Mark Miles: IndyCar plans to return to Iowa Speedway

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After Graham Rahal referred yesterday to rumors that the IZOD IndyCar Series may not return to Iowa Speedway next season, Mark Miles, CEO of IndyCar parent company Hulman & Co., has revealed that he is working on a multi-year agreement with track officials to keep North America’s top open-wheel series racing at the Midwest short oval.

According to Curt Cavin of the Indianapolis Star, Miles said that he expects to see the Iowa Corn Indy 250 remain around its current position on the schedule, although a date for 2014 has not yet been finalized. The series has raced at Iowa since the 2007 season.

Rahal caused a bit of a stir during Saturday’s sessions with his comments, which came as he talked about the hope of a strong crowd for today’s 250-lap race.

“There’s a lot of rumors we won’t be coming back here and I hope that’s not true,” the driver of the No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda told the Associated Press. “I mean, it’s a fun place to go race.”

When asked about Rahal’s comments, Miles said: “I doubt if [Rahal] meant to be setting policy.” The AP also reports that Miles called Iowa a “cornerstone” of the IndyCar schedule.

Red Bull Air Race: Yoshi Muroya joins Sato as Japanese champs at Indy

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Takuma Sato isn’t the only major Japanese athlete to take home top honors at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year. Countryman Yoshihide Muroya joined him in that on Sunday after winning Red Bull Air Race at IMS, and the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in the process.

Fittingly, the 101st Indianapolis 500 champion was there on site to join him in the celebration.

Muroya flew with a track-record run in the final and erased the four-point deficit to points leader Martin Sonka. The record run came after a disappointing qualifying effort of 11th in the 14-pilot field in the Master Class.

A day after the win, Muroya joined Sato in heading to Sato’s new Verizon IndyCar Series team, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s, Indianapolis-based shop.

A few social posts from Muroya’s victory and the subsequent celebration are below.

CHECKING OUT EACH OTHER’S RIDES

ASTLES BREAKS THOUGH AS WELL

Muroya wasn’t alone among big winners at the Speedway. In the Challenger Class, Melanie Astles of France became the first woman to win a major race at IMS, and is the first female winner in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.

Nine women have competed in the Indianapolis 500 (Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. James, Sarah Fisher, Danica Patrick, Milka Duno, Simona de Silvestro, Pippa Mann, Ana Beatriz, Katherine Legge) and Mann is the first woman to have been on the pole position at IMS, having done so for the Freedom 100 in 2010 in Indy Lights.

Photo: Joerg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool