Brembo signs new agreement as IndyCar brake supplier

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Brembo will remain the exclusive brake supplier for the Verizon IndyCar Series for the 2016 season after signing a new agreement with the championship.

Brembo first became involved in IndyCar back in 1989 before taking up the mantle as the series’ sole brake supplier in 2012. The Italian company also works with teams racing in Formula 1 and MotoGP.

As the finer details concerning 2016 begin to fall into place ahead of this season’s finale at Sonoma in two weeks’ time, INDYCAR has confirmed that Brembo will continue in its role as brake supplier.

“Brembo North America will continue as the exclusive brake component supplier to the Verizon INDYCAR Series for the 2016 season, in an agreement announced today with INDYCAR,” a statement read.

“Brembo’s innovative braking system incorporates lightweight CER200 carbon-carbon rotors (324 mm x 30 mm), similar to rotors used in Formula One and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and CCR400 carbon pads,” Dan Sandberg, president and CEO of Brembo North America, said.

“These long-lasting components are suitable for the variety of racing circuits on the INDYCAR schedule. We’re proud that INDYCAR has selected Brembo products and are looking forward to another great season.”

The 2016 season is due to start in St. Petersburg on March 13, two weeks earlier than in 2015.

Conor Daly honors friend killed Saturday amid Indianapolis unrest

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IndyCar driver Conor Daly posted a poignant tribute to Chris Beaty, a former Indiana University football player and Indianapolis business owner who was killed Saturday amid protests and rioting in the city.

Daly said he got to know Beaty, who owned an event and marketing promotions company, five years ago when he was organizing Indianapolis 500 afterparties.

Daly annually had been involved in Beaty’s parties since then and said Beaty helped get him home earlier this year when Daly’s blood sugar crashed while at an event.

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“The world lost a tremendous person. RIP Chris Beaty,” wrote Daly, who also tweeted “The violence has to stop.”

According to the Indianapolis Star, Beaty died after suffering multiple gunshot wounds during Saturday night’s unrest in downtown Indianapolis. It’s unclear if the shooting was tied to the protests.

Graham Rahal also posted about his interaction with Beaty.

Daly, Rahal and the rest of the IndyCar Series will return to action Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway (8 p.m. ET, NBC).