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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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Wickens undergoes successful surgery

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Just days after successfully piloting an Acura NSX around Toronto’s Exhibition Palace street course, Robert Wickens has undergone a successful surgery operation to remove hardware from his leg after a previous infection had returned, the 30-year-old Canadian revealed on social media Wednesday.

“Spinal Cord injury has such highs and lows,” Wickens said in an Instagram post prior to surgery. “One day I’m in the NSX driving the hand controlled car, and the next day I’m getting ready for surgery. Life is so unpredictable!”

Fortunately, the surgery went well for Wickens, as he later announced that his surgery had no complications. Wickens will now start six weeks of IV antibiotics before he returns to a full rehab program.

“One piece (there’s a lot) of the hardware had an infected screw,” Wickens wrote. “All hardware in my leg was removed.”

Wickens is currently recovering from spinal fracture sustained in an IndyCar crash at Pocono Raceway last August. Since his crash and diagnosis, Wickens has openly documented his recovery process through social media.

Wickens returned to the INDYCAR paddock for the first time since his accident at the season-opener in St. Petersburg in March, and his laps behind the wheel in Toronto last weekend marked the first time he had driven in public since his accident.

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