State of IndyCar Bullet Points

State of IndyCar Bullet Points

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State of IndyCar presentation, as shared by this awesome list of Tweeps:

  • Starwood Hotels and Resorts announced as Official Hotels and Resorts of INDYCAR through 2013.
  • New red and black logo.
  • Octane PR just confirmed Edmonton.
  • Milwaukee, Iowa, and New Hampshire are getting extra “test” time the day before official practice begins.
  • INDYCAR Open test at Kentucky Speedway on May 9 and 10.
  • 105% participation rule in IndyCar explains why Milka Duno is testing an ARCA stock car in Daytona today.
  • Indycar’s Dir. Operations Brian Barnhart: “Pit selection process will be determined by qualifying order on previous similar track.”
  • Pit selection at Indianapolis will remain unchanged.
  • All pit selections will be on individual basis – not pairing of teammates.
  • Participation requirements will be lowered from 107% to 105%
  • Fastest lap time on road course = 60 seconds, you must be at 63 seconds or better to run. “Best teams & best drivers in the world.”
  • Only 1 set of tires will be allowed per segment on road and street qualifications.
  • Confirmation of two-wide restarts. Restart line will be closer to start-finish with entire field on main straight before green flag shown.
  • Lapped cars will NOT removed from order on restarts.
  • Tony Cotman: Engine capacity reduced from 2.4 to 2.2 liter maximum.
  • Aero Kit info to be released closer to May
  • Tony Cotman expects 4 different aero kits for 2012
  • To apply to be a aero kit manufacturer, applications are due in May and announcements will be made in October.
  • Aero kit manufacturers will be required to commit to 2 years in the Series.
  • Proximity sensors, in-car fan experience, cell phone tech, etc. #IndyCar tech
  • 2 2012 show cars are expected to be on display this May at Indianapolis.
  • Different hp engine tuning 550-700 depending on track type.”
  • Conor Daly will take driving duties for the races that Bryan Clauson does not drive.
  • ABC/ESPN will be carrying St. Pete, TBA (LV), Indianapolis, Milwaukee, and New Hampshire.
  • Versus will broadcast rest of races and Indy qualifying.
  • By end of this month, merger of NBC and Comcast (i.e. Versus) should be completed.
  • Versus growth 40% in key demos.
  • IndyCar has been advised not to complete contracts with potential TV partners until Comcast/NBC merger is finalized.
  • Firestone Indy Lights are returning to TV in 2011.
  • Edmonton officially announced as returned to schedule by Terry Angstadt.
  • Centennial Tour will visit Iraq, Turkey, UK and more to support our troops.
  • 1) Increase TV ratings, 2) Increase attendance, 3) Increase #Indy500 presence, 4) Increase IndyCar Nation presence.
  • Kasey Coler shares new IndyCar Nation changes- Rookie level is FREE to all fans. Downforce now IndyCar Nation Champion
  • INDYCAR to target both USAC fans and NASCAR fans. First I’ve heard that INDYCAR will go directly for NASCAR fans. Drop the gloves!!!
  • Garages will be open to kids age 9 and older at all events except Texas.
  • Steve @SHUNCK will be charge of combining statistics. That should make Robin Miller very happy.
  • Special tagline for 100th Anniversary of #Indy500: The Most Important Race in History.
  • Per @IMS… Working on inviting every living #INDY500 veteran to this year’s race. Military fly over will be VERY special…
  • Mark Dill, Director of Marketing for @IMS hints at a big “stunt” to occur at the Indianapolis 500
  • All living #Indy500 veterans invited to autograph session on day before 500
  • IMS will stage electric, solar, and hybrid auto races on Emerging Tech day at IMS this May.
  • Along with Mattel, some mind-boggling stunt planned for the 500, plus the most unique flyover ever.
  • 70 of 74 winning 500 cars on display at museum during this May!
  • IMS launching a sweepstakes with David Foster. Wonder if that mean Josh Groban will sing national anthem at 500.
  • As the 500 gets closer, watch for: Greatest 33 website, largest autograph session in history, huge flyover plans & a Mattel publicity stunt.
  • Greatest33.com website in March, when you can vote for the greatest 33 drivers in 500 history
  • Look for the Sports Illustrated special edition on #Indy500 Centennial.
  • Awesome: “Back Home Again in Indiana” local community competition coming in May.
  • 14 new partners in last 12 months.
  • Doing a Spanish-language radio broadcast for the 500.
  • IMS to introduce “Print at home” tickets.
  • Just showed one of the new @IMS #Indy500 commercials – wow!
  • Tons of images already uploaded from the State of INDYCAR. Enjoy. http://cot.ag/hl9D0D
  • For the first time, children 12 and younger, will be able to attend the Indy 500 for free when accompanied by a parent.
  • The sanctioning body of the IZOD IndyCar Series, Firestone Indy Lights and Mazda Road to Indy to be known as #INDYCAR
  • INDYCAR Entertainment office in LA officially announced.