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  • IMS press conference - best news for IndyCar fans in years!!

    "Watch LIVE starting at 1 p.m. today in the IMS Media Center, as Roger Penske is joined by Penske Entertainment Corp. President and CEO Mark Miles and Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles for a special press conference featuring several significant Month of May announcements. #ThisIsMay"

    Any surprises in store?
    "The track will choose who's going to win."

    Tony Kanaan

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    Jenna Fryer is saying an additional 2 million to I500 purse. Acknowledgement that the bathrooms are getting ripped out plus other upgrades to the facility.
    I'd rather have 10% of the world interested in the ICS than 50% of US that NASCAR currently has

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    • #3
      Mark needs to practice saying "Penske Entertainment" a few times!

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      • #4
        "2 Million more" - Check!

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        • #5
          More lap prize money.

          Bump Day stays. 15 more minutes for bumping (75 total). Last row shootout allows multiple tries.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Gizmologist View Post
            More lap prize money.

            Bump Day stays. 15 more minutes for bumping (75 total).
            That and multiple attempts to bump in

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            • #7
              Nine hours of Qual coverage, five on NBC, 4 on NBCSN.

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              • #8
                Keep this thread updated as the conference happens. I am running a webcast and can't watch the presser myself.
                http://theoutlap.wordpress.com

                http://www.twitter.com/cunninghamce

                http://www.twitter.com/theoutlap

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                • #9
                  Pennzoil now official Oil of 500 and Series. Also sponsor Tech Inspection area.

                  Verizon, Snap-On Tools also official sponsors.

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                  • #10
                    DEX Imaging is named sponsor of the Media Center.

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                    • #11
                      Here is the press release:

                      https://www.indianapolismotorspeedwa...020?startrow=2

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                      • #12
                        30 new video boards around the track

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                        • #13
                          Roger sounds really pumped about improving the fan experience!

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                          • #14
                            The bathrooms, video screens, and modernized landscaping will be terrific, but we here I course will care most about....

                            INDIANAPOLIS 500 PURSE

                            The event purse for the 104th Indianapolis 500 will be the largest in the history of the event. The purse will grow by $2 million to more than $15 million, boosting the prize pool for NTT INDYCAR SERIES teams and drivers.

                            INDIANAPOLIS 500 QUALIFYING

                            Qualifying weekend for the 104th Indianapolis 500 - Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17 - will feature a variety of changes to its format and broadcast to create even more memories and drama.

                            Multiple attempts will return to the Last Row Shootout, expanding it to 75 minutes. Previous versions of the Shootout featured one attempt per car. While fans enjoyed that format, feedback indicated they wanted even more drama as drivers try to seize one of the three final spots in the field.

                            A boost in turbocharger level will see speeds climb this year during the Indy 500 qualifying sessions. Turbocharger boost will increase horsepower by 45 HP this year.

                            An expanded weekend TV schedule will ensure NBC televises coverage of qualifications on both Saturday and Sunday, with total network exposure increasing over 2019. Full weekend broadcast details will be released soon.
                            Miller may have fainted on purse news.
                            "If your car was a dog, then you had to figure it out and test your own limits. And we didn't go to a wind tunnel – we did it in the first turn at Indianapolis."

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Gizmologist View Post
                              30 new video boards around the track
                              And 5G coverage as well.

                              "Verizon and their 5G Ultra Wideband network will transform the iconic Speedway into a first of its kind technology-led entertainment complex. IMS will be the first motorsports facility with commercial 5G service that will enhance both the consumer experience and track operations."

                              A large 5G Tower is already under construction across Georgetown Road on the main straight.

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