INDIANAPOLIS, IN (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The winningest car owner in the history of the Indianapolis 500 is buying the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the NTT IndyCar Series and IMS Productions.
The Board of Directors of Hulman & Company announced on Monday that it has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Penske Corporation, a global transportation, automotive and motorsports leader. Penske Entertainment Corp., a subsidiary of Penske Corporation, will acquire the track, series and production company following government approvals.
“The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been the centerpiece and the cathedral of motorsports since 1909 and the Hulman-George family has proudly served as the steward of this great institution for more than 70-years,” said Tony George, Chairman of Hulman & Co. “Now we are honored to pass the torch to Roger Penske and Penske Corporation, as they become just the fourth owner of the iconic Speedway. There is no one more capable and qualified than Roger and his organization to lead the sport of IndyCar racing and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway into the future.”
George and his family recently decided that it was time to sell the Speedway and reached out to Penske following the conclusion of the 2019 IndyCar season. The acquisition by the Penske organization will carry the future of the legendary Speedway and the Indycar Series forward for the next generation of racing fans.
“My passion for racing began at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1951 when I attended the Indianapolis 500 with my father,” said Penske. “We have so much respect and appreciation for the history and tradition of the Speedway and the sport of IndyCar racing. I want to thank Hulman & Company for the opportunity to build on this legacy and it will be an honor for Penske Corporation to help lead these great institutions forward into a new era.”
Penske Corporation has a history of managing major motorsports properties, beginning with the acquisition of Michigan International Speedway from bankruptcy in 1973. Penske and its subsidiaries also operated the Grand Prix of Cleveland, Nazareth Speedway and California Speedway. Penske Corporation currently operates and promotes the Detroit Grand Prix at the Belle Isle Park street circuit.
Carl Fisher built the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1909. Eddie Rickenbacker purchased the Speedway in 1927 before selling it to Tony Hulman and Hulman & Company in 1945.
The announcement comes one year-and-a-day after the passing of Mari Hulman George, the only daughter of Tony Hulman and Mary Fendrich Hulman. Mari Hulman George, Tony George’s mother, passed away November 3, 2018.
Penske expects the sale to close in January of 2020.