Know everything there is to know about racing? Run a website dedicated to motorsports? Think you could race head-to-head with IZOD IndyCar Series drivers and survive to share the story with your fans? Here’s your chance:

Journalists know that sometimes to get the story you have to be part of it. Tell us why you deserve the chance to compete against nine of your fellow motorsports writers in a virtual Indy 500 race on Carb Day – May 27th at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The winner of the Carb Day race will receive the opportunity to compete in the A.J. Foyt Day Shootout on Saturday, May 28th against up to 3 Indy 500 drivers.

We’ve lined up some great swag for participants and winners of the event including an enhanced Indy 500 Race Day experience. Plus, we’ll work with the top ten motorsports writers to identify promotional opportunities online to support your coverage of the month of May. Want your chance to jump in the driver’s seat? Find out how below.

Not  a motorsports writer and/or unable to be in the Indianapolis-area this May? Keep an eye out on the IndyCar.com blog to learn how you’ll decide which motorsports writers will represent fans best at this year’s Virtual Indy 500!

Requirements:

  • Shoot a DM to @INDYCAR on Twitter (or leave a comment on this post) telling us why you should rep for motorsports writers at this year’s Indianapolis 500. We’ll hit you back with details on how to “officially” stake your claim.
  • Be available and in Indianapolis for Carb Day (Friday – May 27th) and A.J. Foyt Day (Saturday – May 28th).
  • Register on iRacing.com when requested.

What is the Virtual Indy 500?

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and iRacing.com have partnered up to conduct a worldwide competition celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Indianapolis 500.  The race will be held in 3 parts: online qualifier, local contesting, and the Virtual Indy 500 Event. The online qualifier series will consist of a 2 week long online time-trial qualification on iRacing.com. All current iRacing members are invited to participate.  Non-iRacing members are encouraged to “Race it before you watch it” and join with a discounted special offering.

Find out more information on the event, discover what prizes are in store for participants /winners, and catch video highlights from last year on IndianapolisMotorSpeedway.com.

Comments

There are 13 comments for this post.

  1. Robyn on April 25, 2011 5:39 pm
    Robyn

    AutoRacingNews.org deserves to compete in the virtual Indy500 race because we create unique content that goes beyond traditional coverage. Our goal is to get fans engaged and connected on an emotional level to the Series and drivers. Participating in this event will allow us to continue and improve offering this type of content.

  2. Dino on April 25, 2011 6:33 pm
    Dino

    I’d love to not only cover the Virtual Indy 500 but possibly race in it. I’m a new site – http://www.simulationworld.net – dedicated to sim racing and gaming. Why should you pick me? Because I am English – and I want to finish what Nigel Mansell started in 1993. Maybe I can win and be the story that he missed out on.

  3. Glenn Holland on April 25, 2011 7:11 pm
    Glenn Holland

    I’m nominating someone else: Jeff Olson – the baddest-ass motorsports writer on the planet. If he isn’t in your nine, who can be?

  4. Should Auto Racing News Rep for Fans at the Virtual Indy 500? | The Official Blog of the IZOD IndyCar Series on April 27, 2011 1:21 pm
    Should Auto Racing News Rep for Fans at the Virtual Indy 500? | The Official Blog of the IZOD IndyCar Series

    [...] to help decide which web writers will rep best at this year’s Virtual Indy 500 competition (Read more about the competition here). Any web writer ready to stake their claim will be put in front of our esteemed panel of sharp, [...]

  5. Should OpenPaddock Rep for Fans at the Virtual Indy 500? | The Official Blog of the IZOD IndyCar Series on May 2, 2011 2:30 pm
    Should OpenPaddock Rep for Fans at the Virtual Indy 500? | The Official Blog of the IZOD IndyCar Series

    [...] fans to help decide which web writers will rep best at this year’s Virtual Indy 500 competition (Read more about the competition here). Any web writer ready to stake their claim will be put in front of our esteemed panel of sharp, [...]

  6. Mike on May 2, 2011 9:14 pm
    Mike

    Have to put Tyler Carmichael of http://www.IndyCarGarage.com in the mix. Best pure fan oriented site out there. Fresh content, great perspective and always willing to talk racing on his internet radio show as well. He gets my vote.

  7. Scott on May 3, 2011 10:03 am
    Scott

    One visit to http://www.indycargarage.com and I don’t think there will be any question that Tyler Carmichael is one of the best Indy Car bloggers around. I wouldn’t be surprised if one day he puts all of his knowledge to use and becomes a historian at IMS.

  8. Should Motorsports Writer Jeff Olson Rep for Fans at the Virtual Indy 500? | The Official Blog of the IZOD IndyCar Series on May 4, 2011 2:31 pm
    Should Motorsports Writer Jeff Olson Rep for Fans at the Virtual Indy 500? | The Official Blog of the IZOD IndyCar Series

    [...] fans to help decide which web writers will rep best at this year’s Virtual Indy 500 competition (Read more about the competition here). Any web writer ready to stake their claim will be put in front of our esteemed panel of sharp, [...]

  9. Should IndyCar Garage Rep for Fans at the Virtual Indy 500? | The Official Blog of the IZOD IndyCar Series on May 9, 2011 6:29 pm
    Should IndyCar Garage Rep for Fans at the Virtual Indy 500? | The Official Blog of the IZOD IndyCar Series

    [...] fans to help decide which web writers will rep best at this year’s Virtual Indy 500 competition (Read more about the competition here). Any web writer ready to stake their claim will be put in front of our esteemed panel of sharp, [...]

  10. NaBUru38 on May 9, 2011 7:42 pm
    NaBUru38

    I vote for More Front Wing’s Steph.

  11. Should Trackside Online Rep for Fans at the Virtual Indy 500 | The Official Blog of the IZOD IndyCar Series on May 22, 2011 10:45 am
    Should Trackside Online Rep for Fans at the Virtual Indy 500 | The Official Blog of the IZOD IndyCar Series

    [...] fans to help decide which web writers will rep best at this year’s Virtual Indy 500 competition (Read more about the competition here). Any web writer ready to stake their claim will be put in front of our esteemed panel of sharp, [...]

  12. indygrrl on May 23, 2011 6:28 pm
    indygrrl

    I vote for George Phillips @oilpressure.com
    Also for Pressdog

  13. It's All About The He Said She Said Texas | The Official Blog of the IZOD IndyCar Series on June 10, 2011 8:15 pm
    It

    [...] IndyCar Garage up for an IndyCar.com contest for motorsports writers to represent fans in an iRacing Virtual 500 Race. Before “allowing” him to stake his claim to fans, I of course had to dig in and [...]

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