Howard Augustine Humpy Wheeler, Jr. is the former President and General Manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway, one of the premier auto racing venues owned by Bruton Smiths Speedway Motorsports, Inc. Better known as H. A. or Humpy Wheeler, he has long known as one of the foremost promoters of NASCAR auto racing. During an appearance on the National Public Radio quiz show Wait Wait, dont Tell Me. in July 2006, Wheeler explained the origin of his nickname. He said that when his father had played football at the University of Illinois, he was caught once smoking Camel cigarettes and his fathers friends began calling him Humpy Jr. Growing up through high school, college football, and racing, Wheeler began his promotional career at age nine, selling tickets for a bicycle race. He was a lineman for the South Carolina Gamecocks in the late 1950s. His teammates included future NASCAR communications director Jim Hunter, and Jim Duncan, after becoming the president of Charlotte Motor Speedway, Wheeler earned the reputation for organizing publicity stunts.
In 1984, the show for the World 600 was a reenactment of Operation Urgent Fury. The publicity for this event included Nathans Hot Dog Eating Contest champion Joey Chestnut at the press conference, Wheeler has a personal record of picking the correct winner of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race 10 of the last 19 years. In 2000, much to the dismay of Dale Earnhardt, Sr. Wheeler picked Cup rookie Dale Earnhardt, Jr. to win, in 2005, he picked Mark Martin and Martin won the race. In 2006, he picked Carl Edwards to win, but Edwards finished fourth and he picked Johnson to win the 2007 event, but Johnson finished second to Kevin Harvick. He again chose Edwards to win the 2008 event, but Edwards finished 10th, the Coca Cola 600 held on May 25,2008 was to be Wheelers last race as President of the Lowes Motor Speedway. If we meet again may you be in the palm of God, apparently due to a falling out with Bruton Smith for reasons yet unknown, Wheelers lengthy association with Lowes Motor Speedway was unceremoniously ended.
Smith thereafter wasted no time in appointing his son, Marcus Smith, as the new President and General Manager of the Speedway. Recently, in an off-track but still automotive related pursuit, Wheeler provided the voice for Tex, on August 18,2008, Wheeler announced the formation of The Wheeler Company, a consulting management firm focusing on general business, professional sports, and motorsports. Wheeler serves as chairman, with his son Howard III serving as president, Wheeler was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame on April 27,2006 and to the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America on August 12,2009. In April 2011, Wheeler appeared on an episode of The History Channels American Pickers in which he donated items to be placed in the NASCAR Hall of Fame. In October 2011, Wheeler was announced as one of the principals behind the Grand Prix of America, Wheeler has had a longtime interest in bicycle sports beginning with organizing bicycle races in his early teens
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
New Hampshire Motor Speedway is a 1. Nicknamed The Magic Mile, the speedway is often converted into a 1. 6-mile road course, the track was originally the site of Bryar Motorsports Park before being purchased and redeveloped by Bob Bahre. The track is one of eight major NASCAR tracks owned and operated by Speedway Motorsports. The track opened as New Hampshire International Speedway in June 1990, the existing road circuit was redeveloped into a multi-purpose track, with NASCAR added to the popular Loudon Classic motorcycle, WKA go-kart and SCCA races on the complex. It was the largest speedway in New England, and expansion has made it the largest sports and its construction was extremely unusual for a race track, in that it was designed and constructed without consulting engineers, and using just one surveyor to help. NASCAR made its debut at the track in July 1990, with a Busch Series race won by Tommy Ellis, for three years, the Busch Series hosted a pair of races at the track each year. Loudon gained a spot on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule in 1993, rusty Wallace won the inaugural Slick 50300 in July of that year.
