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As a girl, using the phrase “I like to go fast” has a somewhat negative connotation. Get your mind out of the gutter, because when I say “I like to go fast” it’s really about how I drive my Ford Taurus through the streets of Indianapolis. So when the opportunity came up to jump in for a two seater ride here at the Honda Indy Toronto circuit, I of course said “Why yes, please.”

(Just HOW did the opportunity come up? I was working it to score a two seater ride for one lucky IndyCar.com blog reader…. keep reading to find out how you can be that person!)

Ready to go!

A driver with freckles? Nope, it's not Mike Conway....

Admittedly, I was the least excited in the group. It was an experience I was excited for, but had no idea how to display emotion towards. Was I nervous? Maybe. Did I not know what to expect? YES. Since going for the ride, most people have asked “How was it? I’ve always wanted to do it but haven’t had the opportunity.”

Getting into the car

It’s realistic. You get into the firesuit, shoes, gloves, head sock, and helmet and it’s hard not to feel a little bit like a real driver. It’s fast. Too fast even – after waiting most of the morning for my turn, the lap around the Toronto circuit flew by. The biggest challenge was trying to take everything in. One minute you’re accelerating, then breaking, then turning, then…

Off we go towards the Toronto skyline

It took me a minute or two to realize that I should use my body to resist the force knocking me around the seat. But once I did, the ride was comfortably bumpy. It felt like being inside a video game and I grew desperate to be the one behind the wheel. Of course, if my iRacing skills are any indication, it was probably for the best that I stayed in the passenger seat.

Not quite Danica, but wishing I had been the driver!

Not quite Danica, but ready to get behind the wheel next time

Okay, okay, the moment you’ve been waiting for. One lucky fan over the age of 18 will receive their own two-seater ride at Mid-Ohio (no travel or additional opportunities provided) – simply by commenting below with your comments and feedback on what you’ve enjoyed (or not enjoyed) on our Facebook, Twitter, and Blog this season. Give us your best (and worst) but be sure to share what you hope to see more of (we might just do it!).

Have you had the Indy Racing Experience? What was your two seater ride like?

Maybe it was the countless hours put in during the month of May and the Indianapolis 500, or maybe it comes down to arriving at Texas and realizing we’re at the seventh race of the season but I’m ready for a change and am sure fans are too.

A change of what, you ask?

Our Facebook profile picture.

I love our IZOD IndyCar Series logo but, and stick with me on this one, the INDYCAR Facebook page is really a page for our fans, not us. Sure, we share information, stories, pictures, and videos, but what keeps Facebook.com/IndyCar going are great fan comments, fans answering other fan questions, and so many “likes” I’ve stopped counting at this point.

Enter the INDYCAR Facebook Fan of the Week for the June races at Texas, Milwaukee, and Iowa. Each race weekend, fans can share photos of themselves at an INDYCAR race or with their favorite INDYCAR drivers, and a quick sentence or two about why they deserve to be the Fan of the Week to other fans.

We’ll grab the photos, create a special fan photo gallery on our Facebook page, and then ask all of our Facebook fans to check out the photos and help determine the Fan of the Week on the Monday following each of the next three races.

What’s in it for you?

Your picture becomes the INDYCAR Facebook profile picture for the week following the race, identifying you as the INDYCAR Fan of the Week, and immediately spicing up our Facebook page with the real face of our page: our fans.

So get started now, head over to our Facebook page and start sharing your very best fan photos and why you think you should be our Facebook Fan of the Week!

We’re asking 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, clever, witty and good-looking judges (A.K.A. – you!).

So take a look at this entrant and leave your comments and likes here or hit us @INDYCAR with a tweet if you think Trackside Online will provide fans with the best Virtual Indy 500 coverage this week at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway!

Trackside Online | Website | Twitter “Providing INDYCAR Coverage for Over Ten Years.”

TrackSide Online presented by Honda Racing is a news service devoted exclusively to INDYCAR racing.  Commonly referred to as TSO, TrackSideOnline.com has been covering the IZOD IndyCar Series for over 10 years by attending all of the practices, qualifying sessions and races, including the international events.

