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IndyCar, Indianapolis Motor Speedway announce several promotions

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With the recent passing of Hulman & Company matriarch Mary Hulman George, and the pending departure of IndyCar Chief Marketing Officer C.J. O’Donnell, the company announced several strategic organizational changes on Monday.

Jay Frye, who has served as head of IndyCar’s Competition and Operations departments since November 2015, has been promoted to President of IndyCar, effective January 1, 2019.

New IndyCar president Jay Frye.

In his new role, Frye will continue to oversee Competition and Operations, and also add Marketing and Communications responsibilities to his duties.

Mark Miles will remain President and CEO of Hulman & Company.

After nearly 20 years as a NASCAR team executive, Frye joined Hulman & Company in 2013 as Chief Revenue Officer for both IndyCar and Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

O’Donnell has served as Chief of Marketing for IndyCar and IMS since 2013. He is leaving the company December 31.

IndyCar Vice President of Communications Curt Cavin and a still-to-be-named replacement for O’Donnell will report directly to Frye.

Other promotions announced include:

* IndyCar Chief of Staff for Competition and Operations, Mark Sibla, will see his role expanded to become Chief of Staff for all IndyCar departments.

* Executive Director of Events at IMS Jarrod Krisiloff has been named Vice President, Facilities and Events, at IMS.

* Dan Skiver has been promoted to Director of Operations for IMS.

* Pat Garlock has been promoted to Assistant Manager, Facilities and Events, at IMS.

* Lastly, Alex Damron has been promoted to Senior Director of Communications for IMS and Hulman & Company. He will also oversee corporate communications.

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Helio Castroneves ‘hustling’ for IndyCar, IMSA rides; talking with four to five teams

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As his season gathers steam, Helio Castroneves said his prospects for finding new rides for 2021 in IMSA and IndyCar also are gaining momentum.

The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner said Monday he is optimistic about landing in either or perhaps a combination of both series when Team Penske and Acura end their DPi partnership after this season.

“A lot of people I spoke with, four to five teams, are interested,” Castroneves said. “Whether it’s doing Indy 500 only, whether it’s pushing to do full time or do the sports cars as well. It’s been a very nice conversation.

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“I have a lot of respect for all the teams that have been talking, and I feel the same feedback. We just have to wait for their (sponsor) connections, and I’m also looking for some connections on my side as well, so hopefully we’ll be able to put this together and get something very soon.”

Given two decades of success with Penske in IndyCar and IMSA, Castroneves’ resume hardly needs burnishing. But the Brazilian has combined with co-driver Ricky Taylor in the No. 7 Acura DPi to win the past two overall victories at Road America and Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

But Castroneves, who doesn’t have a manager, said he has been working the phones hard rather than wait for the strong results to bring in the calls.

“At this point, I feel like I’m the one who needs to be talking to them because people need to know I want to continue racing and understand my desire,” Castroneves, 45, said. “There is opportunity, no question, in both (IndyCar and IMSA), which I’m really happy about it. However, because of the COVID-19, a lot of things sometimes have to be a little delayed. But I’m excited. Whatever the opportunity and whatever destiny guides me, whether IndyCar or sports cars, trust me I’ll be as happy as it could be and doing my 100 percent like I always did.

“It’s like politics, you need to be out there, good news or bad news. People have to make notice of your presence. I’m hustling. I want to continue to keep it going. Hopefully, we’ll have good news very soon.”

The news has been all good lately on track for Castroneves and Taylor, who hope to continue their run Sunday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

The No. 6 duo has surged to sixth in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship standings, 10 points out of the lead with four races remaining. After thinking there was “no hope” to be competitive after opening the season with three consecutive poor finishes, Taylor now sees an opportunity for a happy ending.

“With the program going away, Helio has won all the big races and given so much back to the team and left such a mark, he’s really part of Penske history,” Taylor said. “For me, it’s been an opportunity of a lifetime to be a part of it. I’d like to leave my little mark as well. Helio has won everything except for a championship.

“Obviously, we’ve won races already together, but we can win a championship now. I think if both of us can do that together and both win our first championship for ‘The Captain,’ that would be an absolute dream come true, and we can tie a bow on it and be happy.”