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INDYCAR fan experience

NTT is shaping the future of INDYCAR racing and fan engagement. With our innovative Smart Solutions Technology, we deliver real-time insights that keep you connected to all of the on-track action.

Learn more about how our technology drives one of the most challenging series in all of motorsports at global.ntt/nttindycar

Download the INDYCAR App powered byNTT DATA to keep up with the evolution of theNTT INDYCAR® SERIES.

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What is NTT INDYCAR SERIES

Top speed at 380 km/hourA speed that is from another dimension

The INDYCAR SERIES is North America’s greatest motor sports event.
It’s a dynamic, spectacle, high-speed race with top speed that could reach 380 km/hour and average speed per hour that exceeds F1.
In 2017, racer Takuma Sato won the INDY500 for the first time as a Japanese person.
The NTT INDYCAR SERIES is a motor sport that is currently garnering the most attention.

Racer Takuma Sato (with his machine in the front) who won the 2020 INDY500

The History and Tradition of American Motor Sports

The INDY500 is both a synonym and the pinnacle of the INDYCAR SERIES,
and has been called one of the three greatest races in the world next to Monaco Grand Prix and 24 Hours of Le Mans.
With the first race being held in 1911, the INDY500 is the oldest among other races.
The race is held in the state of Indiana on the fourth week of May every year,
which is attended by roughly 400,000 people and watched on TV by several millions of viewers.
With INDY500 as the pinnacle, racers compete for the annual championship by racing on various tracks around the United States.

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The real thrill of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES is its sense of speed and fast-paced race.
The INDY500 is held on an oval track with a circumference of 2.5 miles (about 4,000 m) consisting of four corners (turns) that are formed by connecting four straight paths (two long straights of about 1 km and two short straights of about 200 m).
Various machines compete in this battle of overtaking each other at a speed that is as close to the maximum speed (380 km/hour) as possible.
Witness all the excitement that can only be savored at high-speed circuits.

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NTT INDYCAR SERIES! One of the most traditional and prestigious automobile races in the world, with over 100 years of history One of the most traditional and prestigious automobile races in the world, with over 100 years of history

Since 2019, the NTT Group has been the title sponsor of the INDYCAR SERIES.
In conjunction with this, NTT has been innovating the INDYCAR SERIES as the official technology partner,
as well as enhancing the INDYCAR mobile app functions and using the smart platform, which NTT is developing, for the races and circuits.

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The NTT INDYCAR SERIES is participated by Japanese racers and becoming popular even in Japan due to racer Takuma Sato winning the INDY500 in 2017.
He explained how the NTT INDYCAR SERIES is a motor sport that allows racers to fiercely yet fairly compete.
As the official technology partner, NTT will continue to deliver the exciting wonders of the INDYCAR SERIES to many fans.

Race highlights

An oval course at max speed of 380 km/h
What is the NTT INDYCAR SERIES?

Racers compete in 17 races over a span of one year in three distinct course types: oval course, street course, and road course.
It’s known for emphasizing the aspects of race itself such as through the following features: a rolling start, in which the race starts with the cars running in a grid-ordered formation; a push-to-pass (P2P) that allows drivers to discretionarily try to pass opponents by temporarily increasing the horsepower; car bodies are uniform across all teams; and engine difference between teams is smaller compared to F1 due to engine rules. It’s the first motor sport*1 that uses bio ethanol fuel, and it plans to use hybrid engines starting in the 2023 season. It also takes sustainability initiatives.

*1: 85% bioethanol + 15% unleaded gasoline

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Racers compete in 17 races over a span of one year in three distinct course types: oval course, street course, and road course.
It’s known for emphasizing the aspects of race itself such as through the following features: a rolling start, in which the race starts with the cars running in a grid-ordered formation; a push-to-pass (P2P) that allows drivers to discretionarily try to pass opponents by temporarily increasing the horsepower; car bodies are uniform across all teams; and engine difference between teams is smaller compared to F1 due to engine rules. It’s the first motor sport*1 that uses bio ethanol fuel, and it plans to use hybrid engines starting in the 2023 season. It also takes sustainability initiatives.

*1: 85% bioethanol + 15% unleaded gasoline

  • Overview of the simple oval course
    • An oval-shaped circuit course with a fixed turning direction (only counter-clockwise, just like in speed skating).
    • Witness an overwhelming sense of speed with max speed (about 380 km/h) that’s faster than F1 and average speed per cycle of about 365 km/h!
    • A harsh course that puts unimaginable psychological and physical stress on the drivers who have to compete over a thousandth of a second.
  • Overview of the street course that runs through city streets
    • A special circuit created by blocking traffic on public streets to hold this motor sports event. It’s not very common in Japan, but many street courses exist overseas.
    • Features greater road surface unevenness than the road courses and excitement over the techniques and bargaining tactics of racers who drive through narrow pathways!
    • The NTT INDYCAR SERIES is known for having more street courses compared to other top race series.
  • Overview of the road course with a series of fluid corners and ups and downs
    • A road course, generally referred to as a “circuit,” is comprised of corners of various shapes and straight pathways. Popular road courses in Japan include the Suzuka Circuit and the Fuji International Speedway.
    • Racers sometimes battle beyond limitations due to escape zones that can be used when becoming off-course.
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Even if a particular racer maintains top position from the beginning, it’s not rare to see a comeback due to the full course caution rule (prohibits racers from passing throughout the entire course) that becomes active during an accident such as a crash, which enforces the racers to race slowly via pacing cars that appear in front of the drivers until all the crashed cars and pieces are cleaned up. Since this resets the leads gained by the top drivers, it provides an opportunity to racers who had once taken the backseat
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All racers strive to pass each other once the race gets restarted, and this bargaining over the reset is one of the joys of watching an INDYCAR race.
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Since the ability to quickly conduct a pit stop while the race stalls led by the pace car also determines a driver’s fate, circumstances could become lucky or unlucky for the drivers depending on how the full course caution (prohibits cars from passing throughout the entire course) plays out (depending on the timing, drivers may not be able to make a pit stop due to pit closure).
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The push-to-pass (P2P) system is used in the street/road courses of the INDYCAR SERIES. By pushing the P2P button on the steering wheel, drivers can temporarily increase engine performance (about +60 ps), more easily overtake cars in front, and block machines in the back from overtaking. The number of seconds the P2P can be used is limited per circuit, so its timing during the race will affect the turn of events.

