IndyCar News Bits


Verizon IndyCar Series driver Sebastien Bourdais, who has twice co-driven to victory in the V8 Supercars event at Surfers Paradise, Australia, will compete in the three Pirtek Enduro Cup races with Walkinshaw Racing. Co-driving with Lee Holdsworth, the first race is this weekend at Sandown. Bathurst and Surfers Paradise also are part of the Pirtek Enduro Cup races.

Verizon IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe will be welcomed as an honorary police officer of the Halton (Ontario) Regional Police Service on Sept. 11. Hinchcliffe, a native of Oakville, Ontario, will be a police ambassador as part of the "Stay on Track" campaign to enhance pedestrian and road safety across the region.

The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum on the grounds of Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala., is undertaking a major expansion. Barber Motorsports Park has hosted the Verizon IndyCar Series race weekend since 2010. The museum, which opened in October 2003, will add more than 84,000 square feet for a total of almost a quarter-million square feet on five floors.

Charitable programs combined to raise more than $55,000 during the Verizon IndyCar Series' championship-deciding GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma weekend at Sonoma Raceway. Proceeds from the majority of events will benefit Sonoma County youth organizations through the Sonoma Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities.

Rides in the INDYCAR Racing Experience street-legal two-seater will be available during the 12th Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Motorsports Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET Sept. 10. Hosted by the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology and the Motorsports Club, Motorsports Day gives students and racing fans a look into multiple forms of motorsports and career opportunities. IUPUI is home to the nation's only motorsports engineering program.

Green Savoree Racing Promotions, organizer of the Honda Indy Toronto, announced that Jeff Atkinson has been promoted from vice president to president of the annual event at Exhibition Place. Atkinson, who for 10 years managed sponsorship, ticket and hospitality sales, takes over for Charlie Johnstone.

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