That race was Davey Allisons final race, the next day, in 1996, Ernie Irvan captured the win in the July race, making it one of the more emotional victories in NASCAR history. The win came less than two years after Irvan suffered a crash at Michigan International Speedway, where he was given less than a 10% chance of survival. After the 1996 season Bahre and Bruton Smith bought North Wilkesboro Speedway, the second race is held in the middle of September. From 2004 to 2010, it was the site of the first event of the Chase for the Championship, in 2011, the date was shifted to the second race in the Chase, and currently serves as one of three races in the Challenger Round. The speedway was the first for NASCAR to start the field in two groups under the warm-up laps to help set pit speed, the track hosted open-wheel racing for seven years, hosting CART from 1992–1995, the Indy Racing League from 1996–1998. One of the open wheel winners was Tony Stewart, who won three NASCAR Cup Series races at the track as well.
In 2000, the track was the site of a pair of fatal collisions which took the lives of two promising young drivers, when the NASCAR Cup Series made their first appearance of the season, a similar fate befell 1998 Rookie of the Year Kenny Irwin, Jr. It would be the last one as well, an uneventful Dura Lube 300 won by Jeff Burton and it was the first wire-to-wire race since the 1970s. The 2001 New Hampshire 300 was originally scheduled for September 16, NASCAR initially announced that the race would be held as scheduled, but the event was postponed until November 23 of that year, which was the Friday after Thanksgiving. There was much concern about the weather, but race day turned out to be unseasonably mild, the addition of SAFER barriers to the corner walls was made in 2003. During the September 2003 SYLVANIA300, an incident occurred at this track involving Dale Jarrett where his race car brought out a caution flag
Texas Motor Speedway
Texas Motor Speedway is a speedway located in the northernmost portion of the U. S. city of Fort Worth, Texas – the portion located in Denton County, Texas. The track measures 1.5 miles around and is banked 20° in turns 1 and 2, Texas Motor Speedway is a quad-oval design, where the front straightaway juts outward slightly. The track layout is similar to Atlanta Motor Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway, the track is owned by Speedway Motorsports, Inc. the same company that owns Atlanta and Charlotte Motor Speedways, as well as the short-track Bristol Motor Speedway. The speedway has been managed since its inception by racing promoter Eddie Gossage, however, as the tracks respective racing surfaces continue to wear, qualifying speeds at Atlanta have become consistently faster than at Texas. Brian Vickers holds the record at TMS. In 2006, he posted a 196.235 mph speed, Elliott Sadler beat the record before Brian, qualifying in the 49/50th spot. Being the last person out on the track, Brian nipped Elliott Sadlers qualifying time, the NASCAR records still fall short of the all-time TMS qualifying record though.
Driving a Lola Ford Champ Car, Kenny Brack took pole for the aborted Firestone Firehawk 600, the track was closed with one of the tracks two dates going to both new owners. The North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham, North Carolina was sold to Smith as a result of the Ferko lawsuit with the one remaining date being handed over to Texas. The track hosts two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races, the Rattlesnake 400 and the Longhorn 350, for a short time during construction in September 1996, the tracks name was changed to Texas International Raceway. SMIs customary track naming convention had planned to have the Motor Speedway as part of the name, however, in August 1996, a small quarter-mile dirt raceway in Alvin, Texas had filed suit to use the name. Between 2001 and 2002, the track, after the reconfiguration in 1998, was repaved because of a hole in turn three, on August 17,2010, a press conference was held and it was announced that TMSs spring race will become a Saturday night event in 2011.
