Robin Miller on the Sale of IMS and IndyCar
On this week’s episode of New Track Record Podcast, Robin Miller of RACER and NBC Sports joins to break down the sale of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar to Roger Penske.
Miller highlighted how everyone in the sport is thrilled with the news knowing that someone who cares deeply about the speedway and sport as a whole will be the next caretaker. Another topic of interest is what changes Penske will bring to the track and the sport, from increasing the Indy 500 purse, paying more to the full-time teams for their participation and if the apron could be a possibility for future races.
Another topic of interest is what Penske can do to grow the sport. Miller discusses what could be done to improve incremental at best gains in TV ratings, how Penske’s business experience could land an elusive third engine manufacturer to complement Honda and Chevy, and what Indiana’s legalized sports gambling could mean for the Indy 500. Could a casino be built in the infield to allow fans to bet on their favorite driver before next year’s 500? Miller details the possibilities.
Miller also gives updates on the latest IndyCar silly season questions. What options does James Hinchcliffe have? Who will Ed Carpenter Racing sign for their now two open seats with the news that Spencer Pigot won’t return? Rinus VeeKay, who has tested with Carpenter’s team twice, has long been rumored for a seat. Nico Hulkenberg recently has emerged as a possibility as well. What about Conor Daly and his quest for a full-time ride? And what is going on at A.J. Foyt Racing? Miller goes through all the scenarios.
We wrap up the episode with listener questions tweeted to @indycarpodcast and news and notes.
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