A highly trusted news source, TSO’s in depth coverage is read by drivers, team owners, officials and race fans that want the inside scoop on what is really happening within INDYCAR.

That’s what we do.  So why does Joe from TSO want to run the virtual Indy 500 against other journalists?

Back before he joined up with TSO, he used to pass the time running racing simulations.  Anyone remember “Indianapolis 500: The Simulation?”

He used to spend hours trying to win in the Lola/Buick using a keyboard.  IndyCar Racing?  Grand Prix Legends?  He spent far more hours on all of these games than he probably should have.

But that was before marriage and two kids.  Why does he want to get back into sim racing against journalists?

Simple – he thinks he can win.  Is he good enough to beat anyone with any actual racing talent (real or sim)?  Of course not.

But based off some go-kart races against other journalists, and if I get some seat time in iRacing, I think I can win.

We’re asking 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, clever, witty and good-looking judges (A.K.A. – you!).

So take a look at this entrant and leave your comments and likes here or hit us @INDYCAR with a tweet if you think IndyCar Garage will provide fans with the best Virtual Indy 500 coverage this May and keep your eyes peeled for information on how fans can win a seat to race against up to three INDYCAR drivers at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway next month!

IndyCar Garage | Website | Twitter | Facebook “The Place for all IndyCar fans.”

IndyCar Garage provides a unique opportunity in social media for INDYCAR fans to interact with other INDYCAR fans. Started just after unification in 2008, IndyCar Garage has grown into a destination for fans to become members and enjoy the sport of INDYCAR racing. Memberships at IndyCar Garage are free with an email address.  Included in the many features of IndyCar Garage  are the IndyCar Garage featured blog and forum discussion page where all the latest INDYCAR topics are posted and debated, members receive notification of new forum topics and blogs by moderator Tyler Carmichael.  Check out some of the major forum topics below:

IndyCar Triple Crown coming back?

The Aero Kit delay? Good or  bad?

IndyCar Garage Weekly is a 30 minute radio show streamed live, among the guests featured on IndyCar Garage Weekly include INDYCAR CEO Randy Bernard, John Andretti, Lindy Thackston, IMS PR Director Doug Boles, Wade Cunningham, Bryan Clauson, Katherine Legge, Shannon McIntosh, Zach Veach, Spencer Pigot, and Sage Karam.

As a member at the IndyCar Garage, you can upload photos, customize your own garage page, and become friends with other members of IndyCar Garage. With over 800 members of IndyCar Garage, there are several INDYCAR fans to engage with.  Some of the featured members on IndyCar Garage are VERSUS Pit Reporter and TV personality Lindy Thackston, Andretti Autosport Star Mazda driver Sage Karam, and some of the most passionate INDYCAR fans on the planet.

IndyCar Garage also has partnership with OpenPaddock.net, where they have guest blogged, and also have content featured on the forum page. If you don’t vote for IndyCar Garage for the virtual Indy500 , we encourage you to vote for our partners over at OpenPaddock.

To conclude, IndyCar Garage would love to have your vote for the Virtual Indy500 , and we encourage you to check out our site at www.IndyCarGarage.com.  The topics and opinions on IndyCar Garage are very constructive and positive about INDYCAR and we strive to enjoy the best sport in the world, INDYCAR Racing.

We’re asking 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, clever, witty and good-looking judges (A.K.A. – you!).

So take a look at this entrant and leave your comments and likes here or hit us @INDYCAR with a tweet if you think Jeff Olson will provide fans with the best Virtual Indy 500 coverage this May and keep your eyes peeled for information on how fans can win a seat to race against up to three INDYCAR drivers at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway next month!

Jeff Olson | Twitter “Providing coverage of the IZOD IndyCar Series for RACER, Autosport and IndianapolisMotorSpeedway.com

In case you haven’t heard, the journalists who cover IndyCar racing have been asked to provide reasons why they should be included in a virtual Indy 500 – an iracing.com simulation of the race – against  fellow journalists on Carb Day. Since I can’t resist the opportunity to slam a blogger into a cartoon wall, I’ve decided to go for it. So here, written in crayon while wearing pajamas, are the top 10 reasons I should be included in the virtual 500:

10) I once rode a shopping cart into shrubbery. On purpose.

