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Published March 25, 2013
LOOK WHO'S BACK: The AP reported IndyCar Founder Tony George on Friday "was reinstated" to the Hulman & Co. BOD, "five months after resigning after a failed attempt to reacquire the series." The decision to bring George back onto the board was "made after the family members met in St. Petersburg for their annual shareholder meeting" (AP, 3/22).
STRONG & GROWING? St. Petersburg officials estimate that “more than 100,000 people" attended the Honda Grand Prix over the three-day season-opening event. In Tampa, Mark Puente notes that figure “has grown from 65,000 in 2005.” Tampa Mayor Bill Foster said that he “noticed more people at Friday's events this year than at any other day of the three-day events in prior years” (TAMA BAY TIMES, 3/25).
ON THE RED CARPET: IndyCar driver Dario Franchitti said, “The one really positive thing I see this year is the introduction of the animated film from DreamWorks, ‘Turbo.’ That to me is going to be huge.” He added of the movie characters, “A couple of the drivers will see bits and pieces of other drivers. It’s quite funny. I’ve been involved with it as a consultant, so I’ve been sitting and laughing at different bits. I’ve seen about 80 percent of the film now, and it’s incredible. It’s like working with a race team, a bunch of engineers. The attention to detail these guys have is incredible” (N.Y. TIMES, 3/24).