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Getting Connected to #IndyCar

Posted on: March 17, 2014 | Comments(18) | Fans, New Media | By: Cassie

We’re rounding the fourth turn of the off-season, and the start of 2014 IndyCar action is in our sights. With the announcement of Verizon as title sponsor, the return of drivers like Jacques Villenueve and the debut of drivers like Kurt Busch, this season is shaping up to be an exciting one. Don’t miss out on a second of it!

IndyCar at Texas Motor Speedway in 2013

Below is a list of the best ways to stay connected to everything IndyCar related in the coming months.

iOS Devices | Android Devices

  • Follow @IndyCar on Twitter – We’ll provide live updates during races, insider news on teams and driver announcements as well as tons of fun photos and videos
  • Use #IndyCar – Using the official hash tag will keep you in the IndyCar conversation all season long. If you fall behind on your IndyCar news, just search the hash tag on Twitter and read up on the latest info
  • Like IndyCar Series on Facebook – Join over 200,000 other IndyCar fans on Facebook. We’ll share YouTube videos, race results, behind-the-scenes photos and more
  • Follow @indycar on Instagram – Photos from pit lane, the garages, press conferences and anywhere else the fastest drivers in the world might be
  • Visit IndyCar.com – This is the IndyCar information hub! Daily news articles, driver stats, the season schedule, TV tune-in information and so much more

These are your best bet to being the first to know any and all IndyCar information. How do you usually get your IndyCar news?

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!

FANtastic Contest Winners

Posted on: October 20, 2010 | Comments(2) | Fans, New Media | By: Admin

When you win an  IZOD IndyCar Series Contest, we dig deeper! Actually, we just request that the recipient take a photo with their new gear and send it to us- Nothing creepy, we just want to make sure our winners are happy. We also want to feature them on our website and Flickr account, because let’s face it- race fans are passionate people and we like to give appreciation when appreciation is due! Today we are featuring two of our contest winners, Courtney Braden and Rudi Womack:

Courtney Braden may not know this, but she was the first contest winner since we began “Contest Wednesdays” back in June.  She won a RT contest on Twitter (@IndyCarNation) by being the 50th person to retweet our message- pretty cool, so a big thanks to Courtney for being our guinea pig!

Contest winner: Courtney Braden

Courtney with her IZOD IndyCar Series Prizes

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What are your off-season plans?

Posted on: October 5, 2010 | Comments(36) | Fans | By: Daniel

What do you do in the off-season? Do you watch re-runs of all the 2010 races? Start planning for the 2011 season? Work on your Fantasy Racing team? We want to know.

Chip Ganassi and team

The 2010 IZOD IndyCar Champions

It’s only been a few days since Dario Franchitti won the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series Championship…but I’ve already noticed some interesting online withdrawal. @IndyCarNation follower @NDcarTwit tweeted: “Think everyone should take a month off, and then let’s go again! Can’t wait till next Spring for more IndyCar racing!”

On our Facebook page, Wendy Gilbert wrote, “I’m in withdrawal already. Can’t wait until March 27th!” And another Facebook IndyCar fan – Leoth Wade, said” I’m ready now for the 2011 Indy 500. I can’t wait for it. Thanks to IZOD for making 2010 a great season.”

You really like your IndyCar racing.

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Enhancing the fan experience is the goal, and Verizon is delivering with its IndyCar Mobile app that was launched Aug. 19 – just in time for the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma – for the Android platform that includes all Android devices.

You can check out Will Power

Check out your fave drivers, like Will Power

Incorporating social media functions Twitter and Facebook, news and video, the IndyCar Mobile app brings all the action of race weekends to fans — whether they’re in the grandstands or vicariously at the racetrack.

The IZOD IndyCar Series app for the Android platform is part of Verizon’s relationship with the IZOD IndyCar Series, and enhancements, including real-time timing and scoring will be added through the 2010 season.

Get details about app, including how to download, and about Verizon’s Android by logging on to mobile.vzw.com/indycar on an Android phone version 1.6 or newer.

Covering Sonoma

Posted on: August 21, 2010 | Comments(4) | New Media, Race Tracks | By: Daniel

Infineon Raceway is a beautiful track in Sonoma, California with elevation changes and yellow hills surrounding the track. The mornings are overcast before giving way to bright, bright sun later in the day. It’s a great venue for fans, it’s also not too bad if you’re shooing video or images.

