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  • 15 Jun
    INDIANAPOLIS -- The sound of racing engines floated over the west side of Indianapolis last weekend. But this time the noise was actually coming from the sky.For the first time, Indianapolis Motor Speedway hosted a round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship, drawing 62,000 spectators for a much different kind of competition than the Speedways faithful fans are used to watching.The Air Race is the latest element in the 25-year evolution of IMS from a racetrack that hosted one huge, month-long event to a multi-purpose facility that is in use throughout the calendar year.While many permanent racetracks struggle to generate income during their down time, the Speedway has worked hard to minimize the amount of time the 559-acre facility sits idle.Tony George started the process in the early 1990s when he ascended to a leadership position within the Hulman family, which has owned and operated the track since 1945. One of his first moves was to upgrade the IMS golf course; the renamed Brickyard Crossing hosted a PGA Senior Tour event from 1994 to 2000 and next year will welcome the LPGA Tour back to Indianapolis for the first time since 1968 with a three-year commitment.George also brought NASCAR and Formula One racing to IMS, and while F1 departed after an eight-year run, the current management team of Mark Miles (CEO of Hulman Motorsports) and Doug Boles (Indianapolis Motor Speedway president) have done a good job of building on that solid base. The Speedway is now home to the largest vintage car racing meeting in America, and next year the SCCA Runoffs will be contested for the first time on the IMS road course.A round of the Moto GP championship replaced F1 from 2008 to 2015, with title sponsorship from Red Bull. This year, the energy drink giant altered its spending with IMS, replacing the motorcycles with an air race that took the Speedway back to its pre-auto racing roots. Almost a year before the first Indianapolis 500 in May 1911, IMS hosted a weeklong aviation show that attracted the Wright Brothers and produced a world record for altitude.Despite a low cloud ceiling and some Saturday rain, the Red Bull Air Race was a success for the Speedway and the spectators who came out. Track officials said that all Tier 1 tickets sold out for Sundays session, attendance and budget goals were met, and the event will be on the 2017 calendar, likely with a mid-October date.Our city embraced this exciting competition and it was a fantastic and historic weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Boles said.The Speedway still has its share of challenges ahead, mainly trying to revive the Brickyard 400 stock car weekend. Frequently considered boring and uncompetitive, the Brickyard is the poster child for NASCARs declining attendance across the board, and while the event remains profitable for the Speedway, sheer expanses of empty grandstands for an event that used to routinely fill 200,000 seats looks bad for the track and for NASCAR.It will also be interesting to see if IMS can maintain and build on the momentum generated by the historic 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in May. The 500 sold out for the first time in at least 20 years, and keeping those seats filled for the 101st running and beyond will be a big test for Boles and his team.Although Tony George no longer factors in the daily running of the Speedway, he was recently installed as chairman of the board of Hulman & Co. George takes a lot of the blame for the decline of Indy car racing in the late 1990s, but the plans he put in place for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway itself a quarter of a century ago are a big reason why the grand old track is thriving right now in an era when many others arent.So credit where it is due. Custom Penguins T-shirts . The Browns coaching search remains incomplete. Penguins Jerseys China . The mixed zone is not a place to make friends. http://www.custompenguinsjersey.com/ . You can watch the game live on TSN at 7:30pm et/4:30pm pt. The Flyers had won seven of eight before dropping their last two outings on consecutive days over the weekend. Philadelphia was handed a 6-3 loss by the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday afternoon before dropping a 4-1 decision to the Rangers the following night in New York City. Custom Penguins Jerseys . 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Phil Kessel and company responded with one big finish.Kessel scored twice, including one of Pittsburghs four goals in the third, and the Penguins rallied to beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-3 on Saturday night.You just have to stick with it in games like this, Kessel said. We did and we got rewarded.The defending Stanley Cup champions trailed 3-1 entering the third, but scored three times in the first 11 minutes of the period. Matt Cullen tacked on his fifth goal of the season when he was hauled down on his way to an empty net with 41 seconds remaining.Nick Bonino and Justin Schultz also scored in the third, helping Pittsburgh win back-to-back games for the first time in a month. Marc-Andre Fleury had 28 saves in his second straight start.Nobody panicked, Fleury said. We were down in the game, but we had a good talk before the third. We have a team that can come back and we did it again.Detroit had recorded at least a point in five straight games. Henrik Zetterberg scored his 314th career goal, matching Pavel Datsyuk for seventh in team history, and Dylan Larkin and Frans Nielsen got the other goals for the Red Wings.Detroit goaltender Jared Coreau stopped 32 shots in his NHL debut. Coreau was poised early, making a sprawling save on Sidney Crosby in the first five minutes and later denying Evgeni Malkin on a breakaway, but he struggled in the final period.In the third, when they scored the second one, we started to panic a little bit instead of playing with poise and staying calm, Zetterberg said.Boninos goal was his second in as many games, and Schultz has two goals and four points in his last three. Malkin had two assists, extending his point streak to a season-high five games.Bonino started thee comeback with his third goal at 2:05 of the third.dddddddddddd Schultz tied it at 3 at 6:28, beating Coreau with a shot from the point. Kessel then put Pittsburgh ahead to stay when he got a pass from Carl Hagelin and beat Coreau from the top of the crease.We just had to keep working and sticking to our game, Kessel said. We believe in each other here.Pittsburgh is the healthiest it has been the entire season. The Penguins activated forward Chris Kunitz from injured reserve Saturday morning after he missed six games with a lower-body injury.The Red Wings, on the other hand, played without seven regulars because of injuries. The group, which includes Darren Helm and Jimmy Howard, has accounted for 36 man games lost in the last three weeks.Forward Justin Abdelkader was placed on injured reserve Saturday morning after suffering a knee injury Thursday against Florida. He had four points in six games prior to his injury.We had a decent amount of chances, really throughout the game, and even in the third period, Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. In the end, we didnt execute good enough to win.Game notes Red Wings D Niklas Kronwall played in his 750th game. ... Pittsburgh scratched Tom Kuhnhackl to make room for Kunitz in the lineup. Rookie Jake Guentzel also sat for a second straight game. ... The Penguins honored the 1991 and `92 Stanley Cup-winning teams, as nearly 40 former players, coaches and team executives attended the morning skate and were recognized during an on-ice ceremony before the game.UP NEXTRed Wings: Continue a three-game road trip Sunday at the New York Islanders.Penguins: Complete a three-game homestand Monday against Ottawa. ' ' '