Conway confirmed in Dale Coyne’s second car for Detroit


Mike Conway will drive Dale Coyne Racing’s No. 18 Honda in this weekend’s Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit. Conway takes over from Ana Beatriz, whose program ran through Indianapolis and culminated in a respectable 15th place finish.

Conway, who races full-time this year in the FIA World Endurance Championship, qualified fifth in his only start of 2013 for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing on the streets of Long Beach.

“I am very thankful for this opportunity with Dale and look forward to having a race weekend where I will have two chances to race with my fellow competitors,” he said in a release. “I miss being in the car full time, and teaming with Justin again will be quite exciting for me.”

Conway and Coyne teammate Justin Wilson were also teammates with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing in 2010. Interestingly, the situation in the No. 18 for the rest of the season could play out similarly to the last time these two were together.

Conway’s injuries suffered in the 2010 Indianapolis 500 cost him the rest of the year, and a consortium of drivers including Beatriz, Tomas Scheckter, Paul Tracy, Graham Rahal and JR Hildebrand all filled in his stead.

The DCR team release said the team will be looking at several combinations for the summer and fall races. Stefan Wilson, Justin’s younger brother, appeared close to a partial deal at the start of the season.

That wouldn’t be a first. In 2005, Coyne’s second car had six different drivers, in 2003, it had four different drivers, and in 1997, it had five different drivers.

NTT re-signs as IndyCar title sponsor in multiyear deal starting with the 2024 season

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The IndyCar Series has re-signed NTT as its title sponsor in a multiyear agreement starting in 2024.

NTT, a global information technology and communications company based in Japan, became the series’ title sponsor before the 2019 season after starting as a sponsor of the No. 10 Dallara-Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing.

NTT Data (a subsidiary of parent company Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp.) will remain the official technology partner of IndyCar, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Indy 500 and the NASCAR Brickyard weekend.

With the extension, an IndyCar spokesman said NTT would become the second-longest title sponsor in series history. The longest title sponsor was PPG from 1980-97 (under the CART sanction of the Champ Car Series).

NTT replaced Verizon, which was IndyCar’s title sponsor from 2014-18 after IZOD from 2010-13.

“NTT is an excellent partner across our enterprise with strong expertise and a deep commitment to our sport,” Penske Corp. chairman and IndyCar owner Roger Penske said in a release. “From Smart Venue technology at the Racing Capital of the World to the reimagined Series mobile application, NTT is transforming the fan experience in new and innovative ways. We look forward to a bright future together.”

NTT has used artificial intelligence-enabled optical detection technology at IMS to provide information to the track’s operations and security teams, helping improve fan traffic flow and safety, the track said.

“IndyCar is a great partner for NTT Data because of our shared commitment to driving innovation, increasing sustainability and delivering amazing experiences,” NTT Data CEO Kaz Nishihata said in a release. “We also appreciate how IndyCar is so diverse, with drivers from 15 different countries, and races that range from short ovals and superspeedways to road and street courses. It’s both an incredible sport and a wonderful example for our world.”

NTT also has been instrumental in helping redesign the IndyCar app and providing more race and driver data for use in NBC Sports’ broadcasts by utilizing 140 data points from every car in the field.

“NTT is fully invested in the development and growth of our sport and has already established a terrific track record in our industry with problem-solving capabilities and access to top talent and tools,” Penske Entertainment president and CEO Mark Miles said.

Said NTT Data Services CEO Bob Pryor: “We’re thrilled to continue our collaborations that enhance and expand the fan experience for motorsports and serve as proof points for data analytics, AI, and other innovative digital technologies. For more than a century, this racing series has pioneered innovations making driving safer for everyone, and by continuing this relationship, we will accelerate the pace of innovations and new technologies, particularly related to sustainability that ultimately can benefit organizations, communities and individuals around the world.”

Starting as a Japanese telephone company, NTT grew into a $100 billion-plus tech services giant with U.S. operations based in Plano, Texas.