Indy Split The Big Money Battle That Nearly Destroyed Indy Racing

But Indy car racing's dysfunction didn't originate in 1996. The story begins in 1945, when a businessman from Terre Haute, Indiana named Tony Hulman rescued the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from potential redevelopment.

Indy Split  The Big Money Battle That Nearly Destroyed Indy Racing

Tradition, technology, and personal bravery combined to make the Indianapolis 500 one of the world's most famous sporting events. However, political infighting within the industry--which climaxed with a 12-year "Split" from 1996 to 2007 between competing forms of Indy car racing--prevented the sport from achieving its potential. The Split seriously tarnished the reputation of the Indianapolis 500 and allowed NASCAR to become America's most popular form of motorsport. But Indy car racing's dysfunction didn't originate in 1996. The story begins in 1945, when a businessman from Terre Haute, Indiana named Tony Hulman rescued the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from potential redevelopment. Over the next 75 years, the Hulman-George family used the stature of the Speedway to carve out a powerful position in American auto racing. Stewardship of the IMS often brought the family into conflict with Indy car competitors. A volatile period in the late 1970s resulted in the formation of Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART), and tensions ramped up even more when Hulman's grandson, Tony George, assumed power in 1990. The Split forced Indy car fans, sponsors, broadcasters and participants to choose sides. It created confusion and animosity and caused tremendous damage to the sport. With negotiations driven by legendary racer Mario Andretti and actor/racer Paul Newman, The Split was finally resolved in 2008, only for George to walk away less than three years later from the role he so desperately coveted. The long struggle for stability and leadership was finally resolved in 2020 when Roger Penske acquired IMS and the IndyCar Series.

The Indy Car Wars

The 30-Year Fight for Control of American Open-Wheel Racing Sigur E. Whitaker. Brings Division of Sponsor's Spending,” ... Koening, “Indy-Car Racing Split Makes Engine Firms Shift Allegiances,” Indianapolis Star, Feb. 25, 1996, E-1. 44.

The Indy Car Wars

The world of Champ Car auto racing was changing in the 1970s. As cars became more sophisticated, the cost of supporting a team had skyrocketed, making things difficult for team owners. In an effort to increase purses paid by racing promoters and win lucrative television contracts, a group of owners formed Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) in 1978. Soon after, CART split from its sanctioning body, the United States Auto Club (USAC). Though Champ Cars ran on numerous tracks, the Indianapolis 500 was the payday that supported most teams through the season. From the beginning, CART had most of the successful teams and popular drivers, and they focused on driving a wedge between the track owners and the USAC. Over the next 30 years, the tension between CART and USAC ebbed and flowed until all parties realized that reunification was needed for the sake of the sport. This book details the fight over control of Champ Car racing before reunification in 2008.

Jack Arute s Tales from the Indy 500

CART never really gave adequate consideration to what Tony wanted for Indy.They also felt that this, ... So it became this battle of words and ideas,tit for tat, back and forth to where the whole thing spiraled out of control.

Jack Arute s Tales from the Indy 500

As a pit reporter for ABC Sports, Jack Arute has become one of the most recognizable faces of the Indianapolis 500. From his initial fear of approaching A.J. Foyt in the garage as a cu reporter to watching Danica Patrick rewrite the role of women in motorsports when she became the first woman to lead a lap in the 89th running of the race, ?Jackie? has seen it all. He now relates all of his greatest, funniest, and most meaningful stories in Jack Arute's Tales from the Indy 500.

The Sports Book

Some spectators view from motorcoaches parked here RACING AN OVAL Many Indy car races are held on banked ovals. ... The most famous of all the Indy car circuits is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where drivers battle it out over 200 ...

The Sports Book

The ultimate armchair companion to over 200 sports The Sports Book, 4th Edition, is the ultimate guide to games, fit for everyone still buzzing from 2012, the amazing year of sport. This new edition presents fully up-to-date information covering all sorts of sports, from equestrian sports, athletics and gymnastics to winter sports and extreme sports. Check out the rules, history, players and events for over 200 of the world's greatest sports such as football, cricket, basketball and golf. Stay ahead of the curve with this amazing sports source with the latest facts and statistics, including updated world and Olympic records from leading experts and sports governing bodies around the globe. You'll also learn the techniques and tactics of the world's best competitors. Plus, all the additional sports featured in the 2012 Olympic Games are included, with an overview of the upcoming games in Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016. The Sports Book, 4th Edition (previous ISBN: 9781405367417) is perfect for sports buffs needing an ultimate quick-reference guide or anyone keen for more information on sports, from the most common to the more obscure.