The Samsung Mobile 500 was held on Saturday April 9,2011, the same year, the apron of the speedway was repaved. Jeff Burton and Dale Earnhardt, Jr both earned their first Cup win at Texas Motor Speedway. Earnhardts victory was a then-record for fewest races to notch a victory in the era on the Cup circuit, winning in just his 12th start, breaking the record held by his father. (The record has since been broken three times, by Kevin Harvick, Jamie McMurray and Trevor Bayne, on October 13,2000, Tony Roper was racing in the Craftsman Truck Series OReilly 400 at Texas Motor Speedway when he attempted to pass Steve Grissom. However, another truck veered up the racetrack in the tri-oval, forcing Roper to evade, the contact caused Ropers #26 Ford to take a sudden hard-right turn, which caused the truck to slam head-on into the concrete wall of the tri-oval. Roper died the day as the result of the injuries he sustained from the crash
Seating capacity is the number of people who can be seated in a specific space, in terms of both the physical space available, and limitations set by law. Seating capacity can be used in the description of anything ranging from an automobile that seats two to a stadium that seats hundreds of thousands of people. The International Fire Code, portions of which have adopted by many jurisdictions, is directed more towards the use of a facility than the construction. It specifies, For areas having fixed seating without dividing arms and it requires that every public venue submit a detailed site plan to the local fire code official, including details of the means of egress, seating capacity, arrangement of the seating. Once safety considerations have been satisfied, determinations of seating capacity turn on the size of the venue. For sports venues, the decision on maximum seating capacity is determined by several factors, chief among these are the primary sports program and the size of the market area.
Seating capacity of venues plays a role in what media they are able to provide, in contracting to permit performers to use a theatre or other performing space, the seating capacity of the performance facility must be disclosed. Seating capacity may influence the kind of contract to be used, the seating capacity must be disclosed to the copyright owner in seeking a license for the copyrighted work to be performed in that venue. Venues that may be leased for private functions such as ballrooms and auditoriums generally advertise their seating capacity, seating capacity is an important consideration in the construction and use of sports venues such as stadiums and arenas. The seating capacity for restaurants is reported as covers, a restaurant that can seat 99 is said to have 99 covers, seating capacity differs from total capacity, which describes the total number of people who can fit in a venue or in a vehicle either sitting or standing. Use of the term public capacity indicates that a venue is allowed to more people than it can actually seat.
Again, the total number of people can refer to either the physical space available or limitations set by law
Concord, North Carolina
Concord city in Cabarrus county, in the U. S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 79,066 and it is the county seat and the largest city in Cabarrus County. In terms of population, the city of Concord is the second-largest city in the Charlotte Metropolitan Area and is the twelfth largest city in North Carolina, in 2015, Concord was ranked as the city with the 16th fastest growing economy in the United States. The city was a winner of the All-America City Award in 2004, located near the center of Cabarrus County in the Piedmont region, it is 20 miles northeast of Charlotte center city. Concord is the home to some of North Carolinas top tourist destinations, including NASCARs Charlotte Motor Speedway, located in todays rapidly growing northeast quadrant of the Charlotte metropolitan area, was first settled about 1750 by German and Scots-Irish immigrants. The name Concord means with harmony and this name was chosen after a lengthy dispute over where the county seat should be located between the German Lutherans and Scotch-Irish Presbyterians.
By United States standards, Concord is considered an old town, markers identifying the original town limits can be seen in the downtown area. As county seat, Concord became a center of trade and retail for the cotton-producing region, the downtown would be crowded with farmers and townfolk, in addition to lawyers and their clients. During the antebellum era, wealthy was built by planters through the cultivation of cotton as a commodity crop, located in the Piedmont, Concord became a site of industrialization with cotton mills in the late 19th century. Among the owners of the new mills in the area were men of the rising black middle-class in Wilmington, North Carolina and others, who organized Coleman Manufacturing Company in 1897. They built and operated what is believed to have been the first cotton mill owned by blacks in the nation and they hoped to promote economic security for people of color. But the Wilmington Insurrection of 1898, with attacks on black areas of the city, caused many deaths.
