The IndyCar Series
is the premier level of open wheel racing
in North America. Its parent company began in 1996 as a competitor to CART
known as the Indy Racing League (IRL) which was created by then Indianapolis Motor Speedway
owner Tony George
. In 2008, the IndyCar Series merged with the Champ Car World Series (formerly CART). The series is self-sanctioned by INDYCAR
The series' premier event is the Indianapolis 500
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