Indy Mile Gets TV Deal

Paul Carruthers | February 19, 2008
The following is from the Indy Mile…

The name-in-title sponsor of the AMA Flat Track Grand National motorcycle race returning to the Indy Mile on Saturday, September 13, 2008 will be the Lucas Oil Company. The Lucas Oil sponsorship of the long-awaited race on the legendary one-mile dirt oval at the Indiana State Fairgrounds will also make possible a rare televised appearance of flat track racing on national television. Coverage of the Lucas Oil Indy Mile Flat Track Grand National will be shown via tape-delay on the Versus channel as part of the Lucas Oil Motorsports Hour series that airs weekly from March through December. The event, held in conjunction with the inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis GP Moto GP weekend, will be Saturday, September 13, 2008 from 4:00pm to 10:00pm at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 E. 38th St. in Indianapolis. The telecast is tentatively set for October 4th.

The Lucas Oil Indy Mile AMA Flat Track Grand National returns the “crown jewel” of the American Motorcyclist Association’s oldest and most traditional professional racing series to Indianapolis, the Racing Capital of the World. Coincidentally, Indianapolis will also open the magnificent new “Lucas Oil Stadium”, new home of the Colts in 2008.

Bob Patison, vice-president of Lucas Oil commented on his company’s commitment to the race and telecast: “We are pleased to be the name-in-title sponsor of the Lucas Oil Indy Mile. Our involvement is great platform to help launch our Lucas Oil High Performance Motorcycle Oil. The Lucas Oil Motorsports Hour is a program dedicated to promoting grassroots motorsporting events, and the telecast of the Indy Mile will nicely round out our lineup of events for the 2008 season.”

In addition to the Indy Mile title sponsorship and television broadcast, Lucas Oil is also bringing “Team Lucas” group of brands to support the event. This very diverse group of top brands have been attracted to become official product sponsors of the Lucas Oil Indy Mile AMA Flat Track Grand National and each will have a strong presence at the race. Official product sponsors include: General Tire, Super Clean Degreaser, E3 Spark Plugs, Fatheadz Eyewear, Jim Beam, K&N, Dixie Choppers, R&L Carriers, and Torco Fuels.

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Paul Carruthers took over as the editor of Cycle News in 1993 after serving as associate editor since starting his career at the publication in 1985. Carruthers has covered every facet of the sport in his near-28-year tenure at America's Daily Motorcycle News Source.