humility and character out of the race car that made him a person that fellow competitors and fans alike enjoyed being around,” Boles added. “His spirit, his positive outlook and his thrilling talent will be missed by the entire racing community. The thoughts and prayers of everyone at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are with the Clauson family in this difficult time.”

The native Californian earned a USAC-INDYCAR scholarship for winning the 2010 USAC national driver’s title. The scholarship earned Clauson six Indy Lights starts in 2011 in a car shared with current Verizon IndyCar Series rookie Conor Daly at Sam Schmidt Motorsports while Clauson continued to race in USAC’s national series. His best finish in eight career Indy Lights was third at Iowa Speedway in 2011.

Clauson won the scholarship award again in 2012, allowing him to make his Indianapolis 500 debut in 2012 with Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, qualifying 31st and finishing 30th. Clauson returned to Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2015, finishing 31st in the Indy 500 for KVSH/Jonathan Byrd’s Racing.

Clauson also served as a development driver for Chip Ganassi Racing in 2007-08, winning an ARCA race in 2007. He made 21 NASCAR Xfinity Series starts in 2008, finishing second in rookie points where he teamed occasionally with three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti.

Clauson is survived by his parents, Tim and Di, his sister Taylor and fiancée Lauren Stewart. Funeral arrangements are pending. A memorial service in his honor will take place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at a date soon to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, or to make a donation, people may direct their contributions to the USAC Benevolent Fund website at http://usacbf.org/cash-donation/ or checks should be made out to the USAC Benevolent Foundation in the name of Bryan Clauson. The address is 124 E Northfield Drive, Suite F #129, Brownsburg, IN 46112.

Kyle Busch Wins Second Straight Brickyard 400

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In the 107 year history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway there hasn’t been a more dominant performance then the one Kyle Busch delivered this weekend.

After leading 62 of 63 laps in Saturday’s victory in the Lilly Diabetes 250, Busch saved the best for last on Sunday leading 149 of 170 laps en route to becoming the first driver in history to sweep both poles and races at the Brickyard holding off Matt Kenseth by 2.126 seconds to score the victory.

Busch also became the second driver in history to win back to back Brickyard 400’s joining Jimmie Johnson as the only drivers to accomplish the feat.

“I felt pretty good to be up front and obviously you’ve got to do everything in your power to not screw it up,” Busch said.

“I can imagine if I would have … beaten one of those guys with the super fast cars [in the past] how they would have felt because I know how I would have felt here today.”

Busch talked about how important the restarts were today at Indy with track position being at a premium.

“We had the race in our hands that we can manipulate the restarts how I needed to and make sure that I got to the No. 1 spot and Matt [Kenseth] was able to do the same thing last week [at New Hampshire],” Busch said.

“Each and every week, it’s power to the leader. That’s what we’ve all kind of asked for with this bigger restart zone and stuff, too, so when you are the race leader that you’ve earned that right to restart how you want.”

Jimmie Johnson was able to rally to a third place finish after being a lap down late in the going. He was followed by: Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson rounded out the top five.

Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr., Austin Dillon, and Paul Menard rounded out the top ten.

Notables included: Tony Stewart 11th, Jeff Gordon 13th, Chase Elliott 15th, Kurt Busch 16th, Brad Keselowski 17th, Kasey Kahne 18th, Clint Bowyer 21st, Danica Patrick 22nd, Ryan Newman 31st, and Carl Edwards finished 35th after being caught up in a late race incident.

In a race lacking highlights, the highlight of the race came after the checkered flag had fallen when Stewart and Gordon took a ceremonial lap around the 2.5 mile oval side by side in what was likely barring unforeseen circumstances the last Brickyard 400 for both sure fire hall of famers. After coming back on pit road, Stewart and Gordon hugged.

“For us to share that moment together, I mean that’s probably our last lap around here in a professional race, and I’ll cherish that moment,” Stewart said. “It’s something that doesn’t happen very often.

“It was pretty cool. … We’re never going to get that chance to do that again.”

“Tony and I have gone through a lot over the years, but he and I have become really good friends,” Gordon said. “I was with him when he got hurt this year. … I learned a lot about Tony Stewart. He’s driven. He’s tough.

“To see him in that pain I saw him in and come back and win Sonoma [last month] and be out here driving like this with a chance at a championship when this whole thing is over, that’s impressive.”

Justin Wilson Children’s Fund Update

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway & INDYCAR Press Release
For Immediate Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, Aug. 28, 2015 – INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway encourage racing fans to make donations to a new fund established to support the family of Justin Wilson. Donations to the Wilson Children’s Fund can be made online at www.wilsonchildrensfund.com or sent to the following address:

Wilson Children’s Fund
c/o Forum Credit Union
P.O. Box 50738
Indianapolis, IN 46250-0738
317-558-6000

“Justin Wilson gave so much to his teammates, fellow drivers and INDYCAR fans,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co., the parent of INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “The best way for the racing community to show our appreciation and preserve his legacy is to express our unwavering support for his children, wife and family members during this heartbreaking time. I encourage fans across the nation to donate to the Wilson Children’s Fund.”

“Justin Wilson was a beloved and admired member of our INDYCAR family who touched the lives of countless individuals both stateside and in the United Kingdom,” said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. “I encourage fans to make donations in his honor to the Wilson Children’s Fund. I know Hoosiers will do their part in lending a helping hand to Justin’s loved ones during this very difficult time.”

If you previously sent a donation to INDYCAR, it will be forwarded to the new address. All donations will be kept confidential.

In addition, commemorative decals and T-shirts are available at shop.ims.com, with proceeds going directly to the Wilson Children’s Fund.

Wilson, who enjoyed success in multiple motorsports series during a two-decade professional career, died Monday from a head injury suffered in the Verizon IndyCar Series race Aug. 23 at Pocono Raceway. He was 37.

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IMS Statement Regarding Justin Wilson

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IMS Statement Regarding Justin Wilson
August 24, 2015 | By IMS
A statement from Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles about the passing of Indianapolis 500 and United States Grand Prix veteran Justin Wilson:

“We’re saddened to have lost such an exceptional driver, friend and role model to many in the INDYCAR community. Justin was one of the most versatile and talented drivers of the last 15 years, as evidenced by his wins in sports cars, Champ Car and INDYCAR. More important than his driving ability was his approachable personality, his calm spirit, and the respect he earned throughout the racing community for the tremendous person, friend, father and husband he was. Justin made innumerable friends and admirers throughout the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and INDYCAR communities. All of us at IMS extend our prayers and deepest sympathy to the Wilson family.”

Wilson first competed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the 2003 United States Grand Prix, finishing eighth and scoring his lone Formula One championship point of his career. Beginning in 2008, Wilson had competed in eight straight Indianapolis 500 races (2008 – 2015), finishing in the top 10 three times, with a best finish of fifth in 2013. Wilson also competed in the Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Indianapolis in 2014 and 2015. He is just one of three drivers who has competed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the United States Grand Prix, the Indianapolis 500, and the Grand Prix of Indianapolis.