IndyCar drivers, figures react to Verizon title sponsorship

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After having been rumored for weeks, Verizon’s new title sponsorship of the IndyCar Series was finally confirmed this morning. The telecommunications giant will look to succeed where past series sponsors have failed over the last decade and a half, and that’s bringing the sport to a wider audience.

As you’d expect, reaction from within the sport has been very positive over the news. We’ve collected a smattering of social media posts from various drivers and team owners that have tweeted their two cents on the subject.

A few important figures have also released statements on the news…

Roger Penske, owner for Team Penske
Verizon Wireless has been a terrific partner for Team Penske and as a global leader in technology and communications the company is a perfect fit as a title sponsor for the Verizon IndyCar Series. We have seen how much Verizon cares about advancing technology in racing and how it can help bring the sport closer to the fans. Verizon has tremendous passion for IndyCar racing and their vision, dedication and commitment will be a great benefit to the Verizon IndyCar Series and its future.”
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Chip Ganassi, owner for Target Chip Ganassi Racing
“This is big news for the series. With Verizon’s global reach they should be able to do a lot to help us all grow this tremendous sport throughout the world.  They have always been an innovative company and ultimately I think their brand pairs well with the series. I am very pleased with the announcement.”

Ed Carpenter, driver/team owner
“We couldn’t ask for better a partner. Verizon has been an aggressive sponsor in the IndyCar Series for several years. The Verizon brand is one of the most well-known and established in North America. The new partnership is a great match for the high-tech world of IndyCar racing.”

Scott Dixon, defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion
“It’s obviously a huge announcement for our sport and the series. Verizon has been a very visible partner of the series the past several years. I’m really looking forward to seeing them activate their partnership and growing the sport we all love.”

Ricciardo: Red Bull has ‘decent chance’ of Abu Dhabi F1 victory

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Daniel Ricciardo believes Red Bull stands a “decent chance” of signing off from the 2017 Formula 1 season with a victory in next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

After a slow start to the year, Red Bull made massive gains across the course of the season by developing its RB13 to end the season as front-runners, rivaling Mercedes and Ferrari for pace.

The Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi has a number of slow-speed sections that should suit the RB13 car, with Ricciardo optimistic about his chances of not only ending his podium drought at the track, but even winning the race.

“Yas Marina has actually been one of my favorite tracks over the years,” Ricciardo said in Red Bull’s pre-race preview.

“It’s been a bit like Suzuka for me though, a track that I’ve always enjoyed and gone well on but not quite reached the podium at. I broke that trend in Suzuka this year so hopefully I can do the same in Abu Dhabi.

“When you have so much time away from the car in the off season it helps to sign off with a strong result as it makes you feel like you really deserve a break.

“I think we should have a strong car in Abu Dhabi. I said I want another win before the season is out and I think we have a decent chance of achieving that.”

Red Bull has claimed three race wins through 2017, with Ricciardo’s victory in Azerbaijan being followed up by successes for teammate Max Verstappen in Malaysia and Mexico.