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Hayden Remembered as Fan Favorite at IMS

2006 MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden never won a race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but “The Kentucky Kid” still was one of the most popular, talented and respected racers on two or four wheels to compete at the Racing Capital in the World in the last decade.

Hayden, from Owensboro, Kentucky, passed away May 22 from injuries suffered when he was struck by a car while cycling May 17 in Rimini, Italy, where he was preparing for the next round of the World Superbike Championship. He was 35.

“Everyone at IMS mourns the loss of our friend Nicky Hayden,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “When you met Nicky, you immediately felt you had known him for years. His humility and sincerity always made genuine connections with everyone, as he truly was one of the nicest guys you could ever meet in racing. Nicky was a tireless ambassador for MotoGP at the Speedway and a passionate supporter of all events at IMS.

“When MotoGP first came to IMS in 2008, we soon learned family and his beloved Owensboro meant everything to Nicky. We offer our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to his parents, Rose and Earl; his fiancée, Jackie; his brothers, Tommy and Roger; his sisters, Jenny and Kathleen; and to all his friends, teammates and legions of fans around the world. He will always be remembered fondly at IMS.”

Hayden raced in six of the eight Red Bull Indianapolis GP events at IMS from 2008-15, competing for Repsol Honda, Ducati and the Aspar Racing Team. He finished on the podium in his first two starts at IMS, placing second in 2008 with Repsol Honda and third in 2009 with Ducati. He missed the 2012 race due to a broken hand suffered in a crash during qualifying and the 2014 race due to a wrist injury.

“The Kentucky Kid” was arguably the most popular rider during MotoGP’s eight-year run at IMS, rivaled only by his good friend and seven-time MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi. Hayden’s trademark No. 69 was seen on hats, T-shirts and banners everywhere at IMS, and big crowds flocked to fan forums in the infield to hear his self-effacing, funny answers to questions in his inimitable Kentucky twang.

Hayden also worked eagerly and often to promote the Red Bull Indianapolis GP, visiting the track and meeting media and racers from IndyCar and NASCAR during the Indianapolis 500, Brickyard 400 and other events.

In 2008, Hayden was the centerpiece of two of the most memorable promotional activities in recent IMS history. He eagerly donned a period-specific leather cap, goggles, IMS sweater, knickers and riding boots to turn the first laps on the newly paved IMS motorcycle road course on an Indian motorcycle that competed in the first motorized race at the Speedway, in 1909. A month later, he rode a long, smoky burnout down the front straightaway and across the Yard of Bricks on his high-revving Repsol Honda, carrying an American flag, during pre-race ceremonies for the Indianapolis 500.

SOURCE: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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MotoGP Will Not Return to IMS in 2016

Following eight years of delivering world class motorcycle racing, the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix will not be on the 2016 event schedule for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The award winning MotoGP event was first hosted at IMS in partnership with Dorna Sports in September of 2008. The cancellation of the race was a mutual decision by both parties.

MotoGP Will Not Return to IMS in 2016

Following eight years of delivering world class motorcycle racing, the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix will not be on the 2016 event schedule for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The award winning MotoGP event was first hosted at IMS in partnership with Dorna Sports in September of 2008. The cancellation of the race was a mutual decision by both parties.

2015 Red Bull Indianapolis GP Schedule

A day-by-day look at the on- and off-track happenings for fans at the eighth annual Red Bull Indianapolis GP, Aug. 7-9, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

2015 Red Bull Indianapolis GP Schedule

A day-by-day look at the on- and off-track happenings for fans at the eighth annual Red Bull Indianapolis GP, Aug. 7-9, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Marc Marquez wins 2014 Red Bull Indianapolis GP

Marc Marquez’s perfect season rolls on.

The Spaniard pulled away in the second half of the Red Bull Indianapolis GP on Sunday, beating Jorge Lorenzo by 1.803 seconds to win for the second consecutive year on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and continue an incredible 2014 season.

Marc Marquez on pole for Red Bull Indianapolis GP

Reigning MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez of Spain posted a lap of 1 minute, 31.619 seconds on Saturday on his Repsol Honda to win the pole for Sunday’s Red Bull Indianapolis GP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Marquez, the winner from the pole at last year’s Red Bull Indianapolis GP, has now won eight pole […]

Motorcycles on Meridian August 8th & 9th

If you’re looking for the best in world-class motorcycle racing, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the place to be this weekend for the Red Bull Indianapolis GP. If you’re looking for the best in motorcycle culture, Monument Circle and South Meridian Street in downtown Indianapolis is the place to be on Friday and Saturday night. […]

Red Bull Indianapolis GP Schedule

A day-by-day look at the on- and off-track happenings for fans at the Red Bull Indianapolis GP, Aug. 8-10, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. FRIDAY, Aug. 8 Gates Open 8 a.m.-7 p.m. On-Track Schedule 9-9:40 a.m.                         Moto3 Practice 9:55-10:40 a.m.                  MotoGP Practice 10:55-11:40 a.m.                Moto2 Practice 11:55 a.m.-12:20 p.m.        AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series Practice 1:10-1:50 […]

Mini Moto in Broad Ripple August 3rd

This Sunday head to Broad Ripple for the Red Bull Mini Moto, which will take place at 1PM between Guilford Ave and Carrollton Ave. Follow along via the hash tag #MiniMoto.