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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.

About Christian Koelle

Christian Koelle

An Ooltewah, TN native, Christian has been writing since July of 2015. In 2017, Christian transitioned from his own blog to a few different websites, joining Frontstretch in September of 2017.
In 2005 Christian attended his first race as a fan at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. He’s been around racing his entire life and enjoys being at the track more than anything. He made his media debut at Bristol in 2015. His favorite tracks are Iowa Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway and Phoenix.
He enjoys talking about racing with just about anyone and makes occasional appearances on numerous radio shows across the country. In his time attending races he’s attended almost ninety races among the six racing series.
Along with NASCAR, He loves Minor and Major League Baseball. He’s a Minnesota Twins and Chattanooga Lookouts. He also enjoys watching Iowa State Cyclones college football.

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