In 1900, Dancy was among more than 2000 blacks who left the city permanently after the riot and he moved to Washington, DC, appointed as the federal Recorder of Deeds, and serving until 1910. The mill operated under black ownership through 1904, hitting difficult times after Coleman died, the brick mill building was taken over by Fieldcrest Cannon. Within the North Union Historic District is Memorial Garden, located on 3 acres, the garden winds through the 200-year-old cemetery of the First Presbyterian Church. From the time of incorporation in the late 1700s through the 1970s, since then, most annexations have taken place west of the center-city area towards Charlotte. Portions of the city limit boundary adjoin the Cabarrus/Mecklenburg County line, Concord is located in western Cabarrus County at 35°24′16″N 80°36′2″W. The city is located in the Piedmont area of North Carolina, land left untended will typically return to native forest land within a few years
Rockingham Speedway, formerly North Carolina Motor Speedway and North Carolina Speedway is a closed racetrack located near Rockingham, North Carolina. It is affectionately known as The Rock and has hosted Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series races, Automobile Racing Club of America, the final NASCAR Cup Series race at Rockingham was held on February 22,2004 with Matt Kenseth winning the event. The track opened as a flat, one-mile oval on October 31,1965, in 1969, the track was extensively reconfigured to a high-banked, D-shaped oval just over one mile in length. In 1997, North Carolina Motor Speedway merged with Penske Motorsports, shortly thereafter, the infield was reconfigured, and competition on the infield road course, mostly by the SCCA, was discontinued. Currently, the track is home to the Fast Track High Performance Driving School, The track has used often for television. Rockingham Speedway, known as North Carolina Motor Speedway, was the project of Harold Brasington, Brasington, a land developer, built NASCARs first superspeedway, Darlington Speedway, in 1950.
Land owned the property, which is settled in the sandhills of North Carolina and they went to local lawyer Elsie Webb who assembled a group of backers. The duo sold shares to the locals for $1 per share, the speedway was built as a one-mile oval with flat turns. North Carolina Motor Speedway opened on October 31,1965, holding its first race on the same day, the American 500 was a 500-lap, 500-mile NASCAR Grand National Series race won by Curtis Turner at an average speed of 101.942 miles per hour. Turner dominated the race, which was attended by 35,000 people, leading 239 laps and winning by 11 seconds. The American 500 was the 54th of 55 races in the 1965 season, which included NASCAR legends Cale Yarborough, Richard Petty, Ned Jarrett, Buddy Baker, David Pearson, only 19 of the 43 cars were running at the end of the race. The speedway held two Grand National races the year, the Peach Blossom 500, and The American 500. The Peach Blossom 500 would change names multiple times, usually using the name Carolina 500, the American 500 would change names multiple times as well, ending as the Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn 400.
The first race was held in early March or late February. In 1967 and 1968 the Carolina 500 was run in June, the speedway held two Grand National Series races every year until 2004. The change was made after sagging attendance at Rockingham Speedway and it left the track with only one date, in late February, a highly unpopular date for spectators due to the commonly unpredictable weather. Despite wide speculation that the race was in its year, it failed to sell out. The track indeed hosted its race, the Subway 400
North Wilkesboro Speedway
North Wilkesboro Speedway was a short track that held races in NASCARs top three series, including 93 Winston Cup Series races. The track, a NASCAR original, operated from 1949, NASCARs inception, the track is located on U. S. Route 421, about five miles east of the town of North Wilkesboro, North Carolina. It measures five-eighths of a mile and features a unique uphill backstretch, years before the 1948 founding of NASCAR, Wilkes County and the surrounding areas were known as the Moonshine Capital of America. Its location in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains was convenient for distillers and distributors of moonshine. North Wilkesboro native & NASCAR driver Benny Parsons recalled of the era “Trust me, there was nothing to do in the mountains of North Carolina back in the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s. You either worked at a mill, a furniture factory, or you made whiskey. ”In 1945. Enoch was inspired by the races and was impressed by the crowds attending the new sport. So he decided to build a track in his native Wilkes County and his partners, Lawson Curry, Jack Combs, and Charlie Combs, purchased farmland near North Wilkesboro and began building an oval racetrack.
