WATKINS: Traditional television ratings can no longer be the benchmark

Imagine the year is 2018, and auto racing is struggling to keep traditional television numbers respectable amid a transforming technological world.  Same-day ratings decline gradually year-over-year, even with some of the most exciting race finishes and championship battles occurring right in the present day.  The traditional tool for sponsorship pull has betrayed motorsports, and even the … Continue reading WATKINS: Traditional television ratings can no longer be the benchmark

Jim Cornelison enjoying opportunity as “Back Home Again in Indiana” singer

By: Tanner Watkins June 13, 2018 | 10:47 AM Following the 2014 Indianapolis 500, fans of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing felt like they had said goodbye to an old friend. Jim Nabors had performed “Back Home Again in Indiana,” a pre-race staple before the ‘500, for the 36th and final time.  One of the … Continue reading Jim Cornelison enjoying opportunity as “Back Home Again in Indiana” singer

Yet to lead a lap in 2018, Dixon still championship caliber

While it hasn’t been a perfect start to the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series championship for Scott Dixon, with all things considered it has been good enough. Following Dixon’s podium finish in the Indianapolis 500 this past weekend (and his 11th career top-10 at the Indy 500), the New Zealand native has kept himself firmly in … Continue reading Yet to lead a lap in 2018, Dixon still championship caliber

Munoz again strong at Indianapolis despite quiet day

While it was maybe the quietest top-10 of Carlos Munoz’ career, the Colombian driver was part of an Andretti Autosport trio within the first seven positions after Sunday’s 102nd Indianapolis 500. After four consecutive starts of 11th or better between 2013 and 2016, Munoz has managed top-10 finishes each of the last two years despite … Continue reading Munoz again strong at Indianapolis despite quiet day

Robert Wickens shines again as Indy 500 rookie of the year

Despite the lack of pace from Schmidt Peterson Motorsports during practice and qualifications for the 102nd Indianapolis 500, Canadian driver Robert Wickens continues to shine as a freshman in the Verizon IndyCar Series. On the final restart of Sunday’s 500-mile race, Wickens was mired back in 19th place with few laps to make anything out … Continue reading Robert Wickens shines again as Indy 500 rookie of the year