The final outcome is truly uncertain in INDYCAR

The decisions of the strategists who strategist while considering these circumstances will greatly impact the outcome. Since anything can happen until the race is over, drivers and teams must be able to accurately respond while facing the gap between expectation and reality.

What is the INDY500?

  • The world’s largest sporting event with more than 350,000 spectators on the final tournament day. This traditional race, which was first held in 1911 and will hold its 106th race this year, is one of the three largest competitions of its kind in the world.
  • It’s called the INDY500 because drivers will drive 500 miles (804.672 km) spanning 200 laps (2.5 miles [4.023 km] per lap) on a course.
  • Held in May every year, the INDY500 is one of the three largest races next to the F1 Monaco Grand Prix and The 24 Hours of Le Mans.
  • The INDY500 is a competition between 33 racers. If 34 or more machines register, then candidates go through preliminary races until enough racers are bumped out.
  • INDY cars can restart their engine and return to the race by having officials (race staff members) push their vehicle. Racers can restart as many times as they wish after failing.
  • The only winner to INDY500 is the top racer, who will be provided with the only podium. At the podium, there’s a tradition of drinking milk, instead of champagne, and pouring it all over one’s self.
  • Racer Takuma Sato won twice in 2017 and 2020, making him the 20th person in more than 100 years of INDY500 history to have won several times.

2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES Digest Movie

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BEST IN-CAR RADIO
MOMENTS OF THE 2021 SEASON

Enjoy the best moments of the race as if you’re there by listening to the radio communication and voice of drivers from the actual race that are rarely released to the public and experience all the behind-the-scene actions.

Supervisor

Hideshi Matsuda

松田秀士 Hideshi Matsuda

Motor-Journalist

December 22, 1954: Born in Kochi prefecture, raised in Osaka.
1994: Passed the qualifying round of INDY500 in 14th place out of 33 cars without having any experience racing on an oval course. He became the second Japanese racer to compete in the final race of INDY500.
1996: Recorded 8th place, the highest rank ever achieved by a Japanese at the time.
1999: Recorded 10th place in the qualifying round and 10th place in the final. At this point, he had competed in a total of four INDY500 races.
He is a graded driver who has competed in over 100 Super GT races.
For many years, he has served as a commentator for GAORA SPORT, which is the only broadcaster that broadcasts the entire NTT INDYCAR SERIES live.

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Smart Solutions that are Gaining Popularity A New Fan Experience in the Sacred Land of Racing Smart Solutions that are Gaining Popularity A New Fan Experience in the Sacred Land of Racing

In the 105th INDY500 held on Sunday, May 30, 2021, NTT provided smartification technology such as the Smart Venue technology,
Data Experience, mobile app, etc. to enhance the spectator experience both inside and outside the race venue.

#NTTSmartVenue

By utilizing AI and collating camera footage, audio, and information regarding entrance gate traffic volume, NTT will visualize in real time various circumstances including venue congestion, vehicle congestion, and the degree of social distancing at the venue, and provide future predictions to the operation team.

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Based on these data, the team can optimally allocate staff members, implement safety measures related to venue security operation, safety surveillance, etc., and provide safe and convenient experience to the visitors of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the world’s largest sporting venue.

Visualizes in real time various circumstances including venue congestion, vehicle congestion, and the degree of social distancing at the venue, and supports the implementation of safety measures related to venue security operation, safety surveillance, etc.

INDYCAR Data Experience

Through various channels including the INDYCAR mobile app and the media wall (30-meter wide, high-definition LED screen at the Pagoda Tower), we provide more data than ever before including data of races and drivers, as well as the following kinds of race-related information that’s visualized based on data gathered through various sensors.

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・Real-time leaderboard
・Various data acquired from sensors installed on machines and trucks
・Circumstances of all machines during the race

In addition to the above, other important race stats can be viewed such as high performance racers, highlight matches, race teams, and impact of the pit stop performance.

A large (roughly 30-meter wide) high-definition LED screen at the Pagoda Tower

Can view stats including that of the race and machines while watching the race

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NTT and INDYCAR
Extend Entitlement Partnership

With the official NTT INDYCAR SERIES app provided by NTT Data,
you can watch the race and gather data from the onboard cameras for example without a TV.