Former Indiana governor Mitch Daniels joins Hulman board

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Former Indiana Republican governor Mitch Daniels, now the president at Purdue University, has become a member of the Board of Directors for Hulman & Co., which oversees INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Daniels served two terms as the Hoosier State’s governor before taking over as Purdue’s 12th president in school history following the end of his term in January of 2013.

“I spent many a Memorial Day weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway growing up in Indianapolis, and there’s no more iconic racing facility in the world,” Daniels said in a statement released by IMS.

“Anything a Hoosier can do to help this priceless state asset, he should do. The connection between Purdue and Hulman & Company is already strong and this new relationship will take us even further.”

Purdue has a heavy involvement in Indiana’s motorsports industry. Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) offers bachelor’s degrees in motorsports engineering, and IMS and Purdue have worked together on multiple initiatives from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education projects to gate entry plans for the Speedway’s major events.

“We’re honored that Mitch has agreed to serve with us during this period of renewed focus on economic development and infrastructure improvement,” said Hulman board member Andre Lacy in his own thoughts.

“We are positioned for growth in our business units like no time in our history, and Mitch’s business acumen and understanding of the heritage of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are tremendous assets.”

Daniels waved the green flag to start the 2012 Indianapolis 500.

Three in position to capture World Rally Championship title at Rally Australia

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COFFS HARBOUR, Australia (AP) Defending champion Sebastien Ogier goes into this weekend’s Rally Australia with a chance to clinch his sixth World Rally Championship in a row. Thierry Neuville, a runner-up four times but never a champion, hopes to change the world order.

Neuville led the series for much of the season but Ogier’s win in Britain and a second place in Spain has given the Frenchman 204 points, three ahead of Neuville, heading into the final rally of the championship.

“We are not the best friends but we are rivals and respect each other for our performances,” Neuville said Wednesday. “I’ve been second many times in the championship now, we are so close to the main goal.”

“If we need to take more risks because we need to pass Sebastien we’re going to try,” the Belgian driver added, “we’ll take the maximum risks.”

Ogier says the feeling is mutual when it comes to his main rival.

“We are different, definitely, but most important we’re in a great fight together and respect each other for that,” Ogier said. “It’s about trying to beat each other and do it with respect.”

Ott Tanak of Estonia sits 23 points behind and with 30 points for a win in Australia, and other results going his way, he could also capture the world title.

Ogier will be hoping for some Friday morning rain to settle the dust and gravel before he sets off first on what will be more than 300 kilometers (180 miles) of timed racing through forests on the New South Wales state’s north coast, about 530 kilometers (325 miles) north of Sydney.

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