IndyCar revving up tons of momentum for 2019 season

IndyCar revving up tons of momentum for 2019 season
IndyCar driver Marcus Ericsson, of Sweden, speaks with fellow driver Ed Jones during IndyCar auto racing media day, Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Stephen Spillman)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — IndyCar heads into 2019 with everything going in the right direction.

The series has a new long-term sponsor in Japanese communications giant NTT. Firestone has extended its tire supplier deal for five more years. A new broadcast deal with NBC is set to launch. The driver pool keeps building talent and the series is adding a long-awaited stop in Texas and bringing back an old one in California.

Veteran driver Tony Kanaan says the momentum building for the year is the best he has seen “by a long shot.”

The 17-race IndyCar season opens on March 10 in St. Petersburg, Florida, before making its debut at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas, a track that has hosted Formula One’s U.S. Grand Prix since 2012.

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