When their initial investment of $1,500 was exhausted, they were forced to amend the original design of the track, the front stretch was left with a downhill slope, and the backstretch had an uphill slope. Construction was completed in late 1946, North Wilkesboro Speedway opened its doors on May 18,1947 as a dirt track. Bill France promoted the first official event as a Modified race, including heat races, while an attendance of about 3,000 people was expected, a crowd in excess of 10,000 was in attendance to see one of the famous Flock brothers win the race. On October 16,1949, North Wilkesboro Speedway held the eighth, kenneth Wagner won the first Cup Pole at the track with a speed of 57.563 mph on the dirt surface. A total of 22 drivers competed in the race, Bob Flock, in his Bob Christian-owned 1949 Oldsmobile, passed Bill Blairs fading Cadillac with 20 laps to go and won by about 100 yards over Lee Petty. At the end of the day Robert Red Byron walked away as the first NASCAR champion, North Wilkesboro carried a reputation as one of the fastest short-tracks in auto racing in the late 1940s and 1950s.
In 1950, speeds reached 73 mph at the track, compared to the next fastest short-track, Charlotte Speedway, where top speeds only reached 66 mph. Most of the fans in the years of the sport saw the track as notorious for being a great venue to watch races between the legendary racers of the time. Racing at North Wilkesboro was intense and physical, the 1950 Wilkes 200 was the second Grand National Series race held at North Wilkesboro Speedway. Twenty-one-year-old Fireball Roberts qualified with a lap speed of 73.266 mph on the track for his first ever Grand National pole
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Las Vegas Motor Speedway, located in Clark County, Nevada in Las Vegas, Nevada about 15 miles northeast of the Las Vegas Strip, is a 1, 200-acre complex of multiple tracks for motorsports racing. The complex is owned by Speedway Motorsports, Inc. which is headquartered in Charlotte, following the closure of Stardust International Raceway in 1970, plans were developed for a new racing facility in Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Speedrome. It consisted of a course and drag strip, opening in 1972. Richie Clyne of Imperial Palace purchased the track in 1983 and added the 3/8-mile short track in 1985, a new $72 million superspeedway opened on the site in September 1996. The first race at the speedway was on September 15 with an INDYCAR event which was won by Richie Hearn, a NASCAR Truck Series race followed in November. In December 1998, Speedway Motorsports, Inc. purchased Las Vegas Motor Speedway, veteran motorsports publicist Chris Powell was named the speedways president and general manager and still holds that position today.
The Winston No Bull 5 Million Dollar Bonus was held at the track from 1999 to 2002, Jeff Burton won a million dollars in 2000 and Jeff Gordon won the bonus in 2001. Burton and Sterling Marlin were not eligible in 1999 or 2002, the drag strip was relocated into the current The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, while the old drag strip and road course was rebuilt to the current outer 2.4 mile road course in use today. The 3/8-mile oval was rebuilt with a new pit lane and start-finish changed to the opposite side, in 1998, Las Vegas Motor Speedway was sold by Richie Clyne and Ralph Englestad to Speedway Motorsports, Inc. owned by Bruton Smith, for $215 million in December. During the 2004 and 2005 seasons, Champ Car held races at the speedway, in 2006, plans were announced to reconfigure the track after the Nextel Cup Series race held in March, increasing the banking from 12–20°. This reconfiguration entailed progressive banking which increases the degree of banking on a gradient towards the outside of the track, the speedway constructed a fan zone called the Neon Garage.
