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GRand Solutions: Marketing, Events, Communications

GRand Solutions LLC is committed to exceeding client expectations in the traditional areas of sponsor and event activation, public relations, guest services and consumer marketing – as well as financial and operational consulting, risk management and business process improvement. Our focus is to provide each client with creative and comprehensive solutions, tailored by specific individual need and crafted for affordability.

Our objective is to help our clients manage their respective sports properties. Athletes, teams, event promoters, sponsors and sanctioning bodies are examples of sports properties where we now offer new and innovative solutions to help them achieve long-term, financially viable results.


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Everything is designed. Not everything is of GRand design.


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GRand Solutions unites the complementary skills of Gene Cottingham, former CFO of Champ Car and Ruthie Forbes, former Director of Event Marketing for IndyCar. Much more than just an adventure for the ‘dynamic duo’ – they bring a wealth of knowledge and more than a quarter-century of international motorsports industry experience.

As fee-based advisors, our only motivation is the success of our clients.
By avoiding commissions, GRand Solutions is able to maintain focus on creative solutions that match the needs and objectives of its clients.

Gene Cottingham
Ruthie Forbes
Becca Bornhorst
Lindsay Condon
Chris Cross
Marissa Johnson
Paul Kelly
Krystin Wiggs

Our only motivation is the success of our clients.


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Activia: From Jamie Lee Curtis to Shakira. Oh, and the World Cup.

By: Krystin Wiggs Activia, the yogurt for old women, appears to be trying to change its image. Silver-haired actress Jamie Lee Curtis served as Activia’s spokesperson for several years, telling us in our living rooms that Activia is the product we need to regulate our digestive systems. But wait a second. It’s 2014, and it’s […]

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Stern Lessons from Howard

By: Gene Cottingham Radio shock jock Howard Stern has a polarizing effect on people – you either love him or hate him. I am not a fan of his type of humor, as it is mostly insulting to everyone at some point. Even so, this weekend I found myself once again watching the 1997 film, […]

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The GRand Transition

By: Marissa Johnson Coming back to GRand Solutions was, in a sense, coming back home after an extended vacation. I interned with GRand last summer during the Indianapolis 500, and it was great. But as I pride myself in being an honest person, I have to admit there was a bit of hesitation on my […]

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Sebring and Sports Cars

By: Becca Bornhorst After spending the 2013 race season in the IndyCar paddock, the GRand team decided to switch things up and bring me along for one of the biggest sports car events on the calendar, the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. That’s right, a 12-hour race. I absolutely love working in the IndyCar […]

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Tuesday Jul 22 - 6:10pm

Our open house is tomorrow from 5-10! @GRandMarissa has decided to be in charge of the tables! #GRandOpenHouse


GRand Solutions is dedicated to activation and execution.


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katherine legge

Race car driver Katherine Legge called on GRand Solutions in December 2010 to help her get back on track in the US.

international motor sports association

The IMSA Development Series is a development system for the newly-formed TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

james hinchcliffe

The Hinchtown website, created with the help of LiveLink in 2011, allows residents of Hinchtown to stay updated on the IndyCar driver and ultimately helped Hinch land the coveted GoDaddy sponsor.

josef newgarden

When Josef Newgarden burst onto the IndyCar Series scene as a rookie with Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing in 2012, very few people knew who the handsome blonde kid was who happened to be really fast in a car.

baltimore grand prix

In 2011 we were called upon about two weeks prior to the Baltimore Grand Prix to offer up our services in any way possible to assist them in salvaging what the media and the racing industry foretold as a doomed event.

schmidt peterson motorsports

IndyCar driver Simon Pagenaud went back to his French roots for a crepe-making PR campaign that had him donning an apron over his firesuit in multiple race markets.


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Our offices are conveniently located in the shadows of Turn 1 of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. You’ll find us enjoying the redevelopment of Main Street, across from the new Dallara facility. Please come see us.


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GRand Solutions LLC
1140 Main St.
Speedway, IN 46224 USA
(317) 731-6394 office
(317) 973-1059 fax