The Best Fans in the World

Posted on: June 1, 2010 | Comments(5) | Indy 500 | By: Admin

Indy 2010
Indy 500 or Bust


This weekend we strived to cover the race in its entirety. This obviously meant getting fans up-close and personal with their favorite drivers and teams. In addition to the obvious, it meant live blogging exclusive race weekend coverage from all pre-race, race and post-race activities. Truthfully, I felt privileged to be working with the new media department who was working overtime to roll out innovative web content that focused on you, the race fan. 

In fact, my personal highlights from race weekend were getting to know the fans better. What can I say?-Race fans…you rule! Every day at the track, I looked forward to finding the next super fan that would claim the title “Fan-of-the-Day.” Featured here


Super Fan

Indy 500- Fan-of-the-Day

I also got the opportunity to interview the 33 most senior ticket holders, who shared their favorite race day memories and experiences with me. Their stories about the Indy 500 and IndyCar racing were unique and insightful. Don’t worry- clips from those interviews are on the way! 

Another place I got to meet race fans was at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway campgrounds. There I learned about fan’s pre-race traditions. This meant the low down on partying, camping-out and cooking.  While I was there, avid race fan, Jeff Wetzel hooked me up with some of his favorite recipes.  One in particular stood out to me, it was called the “Fat Tatty Burger.”  What was it? Just a burger topped with a fried egg, homemade chili, mustard and fresh onion fixings! Yahoo! 

Grill time

Good Eats at the Race

But where did I find the best fans on race day? The infield, of course! Specifically, turn three where the Snake Pit was in full force this year. Check out the footage we captured:

The race fans I encountered this weekend not only gave me their insight on the greatest spectacle in racing but also furthered my appreciation for the sport. I hope to see the same amount of enthusiasm this weekend for the Firestone 550K race at Texas Motor Speedway. 

I also can’t forget to mention that @IndyCarNation had a great weekend on Twitter. Our fans made #Indy500 the 2nd trending topic in the WORLD! -Way to go! Also, for more pictures from the Indy 500 check out our IZOD IndyCar Series Flickr set here.


There are 5 comments for this post.

  1. Niles Ingalls on June 1, 2010 4:23 pm
    Niles Ingalls

    had the cellular phone network been able to handle the volume at the speedway, #Indy500 would have probably climbed to the #1 trending topic. Cell phone / Internet use was nearly non-existent for most of the race

  2. Paul Palmieri on June 2, 2010 2:42 am
    Paul Palmieri

    What do Indy fans think about the fact that the IRL has only a Honda engine supplier? (JAPAN) Dallara, an Italian chassis supplier? Our race fuel supplied by (Brazil) no more corn? Even the tire nut changer is made in Italy! And lastly what do u feel about the Indy 500 being won predominately by foreigners in the last 10 years? Where have all the great American drivers disappeared to,and is this the face of Indy you want? Thanks for the money, and see yah!

  3. Dick Winn on June 2, 2010 12:55 pm
    Dick Winn

    As far as the one engine supplier, we need more companies supplying engines. As far as foriegn engines and suppliers, even NASCAR has a Japanese engine competing now. Of course, people might scream if GM put more money into racing, since the tax payers had to bail then out.
    Drivers are another thing entirely, We don’t seem to have the system of developing drivers that Brazil has. That is our loss.
    DeLarra is Italian isn’t it? Maybe the IRL should insist on an American chassis like Swift or Dan Gurney’s Eagle (if Dan would design a new chassis) And while we are at it, let’s keep the wheels exposed and not nearly fendered as the proposed chassis are being shown.

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