Notes from PRI
Steve Wittich here. I had a chance to spend Thursday and Friday at the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show in Indianapolis. The show features over 1,100 racing related exhibitors that include sanctioning bodies all the way down to small local track suppliers. The show also features dozens of seminars, running the gamut from engine tuning to marketing and sponsorship. I was only able to attend one seminar this year, but there were others that I certainly would have liked to attend.
IndyCar has a brand new booth this year, and it's very impressive. The three-sided booth featured an IndyCar mounted to the wall, a stage and big screen for panel discussions, and a replica of Will Power's Verizon Team Penske car hooked up to a simulator for show attendees to try out. It was topped off by a cylindrical video screen that was constantly showing highlights from the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
IndyCar had an impressive host of announcements and panel discussions that included drivers, team owners, partners and IMS executives. They were all very informative and entertaining.
Last year was the first time that I had attended PRI and the improvement in the engagement and content of the IndyCar booth was massive.
New Teams, New Drivers Join Burgeoning Indy Lights Field
Numerous recent announcements show a strong field shaping up for the 2015 season of Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires. Powerhouse organizations Andretti Autosport and Carlin are the latest to commit to the reinvigorated series this week, bringing the total registered team count to 12.
Additional teams on the roster include 8Star Motorsports, Belardi Auto Racing, Bryan Herta Autosport, Conquest Racing, Dragon Motor Racing, Fan Force United, Juncos Racing, McCormack Racing, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports w/ Curb-Agajanian and Team Moore Racing.
The most recent driver announcements highlight the success of the unparalleled Mazda Road to Indy program with a trio of Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires graduates taking the next step on the ladder including champion Spencer Pigot who joins Juncos Racing alongside teammate Kyle Kaiser, and Shelby Blackstock at Andretti Autosport. Additional driver announcements are expected next week during the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) trade show in Indianapolis, Ind.