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DragonSpeed confirms 33rd Indy 500 entry for Hanley – DragonSpeed has confirmed an entry for their No. 81 machine for the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 50 Mile Race for driver Ben Hanley. This makes 33 entries for the race. – DragonSpeed – (8/8/2020)

U.S. Space Force primary sponsor for ECR No. 20 at Indy 500 – “The U.S. Space Force announced a partnership with Ed Carpenter Racing this morning on FOX & Friends. Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, Chief of Space Operations unveiled the No. 20 U.S. Space Force Chevrolet with driver and team owner Ed Carpenter. The three-time Indianapolis 500 pole winner will carry the colors of the U.S.’s new military branch in this year’s 500-mile race, scheduled for August 23, 2020. Through ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,’ Carpenter and ECR will build awareness of the U.S. Space Force in race fans and Americans all over the country.” View the livery on our No. 20 livery page here. Full release at the link. – ECR – (8/8/2020)

Davison gets Indy 500 ride with Coyne and various partners – James Davison will drive the No. 51 Honda entry for Dale Coyne Racing with NASCAR team Rick Ware Racing and a multitude of sponsors in the upcoming 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. Full story at the link. – NBC Sports – (8/8/2020)

Trackside podcast 8/5/20 – 107.5 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 8/5/20 is a great listen as always. Mike Hull is a guest on the show. – 107.5 The Fan – (8/5/2020)

Miller’s Mailbag 8/5/20 – RACER’s Robin Miller’s weekly fan Q&A is a great read as always. – RACER – (8/5/2020)

IMS announces decision to hold Indy 500 with no spectators – “It is with great regret that we announce the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500 will take place on Aug. 23 without fans. This tough decision was made following careful consideration and extensive consultation with state and city leadership. As dedicated as we were to running the race this year with 25 percent attendance at our large outdoor facility, even with meaningful and careful precautions implemented by the city and state, the COVID-19 trends in Marion County and Indiana have worsened. Since our June 26 announcement, the number of cases in Marion County has tripled while the positivity rate has doubled. We said from the beginning of the pandemic we would put the health and safety of our community first, and while hosting spectators at a limited capacity with our robust plan in place was appropriate in late June, it is not the right path forward based on the current environment. We encourage Hoosiers to continue making smart decisions and following the advice of our public health officials so we can help get Indiana back on track.” Full release at the link. – IMS – (8/4/2020)

Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio postponed to later in 2020 – “INDYCAR and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course have agreed to postpone The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio scheduled for Aug. 7-9 until a date to be determined in September or October. This decision was made through communication with local health officials given the current environment. Our team continues to work with all of our partners and our local government to identify a date later this year when we can host The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. More information will be forthcoming as it becomes available. Visit midohio.com for ongoing updates.” Full release at the link. – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course – (8/1/2020)

ECR announces Pearn as lead engineer for No. 47 at Indy 500 – “Ed Carpenter Racing has welcomed championship-winning crew chief Cole Pearn to its engineering staff for the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500. Pearn will return to racing for the Month of August, serving as lead engineer for Conor Daly. Daly will compete in ECR’s third entry, the No. 47 U.S. Air Force Chevrolet…He became an engineer with Richard Childress Racing before shifting to Denver-based Furniture Row Racing. In 2015, he was promoted to crew chief of the team’s No. 78 with driver Martin Truex. The pair won the 2017 NASCAR Cup Series championship, competed in the title race in four of five years, and won a series-high seven races last year.” Full release at the link. – ECR – (7/29/2020)

Johnson completes exciting IMS INDYCAR test – Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson tested an NTT INDYCAR SERIES car with Chip Ganassi Racing on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course on Tuesday and by all accounts it went well. Scott Dixon and Mike Hull worked with Johnson throughout the day and gave great reviews. Johnson has raved about his experience to the media and on his social media and it’s believed there may be an opportunity for this to grow to races somewhere down the line. Full story from INDYCAR at the link. – INDYCAR – (7/29/2020)

Miller’s Mailbag 7/29/20 – RACER’s Robin Miller’s weekly fan Q&A is a great read as always. – RACER – (7/29/2020)

Trackside podcast 7/28/20 – 107.5 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 7/28/20 is a great listen as always. Mike Hull is a guest on the show. – 107.5 The Fan – (7/29/2020)

INDYCAR announces Portland and Laguna Seca cancellation and adds doubleheaders – “The NTT INDYCAR SERIES released an updated 2020 race calendar today featuring several modifications. Three events already scheduled on the series calendar will now become doubleheader weekends, including INDYCAR’s upcoming race weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Prior to the originally scheduled Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio on Sunday, Aug. 9, the stars of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES will square off in another championship-points paying event Saturday, Aug. 8. In addition, the race weekends at World Wide Technology Raceway in August and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course in October will become doubleheader weekends. WWTR will feature races Saturday, Aug. 29 and Sunday, Aug. 30. IMS will add a road course race Friday, Oct. 2 before the already scheduled event Saturday, Oct. 3.” Full release at the link. – INDYCAR – (7/27/2020)

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