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Special Mario tribute livery unveiled for Marco at Indy 500 – “Marco Andretti, U.S. Concrete and Andretti Autosport unveiled the No. 98 U.S. Concrete / Curb machine that the third-generation driver will pilot for the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 next month. The day-glow red car closely resembles the 1969 race-winning livery of Mario Andretti, celebrating the 50th anniversary of his memorable Indianapolis 500 victory. ” See the livery on our No. 98 livery page here. Full release at the link. – Andretti Autosport – (4/18/2019)

Gateway announces naming rights commitment – “Gateway Motorsports Park and World Wide Technology (WWT), a market-leading technology solution provider, today announced a long-term naming rights commitment, renaming the motorsports facility “World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway.” The multi-faceted racing venue serves as home to NASCAR, INDYCAR and NHRA racing in the St. Louis region, where WWT was founded and is headquartered. WWT also becomes the official technology partner of the track and will use the venue to advance development programs for the company and its community outreach initiatives.” Full release at the link. – World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway – (4/17/2019)

Andretti Autosport partners with Trion Solutions for No. 98 entry – “NTT IndyCar Series driver, Marco Andretti, will make a run at the checkered flag with associate partner, Trion Solutions at the INDYCAR Grand Prix, 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 and both races at the Detroit Grand Prix. The Trion logo will be featured on the side cockpit of the racing machine for all four events.” Full release at the link. – Andretti Autosport – (4/17/2019)

IMS adds to Legends Day concert lineup – “Chart-topping country artist Carly Pearce and Clayton Anderson have been added to a star-studded lineup at the Firestone Legends Day Concert on Saturday, May 25 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Fan favorites at IMS, Pearce and Anderson each will perform sets one day before the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. Multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning Zac Brown Band will headline the concert, which starts at 3:30 p.m. on the Firestone Stage inside Turn 4 of the IMS oval.” Full release at the link. – IMS – (4/17/2019)

Ganassi wants guaranteed Indy 500 starting spots for full-time teams – Jim Ayello of the Indianapolis Star reports Chip Ganassi has added his name to the list of NTT IndyCar Series owners that would like to see guaranteed starting spots for the series’ full-time entrants in the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. Full story at the link. – Indianapolis Star – (4/17/2019)

Miller’s Mailbag 4/17/19 – RACER’s Robin Miller’s weekly fan Q&A is a great read as always. – RACER – (4/17/2019)

Trackside podcast 4/16/19 – 1070 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 4/16/19 is a great listen as always. – 1070 The Fan – (4/17/2019)

Belardi announces deal for Windom at Freedom 100 – “Chris Windom returns to Belardi Auto Racing partnered with Jonathan Byrd’s Racing to run in the 17th annual Freedom 100 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 24. Windom will be piloting the No. 17 Belardi Auto Racing/ Byrd Racing, NOS Energy Drink sponsored Dallara in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires series.” See the livery on our No. 17 livery page here. Full release at the link. – Indy Lights – (4/16/2019)

The Open Wheel’s Sunday Long Beach photo gallery – The Open Wheel’s photo gallery of Sunday NTT IndyCar Series action at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach is available at the link. – The Open Wheel – (4/14/2019)

Rossi wins for second straight year at Long Beach – Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi won from pole in the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach for the second consecutive year. The full Top 5 order was Rossi, Newgarden, Dixon, Rahal, and Hunter-Reay. Rahal was penalized for blocking Dixon on the final lap and lost his spot on the podium. Full race results here. – INDYCAR – (4/14/2019)

The Open Wheel’s Long Beach livery guide – The Open Wheel’s photo gallery of all the NTT IndyCar Series liveries at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach is available at the link. – The Open Wheel – (4/14/2019)

The Open Wheel’s Saturday Long Beach photo gallery – The Open Wheel’s photo gallery of Saturday NTT IndyCar Series action at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach is available at the link. – The Open Wheel – (4/13/2019)

Rossi takes pole at Long Beach – Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi won the pole for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach with a lap of 1:06.4811. The full Firestone Fast 6 order was Rossi, Dixon, Power, Newgarden, Pagenaud, and Rahal. Full qualifying results here. – INDYCAR – (4/13/2019)

Andretti to field car for Jarett Andretti at Freedom 100 – “Third-generation racer Jarett Andretti will see a dream come true May 24 when he climbs into an Andretti Autosport Indy Lights machine for the Freedom 100 – his first career Indy Lights race. Jarett is the son of John Andretti, grandson of Aldo Andretti and great nephew of Mario Andretti.” Full release at the link. – Indy Lights – (4/12/2019)

IMS announces exclusive beverage deal with PepsiCo – “Officials from PepsiCo, Inc. (NASDAQ: PEP) and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced a multiyear partnership Thursday, April 11 in which Pepsi and MTN DEW become the Official Soda Beverages of IMS and Aquafina the Official Water of IMS starting with the 2019 season. PepsiCo products will be served exclusively at concession stands and in suites throughout the historic facility starting with the INDYCAR Grand Prix and 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge in May.” Full release at the link. – IMS – (4/11/2019)

Road America offers free entry for first responders – “REV Group and Road America have teamed up to pay tribute to first responders with free entry to the inaugural NTT IndyCar Series REV Group Grand Prix, June 20-23. Taking place at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI, all active-duty first responders will be treated to a packed weekend of activities, including the NTT IndyCar Series feature race. A unique race experience is also planned to further honor the men and women who answer the call to protect and serve our communities.” Full release at the link. – REV Group Grand Prix – (4/11/2019)

Alonso tests at Texas – McLaren and Fernando Alonso tested at Texas Motor Speedway on Tuesday. “It was definitely quite special,” Alonso told IndyCar.com “The oval is very different to (Indianapolis Motor Speedway), so you feel really the banking and you feel the compression on the body. It’s definitely physically different, the feeling you get, so that was interesting.” Full story at the link. – INDYCAR – (4/10/2019)

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