9) I once flipped a golf cart. Not on purpose.

8.) I’ll quit early to continue my never-ending search for free buffets.

7) I got so good at Grand Theft Auto that my ex-wife banned me from playing it. Notice I said “ex.”

6) Yellow shirts know me as “HEYSLOWDOWNYOUIDIOT!”

5) My sitting skills are pretty much perfected.

4) I am fully insured.

3) I promise to take out more cars on starts and restarts than Helio could ever imagine. I am a virtual bowling ball, my friend.

2) Among the many odd jobs I’ve held are cab driver and armored truck driver. Seriously. That’s gotta count for something.

And finally, the No. 1 reason to invite me:

1) I can out-swear Danica any day of the week.

We’re asking 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, clever, witty and good-looking judges (A.K.A. – you!).

So take a look at this entrant and leave your comments and likes here or hit us @INDYCAR with a tweet if you think OpenPaddock will provide fans with the best Virtual Indy 500 coverage this May and keep your eyes peeled for information on how fans can win a seat to race against up to three INDYCAR drivers at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway next month!

OpenPaddock | WebsiteFacebook Twitter | Flickr “Motorsports Commentary for Fans, by Fans.”

OpenPaddock.net is a website built by fans for fans of motorsports. What makes our site unique is the coverage we give to each facet of racing. So whether you are a fan of INDYCAR, rally, formula or sports car racing, you can get your fill and meet great fans just like you who have a genuine passion for racing. Who knows, you may begin watching a new series and learning even more about one that you currently follow!

Created by Shaun Pechin and Mike Whitesell in February of 2009, the site has expanded in the couple years since its inception. Shaun focuses his efforts on the IZOD IndyCar Series, Rally America and the World Rally Championship. Mike also focuses on the IZOD IndyCar series while also writing on Formula 1. The third addition to the crew was our chief photographer Doug Patterson. While away from the track, he also gives full coverage to the Mazda Road to Indy program and the Firestone Indy Lights series. Ken Poe is the man behind Le Mans and the American Lemans Series coverage. A passionate sports car fan, Ken brings unique insight into the world of class endurance racing. Spike Rogan offers a weekly INDYCAR column and fantasy racing insights, while Kristi Welch serves as our fan ambassador providing fan guides to each IZOD IndyCar Series race event.

OpenPaddock is also partnered with IndyCar Garage, and works extensively with INDYCAR’s official fan club, INDYCAR Nation. Both avenues allow OpenPaddock to connect with fans of the series and allows for the open exchange of ideas and opinion. OpenPaddock also allows for fans to submit their own opinion-driven editorials to be published on the site for the world to read. Have an opinion on a hot topic? Submit an OP-ed segment for the world to read!

There are many awesome plans coming together for OpenPaddock.net and we want you to be here for the evolution of this site and us as fans. We want to genuinely thank you for stopping by and hope you will tell your friends about us. The only thing we ask here at this site is that you keep the posts clean of derogatory language and treat everybody as a person. There are a number of sites on the web today that belittle those with an opinion and we want to be a safe haven where all can participate in an online community populated by sound, reasoned, passionate and courteous motorsports fans.

We’re asking 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, clever, witty and good-looking judges (A.K.A. – you!).

So take a look at this entrant and leave your comments and likes here or hit us @INDYCAR with a tweet if you think Auto Racing News will provide fans with the best Virtual Indy 500 coverage this May and keep your eyes peeled for information on how fans can win a seat to race against up to three INDYCAR drivers at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway next month!

AUTORACINGNEWS.ORG | WebsiteFacebook Twitter “Off-the-beaten path features, analysis and storytelling of lesser-known or hidden aspects of the IZOD IndyCar Series.”

