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February 12, 2013

State should help IMS

IndyCar fields growing

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By providing lights, the Brickyard 400 — scheduled during the hottest time of the year in August — could become a night race. That alone would probably attract more people to the event.

It would also make possible a longer duration sports car race, something in the range of 12 hours on the IMS road course.

I’m hopeful lawmakers will determine the long term benefits of supporting the IMS request for funding assistance.

In other racing news: IZOD IndyCar officials recently announced the 22 teams that will be a part of the 2013 Leaders Circle Program, which provides incentives to teams that run the complete schedule. Each team is assured a minimum of $1 million, if they make the field for the Indianapolis 500.

Sarah Fisher Racing, HVM Racing and Dragon Racing were added to the program on options to fill out the program.

Since then, Andretti Autosport announced a fourth full-time team with E.J. Viso as the driver. Viso will join Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and James Hinchcliffe.

Simon Pagenaud will be driving full-time for Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports in 2013.

— Ken De La Bastide writes for CNHI News Service. He may be reached at 765-454-8580 or by emailing to ken.delabastide@kokomotribune.com.

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