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Louis F. Partenza Named IRGSE President and CEO

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla – October 24, 2017 – IRG Sports + Entertainment (IRGSE), a leading marketer and promoter of sports and live entertainment experiences, announced the promotion of Louis F. Partenza to President and Chief Executive Officer. Partenza joined IRGSE as the Chief Financial Officer in June 2015 and has served as interim CEO since May 2017. “I am honored and excited to assume the role of President and CEO,” said Partenza. “I look forward to working with the Board to grow the IRGSE family of companies and continue to drive our industry presence and deliver greater value to our customers, fans and sponsors.” During his career, he has helped lead a diverse set of companies on strategy, operations and finance and has a significant background in executive leadership within the sports industry. Prior to joining IRGSE, Partenza was the Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of the NHL’s Florida Panthers, Sunrise Sports and Entertainment and the BB&T Center. # # # About IRG...

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Palm Beach Driving Club Offers a World-Class Experience

JUPITER, Fla. —  Palm Beach Driving Club, the pre-eminent members-only club for automotive enthusiasts in the United States, is located at Palm Beach International Raceway in Jupiter, Fla. The elite club offers weekly, year-round track programs to automotive enthusiasts and allows drivers to tailor the program to fit their lifestyle. The club’s membership is made up of drivers of all levels of experience with a desire for practice sessions and races under the guidance of professional drivers. The club hosts street-car enthusiasts, as well as amateur and professional race teams. There are sessions for novices and advanced drivers with no two nights ever the same. Palm Beach International Raceway is a 2.2-mile road course, built in 1964 and repaved and reconfigured in 2008. It features a fast 6/10-mile back straightaway and several challenging corners. The track has served as a home for multiple driving schools, and a test facility for both IndyCar and NASCAR drivers. Indianapolis 500 champion Ryan Hunter-Reay and NASCAR veteran Kyle Petty are among the drivers...

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Oriol Servia Finishes 21st at Indianapolis 500 Late Crash Dashes Hopes of a Top Finish

SPEEDWAY, Ind. (May 28, 2017) – Oriol Servia, representing Palm Beach Driving Club, finished 21st in Sunday’s 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 after a late crash ended his shot at a top finish. Servia, driver of the No. 16 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda, passed eventual race winner Takuma Sato for fourth place with 26 laps to go. Sato regained the position a lap later, but Servia was still in prime position for a top finish on lap 184 when James Davison squeezed him low setting off contact and a multi-car accident. The veteran driver, who sported a Palm Beach Driving Club logo on the front of his helmet, then retired from his ninth Indy 500 and his 200th IndyCar race overall.     Servia started the race in 12th place, but dropped back to 20th on the first run. After some adjustments to the car, he steadily climbed through the field, back to 12th by lap 86. He remained in the top half of the field until getting caught up in the...

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Oriol Servia Completes Final Indianapolis 500 Practice

SPEEDWAY, Ind. (May 26, 2017) – Oriol Servia, representing Palm Beach Driving Club, completed his final practice for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 by running 224.969 mph during Friday’s Carb Day. Servia, driver of the No. 16 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda, will start 12th in Sunday’s race after posting a four-lap average speed of 230.309 mph in qualifying around the famed 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  The veteran driver, who has a Palm Beach Driving Club logo on the front of his helmet, will start two spots ahead of teammate Graham Rahal. Scott Dixon is the pole sitter for the event called the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Servia was 17th fastest on Friday after cutting his practice short with a fuel tank issue. Still, he remains optimistic for Sunday’s race.  “We had a problem in the fuel tank with the lines but nothing big,” he said. “I’m glad we found it today and not on race day.  That is what Carb Day is for. Time flies but we got it in...

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Oriol Servia, PBDC Gearing Up for Indianapolis 500

SPEEDWAY, Ind. (May 24, 2017) – The anticipation is building for Oriol Servia and Palm Beach Driving Club for Sunday’s 101st running of the Indianapolis 500. Servia, who is sporting a Palm Beach Driving Club logo on his helmet, will start the race in 12th position after qualifying with a four-lap average speed of 230.309 mph around the famed 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It will be his ninth start in the world’s largest single-day sporting event. The team suffered an engine malfunction with the No. 16 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda during Tuesday’s practice. But, Servia believes he is still in good shape for Sunday’s race. “We were running to see how the car was in heavy traffic and to be honest I was really happy right away,” the veteran driver said. “I had just discussed with my engineer Tom (German) that if everything went well with the next run, we were going to park the Manitowoc car because I was very happy with it. The engine went but it’s...

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Oriol Servia Qualifies 12th for Indianapolis 500

SPEEDWAY, Ind. (May 22, 2017) – Oriol Servia, representing Palm Beach Driving Club, qualified 12th for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday. Servia, driver of the No. 16 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda, had a four-lap average speed of 230.309 mph around the famed 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His fastest lap was the first one at 230.537 mph. The veteran driver, who has a Palm Beach Driving Club logo on the front of his helmet, qualified two spots ahead of teammate Graham Rahal, whose four-lap average was 230.253 mph. Scott Dixon grabbed the pole position with an average of 232.164 mph. Servia was disappointed that he wasn’t among the top-nine qualifiers on Saturday to give him a shot at the pole position. But, he liked how his car performed on Sunday. “We knew we had to take some risks to make the top nine,” Servia said. “We missed it a little bit, but today we nailed it. The car was on rails, perfect, consistent and really fast...

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