The Curse of the Indy 500

In doing so he used the Indy 500 as his trump card, which resulted in a split between the top open-wheel factions and a falloff in ... One of those involved the way he improved the Speedway's atmosphere since it reopened after the war.

The Curse of the Indy 500

On May 30, 1958, thousands of racing fans poured into the infield at dawn to claim the best seats of the Indianapolis 500, unaware that they were going to witness one of the most notorious wrecks in racing history. Seconds after the green flag, a game of chicken spiraled out of control into a fiery 16-car pile-up that claimed the life of 29-year-old Indiana native and rising star Pat O’Connor. The other drivers escaped death, but the tragic 1958 Indy 500 seemed to leave its mark on them: the surviving drivers were hounded by accidents and terrible crashes, and most would die at tracks around the country. But the tragedy also prompted new regulations and safety precautions like roll bars that would ultimately save hundreds of lives. In The Curse of Indy 500: 1958’s Tragic Legacy, veteran sportswriter Stan Sutton profiles the ill-fated race and the careers of the drivers involved, highlighting their lives in the dangerous world of auto racing.

Indy 500 Recaps

The “tire war” was about to end as Firestone made the decision to pull out of major auto racing at the end of the 1974 season. Firestone had won 43 “500s” consecutively from 1920 through 1966. After 1974, every Indy car would be on ...

Indy 500 Recaps

This book started as a self-serving exercise to personally organize the major details and interesting facts of each Indianapolis 500 over the hundred-plus-year history of the greatest race in the world. For many of us passionate racing fans who have attended a multitude of 500s, there is a tendency for the details of the races to (somewhat) blend together. I hope this book will help to provide clarity in this regard as well as educate. During high school, many of us chose to use CliffsNotes to assist in the education process. This book is somewhat patterned after that concept. It falls somewhere between Donald Davidson and Rick Schaffer—the best and by far the most detailed book on the history of the Indianapolis 500—and a multitude of pictorial books with limited information. I hope it will prove to be an easy read with entertaining and educational information.

The Power Brokers The Battle for F1 s Billions

In 1995 George precipitated a split with the US CART series to establish the Indy Racing League " to preserve the traditions and excitement of America's open - wheel oval track racing " . Subsequently , the Indy 500 survived more off ...

The Power Brokers  The Battle for F1 s Billions


American Sports A History of Icons Idols and Ideas 4 volumes

In 1927 Fisher sold the Speedway to World War I war hero and former race car driver Eddie Rickenbacker. ... Although there was some contention between CART and USAC, the Indy 500 didn't suffer from the split until Speedway owner Tony ...

American Sports  A History of Icons  Idols  and Ideas  4 volumes

America loves sports. This book examines and details the proof of this fascination seen throughout American society—in our literature, film, and music; our clothing and food; and the iconography of the nation.

Tales from the Indianapolis 500

A Collection of the Greatest Indy 500 Stories Ever Told Jack Arute, Jenna Fryer ... So it became this battle of words and ideas, tit for tat, back and forth to where the whole thing spiraled out of control. So out of what I thought was ...

Tales from the Indianapolis 500

What’s it like to race across the blacktop of the nation’s most famous track? How does it feel to smash into a concrete wall while going over 200 miles per hour? This exciting, humorous, and poignant collection of tales takes readers inside the most thrilling race in America. Newly updated, Tales from the Indianapolis 500 captures horrific collisions and sweet victories from drivers past and present. With the 100th race approaching, the excitement and history of the Indy 500 will be on the mind of every racing fan. Author and renowned broadcaster Jack Arute exposes readers to a fast-paced world of high-speed thrills and unbelievable wipeouts. Beginning with his first encounter at the iconic race, along with stories from racing legends like Ray Harroun, and memorable races stretching up to the present day, Arute captures an entire culture of its own. NASCAR fans, whether young or old, will revel in the chance to experience the Indy 500 from within these pages. There’s no doubt readers will feel like they’re actually there! Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Sports Publishing imprint, is proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in sports—books about baseball, pro football, college football, pro and college basketball, hockey, or soccer, we have a book about your sport or your team. In addition to books on popular team sports, we also publish books for a wide variety of athletes and sports enthusiasts, including books on running, cycling, horseback riding, swimming, tennis, martial arts, golf, camping, hiking, aviation, boating, and so much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to publishing books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked by other publishers and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

Tony Hulman

The Man Who Saved the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sigur E. Whitaker. ______. “Foyt Captures 4th '500' ... “'Great Blower' Battle.” Indianapolis Star, May 14, 1974, ... “1947 500 Had Similar Driv- ers' Split.” Indianapolis Star, May 24, ...

