By: Tanner Watkins
November 4, 2019 | 12:00 PM
This morning’s breaking news of Hulman & Company’s sale (including the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the IndyCar Series) to Penske Corporation has sent shockwaves through the motorsports community.
More precisely, the IndyCar world is still picking its collective jaw off of the ground following the early-morning announcement. Some of the sport’s most recognizable figures have posted messages and statements on the transition of ownership between Penske and Hulman & Company, and we have compiled some of those here for you.
Take a look below at ‘What They’re Saying’ from around the IndyCar community just a few hours into this massive announcement.
Michael Andretti, Owner of Andretti Autosport
“I think it’s positive news. Roger has always strived to do great things for both IMS and Indy car racing, and I’m sure he will continue to do so in this new ownership position. Both the Indy 500 and the NTT IndyCar Series have been on a rise and I look forward to the continued climb.” SOURCE
Zak Brown, Co-Owner of Arrow McLaren SP
“I cannot think of a better owner than Roger Penske and his corporation to ensure the growth and future of IndyCar. His business acumen and dedication to the sport and passion for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are second-to-none. High confidence in IndyCar’s bright future.” SOURCE
Jim France, NASCAR Chairman and CEO
“The Hulman George family has been instrumental in the growth of motorsports through their passion for racing, elevating Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the IndyCar Series to a global scale, and we thank them for their leadership and significant contributions to NASCAR. Roger Penske is incredibly accomplished across both motorsports and business and we look forward to the successful operation of these properties under his experienced leadership.” SOURCE
Dario Franchitti, Three-time Indianapolis 500 Winner
“Great (and slightly shocking) news that Roger Penske and Penske Corporation bought IMS and IndyCar… Roger Penske’s passion for IndyCar and the ‘500’ plus his business acumen make this a huge win. As all the drivers say at the ‘500’ prize-giving, thanks to the Hulman-George family for their stewardship.” SOURCE
Curtis Francois, Owner of WorldWide Technology Raceway at Gateway
“Roger Penske and his management team have been tremendous supporters of our efforts to improve our facility and grow motorsports at World Wide Technology Raceway. Roger is a respected visionary and has been a significant part of the past, present and now future of INDYCAR racing. Our team looks forward to working with Mr. Penske and the entire Penske Entertainment organization as we plan for the future. We also want to thank everyone at Hulman & Company for believing in us and providing St. Louis with the opportunity to host the greatest Saturday-night event of the season.” SOURCE
Chip Ganassi, Owner of Chip Ganassi Racing
“This is great news for the industry. The news will provide a shot in the arm to both the sport of auto racing and specifically to the IndyCar Series. Roger is a good friend and a class act, and all of his businesses are run well and with integrity. I couldn’t be happier for all of us that are involved with the sport.” SOURCE
Mark Jaynes, Voice of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race
“Stunner for sure! I’ve worked for various Hulman-George family entities for over 30 years and am honored to have done so. Thanks so much. For everything.” SOURCE
Tony Kanaan, AJ Foyt Racing IndyCar Driver
“I’m thankful to the Hulman-George family for giving us the opportunity and having taken care of us for this long and I’m glad it went to somebody that is passionate about the sport and the Speedway. I’m sure Roger Penske will maintain the traditions and values of the Speedway and IndyCar.”
Sage Karam, IndyCar Driver
“Wow, well that’s one way to open up Twitter on a Monday morning! Congrats to Roger Penske. Thank you to everyone at Hulman-George for everything you have provided us drivers to this point. Really cool for Roger. (The) man lives for IndyCar and the Indy 500. We are in great hands!” SOURCE
Pippa Mann, IndyCar Driver
“I can’t think of a better steward for the future of IMS and IndyCar. Working hard and hoping to find my back for the 2020 Indy 500 under Roger Penske’s series and venue ownership.” SOURCE
Patricio O’Ward, Arrow McLaren SP IndyCar Driver
“Wow! Talk about starting off the week with a bang! Congrats to The Captain. I am 100% sure (that) IndyCar is in great hands and I have no doubt he will continue growing the series to really reach its full potential! Mega news!” SOURCE
Bobby Rahal, Co-Owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
“Roger Penske’s commitment to the sport we love is over six decades long and I am confident that his stewardship of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the IndyCar Series will ensure a great future for the sport. His many successful business ventures underline the fact that he is the perfect custodian of one of the most historic venues in the world and is the perfect architect to build the foundation for the next 100-plus years of the sport. We look forward to working with Roger in order to make the IndyCar Series and the Indy 500 the best it has ever been.” SOURCE
Graham Rahal, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing IndyCar Driver
“I can’t help but think that our series and IMS are in great hands. If you know anything about Mr. Penske, it’s that he holds his work to the highest of standards. I have no doubts that we will see IndyCar and the Indy 500 rise to new heights… From one racing family to another, I want to thank the Hulman-George family for their years of service and dedication to this sport that we all love so much.” SOURCE
Zach Veach, Andretti Autosport IndyCar Driver
“Really excited about this… I and everyone else involved have so much respect for Roger and what he’s accomplished since the very beginning. His deep love for our sport is absolutely unquestionable. Looking forward to the future!” SOURCE
We will update this article as more drivers, owners, and personalities speak out on today’s announcement.
Header image by Shawn Gritzmacher/INDYCAR.