The speedway moved pit road 275 feet closer to the grandstands, built a new center and added a quarter-mile oval for Legends Cars, Bandoleros. On August 8,2006, the newly reconfigured track reopened to stock cars. Kurt Busch, the 2004 NASCAR Cup Series Champion and Las Vegas native, Burton won the first Nationwide Series race on the new surface, taking a Monte Carlo SS to Victory Lane. The following day, Jimmie Johnson drove a Chevrolet to Victory Lane, in March 2011, Insomniac Events announced that their largest rave festival in North America, Electric Daisy Carnival, would take place at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the first time on June 24–26. More than 235,000 people attended the three-day event, the 2012 event was held June 8–10 with an attendance of 315,000 people. The 2013 event was held June 21–23 with an attendance of approximately 345,000 people, the 2014 event was held on June 20–22, and the 2015 event took place June 19–21. The twentieth anniversary EDC Las Vegas 2016 took place June 17–19,2016, Insomniac has signed a ten-year contract with LVMS to host EDC through 2022
United States dollar
The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States and its insular territories per the United States Constitution. It is divided into 100 smaller cent units, the circulating paper money consists of Federal Reserve Notes that are denominated in United States dollars. The U. S. dollar was originally commodity money of silver as enacted by the Coinage Act of 1792 which determined the dollar to be 371 4/16 grain pure or 416 grain standard silver, the currency most used in international transactions, it is the worlds primary reserve currency. Several countries use it as their currency, and in many others it is the de facto currency. Besides the United States, it is used as the sole currency in two British Overseas Territories in the Caribbean, the British Virgin Islands and Turks and Caicos Islands. A few countries use the Federal Reserve Notes for paper money, while the country mints its own coins, or accepts U. S. coins that can be used as payment in U. S. dollars. After Nixon shock of 1971, USD became fiat currency, Article I, Section 8 of the U. S.
Constitution provides that the Congress has the power To coin money, laws implementing this power are currently codified at 31 U. S. C. Section 5112 prescribes the forms in which the United States dollars should be issued and these coins are both designated in Section 5112 as legal tender in payment of debts. The Sacagawea dollar is one example of the copper alloy dollar, the pure silver dollar is known as the American Silver Eagle. Section 5112 provides for the minting and issuance of other coins and these other coins are more fully described in Coins of the United States dollar. The Constitution provides that a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and that provision of the Constitution is made specific by Section 331 of Title 31 of the United States Code. The sums of money reported in the Statements are currently being expressed in U. S. dollars, the U. S. dollar may therefore be described as the unit of account of the United States. The word dollar is one of the words in the first paragraph of Section 9 of Article I of the Constitution, dollars is a reference to the Spanish milled dollar, a coin that had a monetary value of 8 Spanish units of currency, or reales.
In 1792 the U. S. Congress passed a Coinage Act, Section 20 of the act provided, That the money of account of the United States shall be expressed in dollars, or units. And that all accounts in the offices and all proceedings in the courts of the United States shall be kept and had in conformity to this regulation. In other words, this act designated the United States dollar as the unit of currency of the United States, unlike the Spanish milled dollar the U. S. dollar is based upon a decimal system of values. Both one-dollar coins and notes are produced today, although the form is significantly more common
The road course features 12 turns on a hilly course with 160 feet of total elevation change. It is host to one of only two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races each year that are run on road courses and it is host to the Verizon IndyCar Series and several other auto races and motorcycle races such as the American Federation of Motorcyclists series. Sonoma Raceway continues to host amateur, or club racing events which may or may not be open to the general public, the largest such car club is the Sports Car Club of America. With the closure of Riverside International Raceway in Riverside, California after the 1988 season, NASCAR, wanting a west coast road course event to replace it, Riverside International was razed for a shopping center development. In 2002, Sears Point Raceway was renamed after a corporate sponsor, however, as with many renamings of sports complexes, many people still call it by its original name. Until it can find a new sponsor, the course is simply identifying itself as Sonoma.