Tony Hulman

Almost unknown when in 1945 he purchased the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and its famous race, Tony Hulman soon became a household name in auto racing circles. He is credited not only with saving the Speedway from becoming a residential housing development but also with reinvigorating auto racing in the United States. Until his purchase of the Speedway, Hulman had not been involved in auto racing; he was the CEO of Hulman & Company, a wholesale grocer. An astute businessman, Hulman made Clabber Girl Baking Powder a national brand and successfully led the reorientation of the family fortunes to include a range of businesses including a beer company, a Coca-Cola franchise, a broadcast empire, and real estate and gas companies. This biography of Hulman covers his many ventures, particularly the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Indianapolis 500, and his philanthropy.

The Winning Cars of the Indianapolis 500

For the first time since the Indy Racing League (IRL) / Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) split in 1996, Marlboro Team Penske entered the 500 with Dallara-Oldsmobile cars for Helio Castroneves and Gil de Ferran, and Team Green ...

The Winning Cars of the Indianapolis 500

At speeds of over 230 miles per hour, the Indy open-wheel race cars set the bar for American Championship car racing. For over 100 years, the Indy cars and their drivers have drawn hundreds of thousands of spectators to Speedway, Indiana, with another 6 million people watching the race on television or by live stream. In The Winning Cars of the Indianapolis 500, James Craig Reinhardt, author and official tour guide for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, details the history of the famous race and how the open-wheel race cars have evolved over the last century. Starting in 1911 with the first running of the Indy 500, Reinhardt profiles each race and car, including the starting position, engine, tires, race speed, margin of victory, and much more. Featuring nearly 200 images of the automobiles and individuals who make the race renowned, this book showcases the top drivers and how racing has changed through two world wars, the Great Depression, and unforgettable accidents. This beautifully illustrated book is a must-have for veteran and rookie race fans alike.

Racing with Roger Penske

Benner, David, “Team Penske not sandbagging, but still lands 2/3 of front row,” Indianapolis Star, May 16, 1994, 13. 105. “500 lineup,” Indianapolis News, May 16, 1994, 14. 106. Miller, “Rookie engines winless at Indy in 7 decades,” ...

Racing with Roger Penske

Auto racing legend Roger Penske began as a successful sportscar driver before transitioning to owning a race team and opening a car dealership. Within eight years, Team Penske won the Indianapolis 500. Today, the team boasts more than 580 victories, including an unparalleled 18 Indianapolis 500 wins and two at the Daytona 500. Penske's efforts on the track have been intertwined with his business ventures. Penske Corporation, with $32 billion in revenues, includes Penske truck leasing and rentals, retail automotive centers and logistics. In 2019, he bought the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and related assets, including IndyCar, and led both through the coronavirus pandemic, when racing continued with no fans in the stands. This book chronicles more than 50 years of Roger Penske's racing history, with an overview of his business career, including the turnaround of Detroit Diesel.

DieCastX Magazine

Foyt screams through Indy's famed Turn 1 while leading the 1967 event The popularity of the Indy 500 has long been used to market ... Sprint car racing got its start shortly after the World War I. In the early years, the availability of ...

DieCastX Magazine

DieCast X covers the entire spectrum of automotive diecast from customizing to collecting. it takes an insider's look at the history behind popular diecast cars and trucks, as well as how each model has helped shape the automotive industry and motor sports

Cold War America 1946 To 1990

Indy cars came into being for no reason other than competition, specifically in the Indianapolis 500 Race on Memorial Day weekend. Technology concentrated on producing a well-handling ride, a chassis that would stick to the surface when ...

Cold War America  1946 To 1990

Uses statistical tables, charts, photographs, maps, and illustrations to explore everyday life in the United States during the Cold War period.

Never Too Fast

Off the track and in the boardrooms, the racing series was no longer known as Indy car. The split with the Indy Racing League and the ongoing dispute with Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Tony George resulted in the series being ...

