Nov 3 - Mari Hulman George, former chair of the board
of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, died early Saturday.
She was 83.
Hulman George was IMS chairman from 1988 through
2016. Her father, Anton "Tony" Hulman Jr., purchased
the speedway in 1945 and racing and the facility became a
staple of the Hulman family.
She also fielded an entry in the Indianapolis 500 in 1962
and 1963, with husband Elmer George as the driver. He
finished a career-best 17th in 1962 and received relief help
from Paul Russo and A.J. Foyt during that race.
Hulman George gave the command to start engines for the
Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 from the late 1990s
Born Dec. 26, 1934, in Evansville, Hulman George was a
pioneer female co-owner of a team that raced at the highest
levels of Midwestern auto racing in the 1950s and 1960s.
Hulman George was also known for her philanthropy,
focusing on the arts, health care and, in particular, animal
care. She served on the board for Hulman & Company, IMS
and the IMS Foundation, as well as First Financial Bank, a
publicly traded company headquartered in Terre Haute.
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|RIP Mari Hulman George
1934 - 2018
|Elmer and Mari George, May 1957
|Mari George congratulates stepson Ed Carpenter
for qualifying for the 2005 Indy 500.
2019 Indy Lights Prize Packages
Nov 7 - Indy Lights confirmed the prize packages for
A combined $2 million in scholarships and prizes will be
distributed to assist the champion at each level take the
next step up the North American open-wheel racing
The 2019 champion in Indy Lights presented by Cooper
Tires – the top rung of the RTI ladder – will earn $1.1
million dedicated to at least a three-race program in the
2020 IndyCar Series, including an entry in the 104th
The titlist in the Pro Mazda Championship presented
by Cooper Tires receives $596,700, consisting of a
$500,000 scholarship and $96,700 in Cooper tires and
entry fees toward a move to Indy Lights in 2020.
The winner of the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship
next season will graduate to Pro Mazda in 2020, armed
with a prize package of $305,600 that includes a
$250,000 scholarship and $55,600 in Cooper tires and
The value of Indy Lights was typified in this year’s
Indianapolis 500. Twenty-five of the 33 drivers who
competed in “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” had
experience in at least one "Road To Indy" series earlier
in their careers.
Three of the four 2019 IndyCar Series rookies announced
to date have previous RTI experience. Patricio O’Ward,
Colton Herta and Felix Rosenqvist are all Indy Lights
race winners, with O’Ward claiming the 2018 Indy
In 2019, Indy Lights boasts an 18-race schedule, Pro
Mazda has 16 races and USF2000 has 15. All events will
take place on the same tracks where the IndyCar Series
competes, except for the Pro Mazda and USF2000 races
on the Lucas Oil Raceway oval in May.
All three Road to Indy series kick off their 2019 season
with doubleheader race weekends on the streets of St.
Petersburg, Florida, from March 8-10.
Road to Indy Race Series Information
Hot-head Verstappen Throws Away
Victory at Interlagos
Nov 11 - Max Verstappen, 21, started the Brazillian gp
from 5th on the grid today. He passed both Ferraris and
both Mercedes to take over the race lead in his Renault-
powered Red Bull RB14.
Esteban Ocon, 22, coming onto track with new tires,
tried to pass Verstappen in order to unlap himself. He
was in 14th place.
Verstappen was not going to have it and even though
Ocon was beside him, he cut him off in the apex of turn
2. Ocon hit him and they both spun.
Lewis Hamilton went by and would control the lead
until the end of the race. Verstappen finished 2nd.
Ocon was penalized with a 10-second stop and go.
Although Ocon has the right to try and get back on the
lead lap, he certainly should not do it if it means taking the
leader of the race out. Even if Verstappen had given him
room to get by, within a lap or two, Ocon's tires would be
worn enough where Verstappen would have passed him
Verstappen had a lot more to lose than Ocon and should
have remained calm and protected his car instead of
worrying about a back-marker getting by him temporarily.
Verstappen was furious and cursed over the radio. After
the race, during driver weigh in, he confronted Ocon,
who replied that he was faster, according to Verstappen.
These words and his attitude enraged Verstappen and he
began pushing Ocon with one arm. Later in the interview
with the podium drivers, Verstappen called Ocon a pussy.
Verstappen was then penalized with two days of 'public
service' from the FIA.
2019 Carb Day Concert Announcement
Nov 14 - As often happens, the headliner for Carb Day
will be some has-been rock band from the late 70s.
Foreigner will headline the Miller Lite Carb Day Concert
on Friday, May 24, 2019 at the Indianapolis Motor
The concert starts at 3:30 p.m. on the Miller Lite Stage
inside Turn 4 of the IMS oval. An opening artist will be
announced in the coming weeks.
Foreigner's hits were "Juke Box Hero," "Cold As Ice,"
"Hot Blooded," "Waiting For A Girl Like You," "Feels
Like The First Time," "Urgent," "Head Games," "Say
You Will," "Dirty White Boy," "Long, Long Way From
Home" and "I Want To Know What Love Is."
The only original member of the band is Mick Jones.
The lead singer is Kelly Hansen.