The 2. 52-mile road racing course was constructed on 720 acres by Marin County owners Robert Marshall Jr. an attorney from Point Reyes, the two conceived of the idea of a race track while on a hunting trip. Ground was broken in August 1968 and paving of the surface was completed in November. The first official event at Sears Point was an SCCA Enduro, in 1969 the track was sold to Filmways Corp. a Los Angeles-based entertainment company for $4.5 million. In May 1970 the track was closed and became a tax shelter for Filmways after losses of $300,000 were reported, hugh Harn of Belvedere and Parker Archer of Napa arranged to lease the track from Filmways in 1973. In 1981 Filmways regained ownership of the track after a dispute with Black Mountain group. Jack Williams, the 1964 NHRA top-fuel drag racing champion, Rick Betts, the track was renamed Sears Point International Raceway. In 1985 the track was repaved, in part with funds donated from the Pave the Point fund raising campaign. The first shop spaces were built, in 1986 Harvey Skip Berg of Tiburon, CA took control of the track and became a major stockholder in Brenda Raceway Corp. which controlled the track until 1996.
Additional buildings constructed on the property brought shop space to more than 700,000 square feet during 1987, in addition, a five-year contract was signed with the National Hot Rod Association for the California Nationals. The NASCAR Winston Cup Series debuted at the raceway in 1989, in 1994 more than $1 million was spent on a beautification project and construction of a 62-foot -high, four-sided electronic lap leader board in the center of the road course. In the following years a major $3 million renovation plan included VIP suites, in 1995 Trans-Am and SportsCar races returned to Sears Point and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series was added to the major-events schedule. Owner Skip Berg sold the track to O. Bruton Smith, chairman of Speedway Motorsports, major renovations began at Sears Point Raceway in 1998 with the creation of The Chute, an 890-foot high-speed stretch
The IndyCar Series is the premier level of open wheel racing in North America. Its parent company began in 1996 as a competitor to CART known as the Indy Racing League which was created by Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Tony George, in 2008, the IndyCar Series merged with the Champ Car World Series. The series is sanctioned by INDYCAR, due to the legal settlement with CART, the Indy Racing League was unable to utilize the name IndyCar until the beginning of the 2003 season. For 1996–1997, the series was referred to as the Indy Racing League. For 1998–1999, the series garnered its first title sponsor, and was advertised as the Pep Boys Indy Racing League, the contract was not renewed after the second year. In 2000, the series sold its rights to Internet search engine Northern Light for five seasons. After only two seasons, the agreement ended when Northern Light reevaluated its business plan. The league reverted to the Indy Racing League name for the 2002 season, the IndyCar Series name was officially adopted beginning in 2003, as the series was now legally entitled to use it.
Simmons co-authored the new IndyCar theme song, I Am Indy, izod was announced as the series title sponsor beginning on November 5,2009. Exact financial terms were not disclosed but the deal is worth at least $10 million per year, izod ended its sponsorship after the 2013 season. On March 14,2014, Verizon Wireless was announced as the title sponsor. Since the series inception, IndyCar Series events have been broadcast in the United States on several networks, including ABC, CBS, ESPN, Fox Broadcasting Company, Fox Sports Networks, and Spike. Beginning in 2009, NBCSN began a 10-year deal to broadcast 13 IndyCar races per season, whereas the remaining races, including the Indianapolis 500, would remain on ABC through 2018. As of the 2016 season, ABC airs 5 races per season, in the United Kingdom, since the launch of BT Sport in August 2013 races are shown on one of the BT branded channels or ESPN. Previous to August 2013, the IndyCar Series races were broadcasts on the Sky Sports family of networks, the IndyCar Series had highlights of all the races on the channel Five British terrestrial channel and Five USA, but has since been discontinued since the 2009 season.
In Portugal, all of the IndyCar Series are broadcast on Sport TV, in February 2013, Sportsnet announced that it would become the official Canadian broadcaster of the IndyCar Series beginning in the 2013 season in a five-year deal with the series. The new contract will include broadcasts on the Sportsnet regional networks, Sportsnet One, Sportsnet would originate coverage from the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Indianapolis 500, and Honda Indy Toronto with Bill Adam, Todd Lewis, and Rob Faulds. Canadian driver Paul Tracy joined Sportsnet as an analyst, rede Bandeirantes serves as the Brazilian broadcast partner in that country since 1989