During the Long Beach GP weekend, some of us where holed up in the basement media center for the weekend. We occasionally got up for some sun and race action, but most of the time we typed on our laptops updating IndyCar.com, adding images to Flickr, tweeting and more. The highlight, especially for a new media guy, was looking up during the IndyCar session and seeing Tony Kanaan holding an iPad on TV -
If you’re a geek like me or an Apple fan, it’s hard not to get excited by this image. We posted this screen shot to Flickr over the LB weekend and it quickly become our most popular picture of the weekend. Was he tweeting, reading a book, looking at Timing and Scoring? I wondered the same. Technology is an integral part of the IndyCar Series, so it’s not too surprising to see an iPad – but it is pretty cool nonetheless. I wanted to know more.
This also got me thinking. Are there any other sports or athletes utilizing the iPad during games, races, events? I know that the iPad is perfect for sports fans and fantasy leagues, but I couldn’t find any examples of athletes or coaches utilizing it during ‘a game’. Is Tony the first athlete to use an iPad professionally? He might be, but I’m not sure – and if you know, please comment.
So what was Tony doing with the iPad? We visited him yesterday at the Andretti Autosport garage during a quiet day at Kansas Speedway to find out. Tony is web savvy, active on twitter and a tech junkie and explains everything in this clip. Enjoy.