No. 979
January 16, 2018
 

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JANUARY 16, 2019

(INDYCAR)
INDYCAR announced that global information technology and communications leader NTT has signed a multi-year agreement to become the IndyCar Series title partner. In addition, NTT becomes the official technology partner of INDYCAR, the IndyCar Series, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Brickyard 400 beginning in 2019. The announcement was made at the Detroit Auto Show. INDYCAR will partner with NTT to deliver digital innovations that enhance the fan experience. These innovations include the evolution of INDYCAR's mobile application and adoption of NTT's proprietary Smart Platform to support the sport and its venues in delivering better insights into the racing series. "NTT is proud to be associated with INDYCAR and accelerate the future of smart racing. Technological innovations have the potential to change the sport and fan experience drastically," said Jun Sawada, president and CEO of NTT. "NTT, along with our partners, aims to bring the Smart World to life as we have done for Smart City, Smart Entertainment, Smart Mobility and Smart Manufacturing. Based on our lengthy and successful experience, including work in mobile applications, analytics and user experience, we will help INDYCAR create the next generation of fans globally who aspire to enjoy racing through a more digital experience." "Having a strong technology partner is critically important to INDYCAR's continued growth, so we are thrilled to welcome NTT as our new title sponsor. INDYCAR's rise in popularity is a testament to the fact that we've made the sport as accessible as possible to our fans and we plan to continue in that mission," said Mark Miles, president and CEO of Hulman & Company, which owns INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "We have a history with NTT through NTT DATA's involvement in the sport with Chip Ganassi Racing. We know this partnership will help us attract the next generation of fans to what remains the most competitive racing program on the planet."

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After Antonio Felix Da Costa (No. 28 BMW i Andretti Motorsport) and Alexander Sims (No. 27 BMW i Andretti Motorsport) came together with ten minutes left in the race while running 1-2, Jerome D’Ambrosio (No. 64 Mahindra Racing) survived a final lap charge after a late safety car to win the Marrakech E-Prix last weekend, his first on-track victory in Formula E. Robin Frijns (No. 4 Envision Virgin Racing) was second and Sam Bird (No. 2 Envision Virgin Racing) finished third. 
(Indianapolis Motor Speedway)
Will Power and team owner Roger Penske were honored Wednesday night in Detroit for winning the 102nd Indianapolis 500 last May. Both were presented with “Baby Borg” trophies, miniature replicas of the famous Borg-Warner Trophy that boasts the sterling silver likeness of every Indianapolis 500 winner. It was Power's first win in "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing." For Penske it was his seventeenth, extending his dominance as the most successful team owner in Indianapolis 500 history. “In all of the world, there is nothing like the Borg-Warner Trophy,” Penske said. Power plans to put his Baby Borg next to the Astor Cup replica that he earned by winning the 2014 NTT IndyCar Series championship. He has a wealth of other trophies in his basement from 35 career Indy car wins (tied for seventh all time), 54 pole positions (second all time) and 70 podium finishes. But the Baby Borg and Astor Cup replicas will be displayed in a special area at Power’s house in North Carolina – the crown jewels of Power’s outstanding career. The 103rd Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for May 26 and will air live on NBC. Tickets are available at IMS.com.