IndyCar drivers, figures react to Verizon title sponsorship


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.”
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.”

Formula E: Vergne outlasts di Grassi for Punta del Este victory

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Saturday’s Punta del Este ePrix did not disappoint, with Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne and Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s Lucas di Grassi engaging in a thrilling battle throughout the entire race.

Vergne led the way from the pole, having been promoted up the grid after original pole sitter di Grassi was ruled to have cut a chicane during his pole lap, but di Grassi was right on the back wing of Vergne the entire way and made several attempts to get by.

The intense battle between the two, which saw them nearly lock Vergne’s rear wing with di Grassi’s front nose, stayed remarkably clean for the most part, and Vergne was able to hold off all of di Grassi’s advances, a few of which can be viewed below, to take the win.

DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird was also on the charge, the British driver coming from ninth on the grid to take third.

Full race results can be viewed here. The victory sees Vergne extend his points lead over Mahindra Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist, who finished fifth, to 30 points, with Vergne on 109 markers and Rosenqvist on 79.

Bird sits third with 76 points, respectively.