INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indianapolis 500 will have a new presenting sponsor for the next four years.
Race officials announced Thursday that Gainbridge, an online annuity and life insurance company, has agreed to a deal to sponsor IndyCar’s biggest race starting this May. Gainbridge replaces PennGrade, whose three-year deal expired in 2018.
The move comes as preparations for this season kick into high gear.
Series officials announced two weeks ago that NTT, a Japanese information technology and communications giant, would become the series’ new title sponsor. On Jan. 9, NBC announced it would carry eight of this season’s 17 races. Driver announcements have been trickling in, too.
IndyCar’s season opener is set for March 10 in St. Petersburg. The 500 will be held May 26.
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After winning the pole position for the Iowa 300 earlier in the afternoon, Simon Pageanaud was fastest in this evening’s final practice session for the race, turning a lap of 174.462 mph around the 0.875-mile Iowa Speedway bullring.
Pageneaud’s teammate Joesef Newgarden finished the session second-fastest, with an 173.775 mph lap. Newgarden was fastest in the first practice session earlier in the morning.
Ed Carpenter (172.636 mph), who is making his third start of the year this weekend in the No. 20 Chevrolet, completed the session third-fastest. Scott Dixon ended the session fourth-fastest with a 173.775 mph lap.
Conor Daly (170.316 mph) turned some heads and raised some eyebrows when he finished fifth-fastest in the session. Daly is making his second start of the season for Carlin Racing after a respectable 10th-place finish in the Indianapolis 500 for Andretti Autosport.
Colton Herta was sixth-fastest at the completion of the session with a 169.189 mph lap, while Marcus Ericsson (169.089 mph), Will Power (168.558 mph), Ryan Hunter-Reay (168.427 mph), and Alexander Rossi (168.326 mph) rounded out the top ten.
Live coverage of the Iowa 300 begins tomorrow evening at 7:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
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