Auto Racing News is a multidimensional media outlet committed to not simply informing IndyCar fans about Series developments, in the way that traditional sports journalists do, but going beyond race results and driver statistics by engaging fans on an emotional level through provocative and unique content.

Partnered with The Big Lead, an edgy sports blog (think Sports Illustrated meets The Huffington Post) that attracts more than 15 million unique visitors a month, Auto Racing News pads race coverage with off-the-beaten path features, analysis and storytelling (consider:  “What IndyCar Drivers Can Learn From Tommy Lasorda”, “Did IndyCar Break Up Motley Crue?”) of lesser-known or hidden aspects of the IZOD IndyCar Series.

New for 2011 is the loosely defined “Racing Reads” section that highlights books (old and new) that tell compelling stories about earlier days of racing or that bring to light cultural icons whose lives have intersected with open-wheel racing.  The “Behind the Scenes” pieces shed insight into unconsidered sides of the sport such as potential career paths for fans interested in combining their passion for IndyCar with employment opportunities.

IndyCar coverage on Auto Racing News is written by Robyn Lynne Schechter, a motorsports attorney and freelance writer, who lives in Los Angeles, California.  Unlike the well-established elements of IndyCar’s press corp, she enjoys complete creative freedom from Auto Racing New’s owner and editor-in-chief Dale Ford, and is not obliged to write six paragraphs each race about Danica Patrick regardless of where she places. With no political agenda to adhere to, a passion for storytelling and knowledge of the sport, Schechter is able to connect readers to the sport on diverse levels.

Auto Racing News readers can also feel good about this:  each time they read a story on autoracingnews.org, a child fighting cancer benefits.

All advertising revenue generated by Auto Racing News in 2011 will be donated to Racing For Cancer.  Racing For Cancer is a non-profit organization whose global ambassador is IZOD IndyCar Series driver, and recently appointed LIVESTRONG Global Envoy, Ryan Hunter-Reay.  Some of Racing For Cancer proceeds will be used to finance its “Children’s Cancer Fighter of the Race” program.  Through this program, one young child who is battling cancer is given an invitation to an IZOD IndyCar Series race and VIP treatment throughout the weekend at some of the races throughout the season. Other programs under development will be supported as Racing for Cancer expands its support to the cancer community going forward.

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.

Earlier this week, on our Facebook page we posted a photo of Will Power and asked fans to provide captions for the image. We’ve selected the top five submissions (from a total of 200 comments) and are now asking fans to vote for their favorite. The winner with the highest number of votes by 11:59PM EST on Thursday, April 14 will receive an IndyCar Prize Pack. Fans can Tweet @IndyCar their favorite caption or leave their choice below!

Jump!

Fans, you decide what the caption on this Will Power photo should say!

1. Jarod Chown “After winning at Barber, Will Power auditioned for Dancing with the Stars.”

2. Chad Hayes – “I know you can hear me, but can you SEE ME NOW?!”

3. Eric Jones – “Stick the landing!”

4. Shelly Lynn Rees – “I didn’t know that was an eject button.”

5. Kyle Crass – “I have to go now. My planet needs me.”

Earlier this week, on our Facebook page we posted a photo and asked fans to provide captions for the image. We’ve selected the top five submissions (from a total of 81 comments) and are now asking fans to vote for their favorite. The winner with the highest number of votes by 11:59PM EST on Monday, March 21 will receive an IndyCar Prize Pack. Fans can Tweet @IndyCar their favorite caption or leave their choice below!

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNER Chris Sparks who captioned this photo of Will Power:

Will Power

“Chip, I’m gonna come at you like a spider monkey!!!”

1. Gene Bardonner – “I’m not only a racecar driver, I’m a guitar hero too.”
2. Austin Erlewine – “C’mon bro, I got tiger blood!”
3. Dave von Falkenstein – “Yo, I’m Will to the P, O, to the ower.”
4. Chris Sparks – “Chip, I’m gonna come at you like a spider monkey!!!”
5. Terry Mitchell – “Ever see the Aussie version of Happy Days? Heeeeyyy Fonzi here!”