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Verizon Departing as IndyCar Entitlement Sponsor After 2018

Verizon will not return as entitlement sponsor following the 2018 IndyCar Series season, IndyCar CEO Mark Miles confirmed, Saturday.

Verizon has been the title sponsor of the series since 2014, replacing IZOD, a deal that was also four years. Miles said the five-season partnership was a benefit for both Verizon and the IndyCar Series fans.

“We truly appreciate the significant resources, both financial and technical, that Verizon has invested in IndyCar,” Miles said. “Our series and sport have benefitted across a variety of fronts as a result of our work together, and they have been great partners.”

While Verizon will no longer sponsor the series, it will continue its relationship with Team Penske, the team that won three of the last four championships.

The series will now have the challenge of finding an entitlement sponsor and signing a new TV deal in the course of one season. The announcement comes a little over a week after the reveal of the 2018 schedule.

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About Christian Koelle

Christian Koelle
Christian Koelle returns to Fronstretch in 2019 in a little different form. After a year and a half of being a news writer, Koelle will contribute ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards content and photography in multiple different series over the course of the season. His favorite tracks include Barber Motorsports Park, Iowa Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, and Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville.

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