Never Too Fast

The true story of the most dangerous racecar driver on the circuit ... Paul Tracy was just a youngster when he discovered fast cars. Growing up in West Hill, Ontario, Paul dreamt of his hero Gilles Villeneuve, and when his father left him at the local go-kart track with a full tank of gas each morning, he retrieved Paul -- and the empty tank -- at night. Tracy rose quickly through racing's minor leagues, setting and breaking records as he went. At 17 he was racing cars with twice the horsepower of the family cars his friends were just learning to drive. Veteran team managers and drivers knew they were seeing someone special on the track: a quiet kid with the looks of a boy scout and the desire of a champion. Soon Tracy dominated kart racing, won at Can-Am racing, and ruled Indy Lights. He then stormed into the Championship Auto Racing Team circuit, racing wheel to wheel with Emerson Fittipaldi and Mario Andretti. In those early races, even driving an underpowered car, Tracy proved he could run with the big boys. But Paul Tracy's success has come with its share of hardships. His aggressive driving style on the cart circuit has made almost as many enemies as fans. He's been criticized, penalized, and vilified both on and off the track. Nevertheless, two things remain consistent -- his desire to drive fast, and his desire to win. When you live in a world of speed and danger, a world where success is measured in tenths of seconds and inches can separate winners from losers, one thing is certain: you can never be too fast.

Indianapolis Monthly

they drive a pace car, receive a Christmas present from the IMS or get free race tickets). FDES: See the CART yearbook. OUTL00K. The Indianapolis business community has taken a beating the past five Mays because of the split, ...

Indianapolis Monthly

Indianapolis Monthly is the Circle City’s essential chronicle and guide, an indispensable authority on what’s new and what’s news. Through coverage of politics, crime, dining, style, business, sports, and arts and entertainment, each issue offers compelling narrative stories and lively, urbane coverage of Indy’s cultural landscape.

Governance in Sport

GOVERNANCE IN ACTION 7.4 The Great Open Wheel Split A classic the “Great example Open of Wheel the unrest Split,” among ... The Indianapolis 500, hosted by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) and run on the Sunday of Memorial Day ...

Governance in Sport

Governance in Sport: Analysis and Application With Web Resource examines governance within sport organizations. Learn legal foundations and agency functions at multiple levels, and examine industry sectors, including sport wagering and esports. The web resource includes 12 in-depth, modern case studies.

The British at Indianapolis

In December of the following year, the US itself declared war on Germany. Rumours that this was to happen had abounded earlier in the year, forcing Carl Fisher to abandon plans to run another 500. The race cars would not return until ...

The British at Indianapolis

The British at Indianapolis recounts the history of the Indianapolis 500 race through the eyes and actions of those British born or British citizens who have driven in it, or been involved in any other way – be it as a designer, mechanic, or official. It also examines the British built cars that have won the Indy 500 and the significance of the rear engined revolution brought to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway by Cooper in 1961, and elevated to success by Lotus and Lola. It includes such names as Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Nigel Mansell and 2010 Indy 500 champion, and two times winner, Dario Franchitti.

Pocono NASCAR s Northern Invasion

Even as the CART-USAC Indy Car war swirled around it with a boycott of top drivers in 1979, owning to a split over control of the lucrative series, and a return to the vicious insult and threats in 1981, NASCAR prospered.

Pocono  NASCAR s Northern Invasion

Pocono: NASCAR's Northern Invasion," by author Joe Miegoc, is the story of how NASCAR stepped into the breach created by the Indy car war of the late 1970s, saved Pocono Raceway from extinction and gave it an expanded national identity. In the late 1970s, NASCAR's northern races were few. One was at Pocono, a unique three-turn track caught in the middle in the CART-USAC war which was about to send Indy car racing's popularity into history's ashbin. As Pocono teetered on bankruptcy, NASCAR founder Bill France convinced Pocono owner Dr. Joe Mattioli to try it one last time. France knew Pocono's strategic value, rewarding Pocono with a second Winston Cup race in the process. Hall of Fame drivers and NASCAR insiders tell how Pocono gave NASCAR expanded exposure to 30 million people in a 300-mile radius of the track. "Pocono: NASCAR's Northern Invasion" tells the story of the third-largest rock festival of the 1970s drawing 200,000 fans, of where Janet Guthrie became the first woman to drive in a 500-mile Indy car race, where Tim Richmond flashed onto the stock-car scene and where Bobby Allison's career ended on a Father's Day afternoon.

Inspired to Design

Tony engineered the split with CART by announcing his new series, centred, of course, around the Indy 500. ... War had been declared, not that it seemed to affect the CART series overmuch with three engine manufacturers: Mercedes ...

Inspired to Design

Nigel Bennett’s unique autobiography describes his life and career, from growing-up influenced by car design, to his education and the building of his 750 specials. He describes his work as Firestone Development Manager, recounting many tales of the outstanding designers and drivers of the period. Detailing his work in Formula 1, as a Team Lotus engineer, and then as Team Ensign designer, he also covers his Indycar designs at Theodore, Lola Cars and Penske Cars. Life after his retirement, his involvement in boat design and with modern F1 teams, are also recounted.