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Mike Hull oversees Chip Ganassi Racing’s Indianapolis-based racing programs as the team’s Managing Director. He is the race strategist for the No. 9 Target Chevrolet driven by three-time and reigning IndyCar Series Champion and 2008 Indianapolis 500 Winner Scott Dixon.
The Los Angeles, California native has the unique distinction of playing a part in each of Target’s 10 Indy car championships, four Indianapolis 500 victories and 93 Indy car wins.
Hull began his career with the team in 1992 and resides in Indianapolis.
Rodger Ward Jr
Rodger’s dad, Rodger Sr, was a two time Indy 500 winner in 1959 and 1964. During those years Rodger Jr was along side his Dad. Being involved with his Dad get Rodger Jr into racing where he was involved for a good portion of his life.
Why did he not follow in his Dad footsteps? We’ll ask. Leaving the racing world he started a very successful computer parts business.
Now Rodger and his lovely wife June are retired to their home in Manhattan Beach, California where they spend much time at thwe Pacific beach just a block and one half from their home. rodger also fishes when they are not traveling.
Fred Treadway (right) with Arie (in the middle)
Fred is a former auto racing team owner that competed in the early seasons of the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series. Prior to the IRL’s inaugural season in 1996, Treadway was able to sign former Indianapolis 500 Champion Arie Luyendyk to drive for his freshman team. Additionally, two long time backers of IndyCar teams, Bryant Heating & Cooling Systems and Jonathan Byrd’s Cafeteria, were secured as sponsors. Luyendyk brought home the team’s first win in their second race together, winning the Dura-Lube 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. Later that season Luyendyk would set two qualifying records at the Indianapolis 500. Luyendyk would run 236.986 mph (381.392 km/h) over the four lap run, during this run he also set the one-lap record of 237.498-mph. This run would not put Luyendyk on the pole position however, as the run was on the second day of time trials. Luyendyk’s attempt on the first day of qualifications was disallowed when he failed technical inspection although it was good enough for the pole. His day two attempt was faster than his day one attempt. Ultimately Luyendyk was knocked out of the race in an accident.
The following year, good fortunes would continue to the race into the race as Luyendyk would win the 1997 Indianapolis 500 for Treadway Racing from the pole; new teammate Scott Goodyear finished second, making it a 1-2 sweep for Treadway Racing. Luyendyk would follow up by winning the True Value 500 at Texas Motor Speedway a fortnight later. The race is best remembered for the scoring controversy that would lead to USAC being removed from sanctioning duties by the IRL. Goodyear’s more consistent results would put him one spot ahead of Luyendyk in the final season standings for 1997 despite not collecting a win. For 1998 Goodyear left Treadway Racing, leaving Luyendyk as the sole driver. Luyendyk won the final race of the season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway before retiring from full-time racing.
Sam Schmidt was signed to replace Luyendyk for 1999 season. He would deliver the team a win at Las Vegas as Luyendyk had the prior season. This late season win combined with finishing 5th in the final season standings gave the team high hopes for 2000. An opportunity to achieve this success would not occur as a devastating pre-season testing injury at Walt Disney World Speedway would leave Schmidt paralyzed. The accident would leave Robby McGehee who had been signed to partner Schmidt as the team’s sole driver. McGehee would only last one season. Felipe Giaffone would take the team’s seat in 2001, bringing with him personal sponsorship from Hollywood Cigarettes. Ross & Diana Hubbard also joined the team as partners to Fred Treadway. Giaffone and the Hubbards would also last only one season. For 2002 Treadway’s son Rick Treadway drove for the team for the first half of the season with Will Langhorne competing select events at the season’s end. As teams from the CART World Series began to enter the IRL costs began to rise and squeeze out small teams such as Treadway Racing. The 2002 Chevy 500 at Texas Motor Speedway was Treadway Racing’s final race in the Indy Racing League’s top series.
Santiago “Santi” Urrutia
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ departure from the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires series over the winter, as first reported by Trackside Online, was that series’ biggest story of the offseason. Fortunately, with most of its equipment having found homes in other teams, the car count only dropped by one from the St. Petersburg 2016 season-opening weekend from 16 cars to 15.
However, keen-eyed observers at St. Petersburg will have noticed Arrow Electronics signage appearing on Santiago Urrutia’s red No. 5 Belardi Auto Racing car at the season opener. It was a sign that although SPM the team was gone, there was still enough interest with Urrutia, who nearly won last year’s title for the team, that the story was going to play out more into 2017.
That first glimpse at a greater alignment has now been acknowledged formally by both sides, SPM and Belardi Auto Racing having announced a “driver development program partnership” on Thursday which will now see Urrutia’s car fully adorned in the same Arrow Electronics gold and black colors as James Hinchcliffe’s No. 5 Arrow Electronics Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda in the Verizon IndyCar Series.
Shelby Blackstock’s dream of being a professional driver truly began to take shape in January 2010 when he attended the highly touted Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Racing, quickly turning heads during the four days of classes. A few months later Blackstock attended the the Skip Barber Racing School before making his official racing debut on Aug. 28, 2010 at the Mustang Challenge Miller Cup. The start of 2011 saw Blackstock at legendary Daytona in the Continental Tire Challenge Grand-Am 200.
Blackstock is the son of country legend Reba McIntire. Away from the track, he enjoys golf, working out, rock climbing, and, when time permits, returning home to Nashville and hanging out with friends.
Hobbies: Golf, working out, rock climbing, hanging out with friends, working on cars (street and race cars)
Racing goal: To be a successful race car driver, make it up the Mazda Road to Indy ladder and become an Indianapolis 500 winner/IndyCar champion
Racing heroes: Ayrton Senna, Dan Wheldon, Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen
My fitness routine includes: I work out six days a week doing a mix of interval training, TRX, rock climbing, cycling and karting.
An interesting note about me: I worked on the road since I was 14 putting up stages for professional entertainers.
Kody, of Kingsburg, Calif., will be attempting to qualify for his third Pay Less Little 500. He won the prestigious event in 2016 during his second Little 500 appearance under the ownership of Hoffman Auto Racing.
Swanson, the 2014/2015 USAC Silver Crown Champion, claimed the Inaugural Tony Elliott Classic victory at Anderson Speedway in 2016. He also won three USAC Silver Crown races, including 3 Hoosier 100’s in secession at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis the Thursday before the Little 500.
Swanson will be driving the No. 4 for 2010 Little 500 Hall of Fame Inductee Gene Nolen. Swanson will receive sponsorship support from KECO Coatings.
Tom Johnson is a former Silver Crown co-owner and is currently assisting bob Sargent with the promotion of the Hoosier 100 running Thursday at the Indiana state Fairgrounds.
Tom is also he true “golf head with 3 holes in one to his credit.
See you Tuesday at McGilvery’s Speedway…at 6:50pm…