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Naptown Buzz Podcast: December 9, 2016

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Naptown Buzz for Friday, December 9, 2016

Housekeeping

Back after a hiatus to remodel the studio!

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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

INNER BUZZ

Stories so far…

PATREON

Community News

Business News

INDYCAR

Other Racing

Videos

Events

Shoutouts

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Naptown Buzz Podcast: December 9, 2016

Naptown Logo 2016 Color (1200x1200) C

Naptown Buzz for Friday, December 9, 2016

Housekeeping

Back after a hiatus to remodel the studio!

2016-hgg-header-800x200

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

INNER BUZZ

Stories so far…

PATREON

Community News

Business News

INDYCAR

Other Racing

Videos

Events

Shoutouts

DOWNLOAD THE PODCAST

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Juan Pablo Montoya returns to Team Penske for 2017 Indianapolis 500

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Juan Pablo Montoya will return to Team Penske for the 2017 Indianapolis 500, team president Tim Cindric confirmed to INDYCAR. It is currently the only Verizon IndyCar Series race that the two-time Indy 500 winner is scheduled to drive in the 2017 season.

Montoya has won 15 Indy car races in 91 career starts over five seasons. The 41-year-old Colombian drove for Chip Ganassi Racing in CART in 1999-2000 and for Team Penske from 2014-16, with stints in Formula One and NASCAR in between. He won the CART championship in 1999 and the Indianapolis 500 in 2000 and 2015.

Driving the No. 2 Chevrolet for Team Penske in 2016, Montoya finished eighth in the Verizon IndyCar Series standings with a win in the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Team Penske signed Josef Newgarden to drive the No. 2 car in 2017, leaving Montoya without a fulltime seat with the team. When Team Penske announced the addition of Newgarden last month, Cindric said Montoya was offered the opportunity to drive a Team Penske car in next year’s Indianapolis 500.

Montoya explored options with other Verizon IndyCar Series teams but decided a return to Penske gave him the best chance to win a third Indy 500, according to Cindric, who confirmed the agreement today with the INDYCAR Mobile app. Cindric said details of Montoya’s involvement for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil will be announced at a future date.

“He didn’t want to leave the team but wanted to see what else was out there,” Cindric told the INDYCAR Mobile app. “After giving it some thought, he told me the best opportunity was to run Indy with Team Penske, so if the offer still stood, that is what he wanted to do.”

Montoya will complete a Penske armada at Indianapolis that includes the top four finishers in the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series standings – champion Simon Pagenaud, second-place Will Power, third-place Helio Castroneves (a three-time Indy 500 winner) and Newgarden. It will mark the first time for Team Penske to field five cars at “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

“The fact we are going to stay together and try to win Indy together speaks about our relationship between the team and Juan,” Cindric said.

SOURCE: INDYCAR

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Meet Team Penske May 25th at Plainfield Verizon

Indianapolis 500 race fans are invited to meet with Team Penske drivers for a one-hour autograph session at the Verizon Wireless Plainfield store at The Shops of Perry Crossing on Wednesday, May 25.

Brickyard Friday Autograph Session plus Q&A Session Schedule

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series drivers will sign autographs during sessions Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28 during the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Four separate autograph sessions will take place between 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, July 27 at Chalet No. 4 in the Pagoda Plaza during Chevy Day, with Nationwide Series drivers taking part in an autograph session from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 28 in the East Chalet No. 2 in the Pagoda Plaza.

Among the drivers scheduled to participate Friday are Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Danica Patrick. Check www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com for a list of Nationwide Series drivers participating Saturday.

Ticket holders are eligible to participate in the autograph sessions by picking up wristbands, while supplies last, for the autograph session of their choice. Only one wristband will be distributed to each ticket holder, first come, first served.

Wristband distribution will begin at 8 a.m. Friday and Saturday in the East Chalet adjacent to the Pagoda Plaza, with wristbands distributed only for that respective day’s sessions. All adults and children must have wristbands to be admitted to one of the autograph sessions. There is a limit of one autographed item from each driver per person. All autograph sessions on Friday, July 27 will take place in Chalet No. 4 on Pagoda Plaza.

Friday Autograph Session Schedule

  • Session 1 (11-11:55 a.m.): Jeff Burton, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, Danica Patrick
  • Session 2 (12:50-1:45 p.m.): Austin Dillon, Paul Menard, Ryan Newman
  • Session 3 (1:10-2:10 p.m.): Jeff Gordon
  • Session 4 (3-4 p.m.): Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart

A number of GRAND-AM Road Racing drivers and selected NASCAR drivers will sign autographs from 6:45-7:15 p.m. Thursday, July 26 during the Hauler Parade on Main Street in nearby Speedway, Ind.

Fans also can hear from many of their favorite drivers during Q&A and interview sessions on the Chevy Stage during the Kroger Super Weekend located in the parking lot just east of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum.

Q&A Session Schedule

Friday, July 27

  • 11:45-11:55 a.m.: Austin Dillon, Paul Menard, Ryan Newman
  • 12:45-1 p.m.: Jeff Burton, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, Danica Patrick
  • 4:05- 4:20 p.m.: Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart

Saturday, July 28

  • 11:45 a.m.: Justin Allgaier
  • 2:30 p.m.: James Buescher

Sunday, July 29

  • 9:15 a.m.: Jamie McMurray
  • 9:30 a.m.: Paul Menard, Regan Smith
  • 9:45 a.m.: Jeff Burton, Juan Pablo Montoya
  • 10 a.m.: Kevin Harvick
  • 10:30 a.m.: Kasey Kahne, Jimmie Johnson

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INDYCAR and NASCAR Stars to Race in GRAND-AM Brickyard Grand Prix

An impressive list of Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 veterans will compete in the GRAND-AM Brickyard Grand Prix on Friday, July 27 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

It’s the inaugural GRAND-AM race at IMS, as Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype and GT cars will race for three hours on the 13-turn, 2.534-mile Grand Prix road course.

Indianapolis 500 veterans include 2000 winner Juan Pablo Montoya, 2008 winner Scott Dixon, Paul Tracy, Eliseo Salazar, Scott Pruett and Sebastien Bourdais. Brickyard 400 veterans include 2010 winner Jamie McMurray, Montoya, Pruett, Boris Said and Andy Lally. Montoya, McMurray and Dixon are forming an all-star team of Indianapolis winners, sharing the No. 02 Chevron BMW/Riley fielded by Chip Ganassi.

The three-race North American Endurance Championship presented by VISITFLORIDA.com also will be decided at this event, with the Daytona Prototype champion team earning a $100,000 bonus. The special series started with the Rolex 24 At Daytona in January and continued with the Sahlen’s Six Hours at the Glen on July 1 at Watkins Glen International.

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