Curbs and track

A shot from yesterday morning at Infineon Raceway

You may have noticed that we publish a lot of content throughout the race weekend – via Tweets, Facebook updates, countless IndyCar.com changes and news stories, live video and timing and scoring through Race Control, and images to Flickr, video to YouTube, and RSS feeds for each driver and team. It’s a content juggling act.

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Life with Trophy Girl

Posted on: August 3, 2010 | Comments(9) | (L)IZOD | By: Admin

IZOD wouldn’t be IZOD ifIZOD Trophy Girl 1 there wasn’t a model involved, right? Personally, I might have preferred Mark Wahlberg in his CK undies, but Cameron has definitely been a welcome sight to the fans this year.

The role of IZOD Trophy Girl was born at the first race in Brazil. We found a gal. And then an interpreter. It did not go well. Our trophy chick, while gorgeous, was a little more interested in taking pictures of drivers than doing her job. So, onward to St. Pete, where Miss Cameron was cast and the adventures begin.

For most fans, you’ve seen her on TV skillfully placed behind a driver during a post-race interview or hanging out in podium photos. Is it too much? Is it too “Where’s Waldo?” Possibly…but maybe you’ve noticed the Sprint Cup girls have picked up a few Cameron’isms in Victory Circle these days.

I’ve definitely had a variety of roles this season, but the role of pseudo-security guarIZOD Trophy Girl 2d is the most comical. From red carpet police to Wahlberg’s 500 escort, I’ve already had my fair share hands-in-faces (both giving and receiving). When serving as escort, getting Cameron from one location to another is always a circus. I certainly try to be nice, but if you’re grabbing her through a fence, or yelling, gawking or hovering in excess, then momma bear kicks in. Cameron calls it “assertiveness.” Ha! My description starts with a big ole “B.”

In addition to competing for face time with the Firestone Firehawk, she’s there to be in your photos and ham it up for tIZOD Trophy Girl 3he crowd. Wearing a firesuit and walking around a racetrack can be darn confusing to people. Early in the season, she was sometimes Danica, often Ana, and (still) almost always Milka. While we zoom through crowds in a golf cart, fans yell “Good luck, today!” as if she’s driving in the race. With a smile and wave, Cameron gives a cheerful, “thank you!” and we roll on towards our destination.

In between marathon meetings and credential duty, my race-day time with Cameron is a fun little break. Maybe I can be seen in fan pictures on random Facebook pages…but just half of me, off to the side, arms crossed, most likely staring at a phone. Tracked out in my red and white uniform (like Waldo), windblown and sunburnt, [L]IZOD looks pretty weary (and short) next to the tall, dazzling, lipglossed lady in the IZOD firesuit.

Follow Us

Posted on: July 9, 2010 | Comments (1) | New Media | By: Daniel

Most of you do – and we’re really thankful for that. One thing I’ve noticed about IndyCar fans is that they’re passionate, vocal, knowledgeable and hungry for good online content. We’re trying to do a much better job with the online experience we offer.

There’s a section on the IndyCar website called Follow Us. Not sure if you’ve seen it or not. It’s a listing of all things digital. Intrigued? Check it.

It covers all the basics. You’ve watched our videos on YouTube. You’re likely a fan or ‘liker’ on Facebook. And hopefully you’ve participated in some of our contests through Twitter.

We’ve pushed really hard on Flickr this season, to give you behind-the-scenes access to all of the IZOD IndyCar Series races and events. Here’s one of my favorites.

Sandwich on a helmet

Yep, a sandwich on the helmet

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IndyCar Fans Unite

Posted on: July 1, 2010 | Comments(2) | New Media, Race Tracks | By: Admin

What better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than with an IndyCar race? Red, white and blue, New York and a blur of IndyCars racing around Watkins Glen– Sign me up! And what better way to celebrate our fans than by giving away cool IndyCar stuff?

Happy Fourth of July Race Fans

What you may already know (especially if you are reading this blog) is that the new media department has been trying to keep our fans online experience nothing short of legendary.

What you may not know is that we have amped up our social media interaction by running give-away contests. That means, every week for the past month we have given away an exclusive race fan prize pack via our Twitter ReTweet (RT) contest.

Past winner's comment!

Past winner's comment!

We want you to win something! Just RT the special contest tweet posted by @IndyCarNation and if you happen to be the 50th RT then you win! Simple, easy, FANtastic. I’ll even give you a hint: we usually run the contest on Wednesdays so keep your tweepers peeled for the special contest tweet.

More things you may not know: Did you know NASCAR has more fans than IndyCar on Facebook? They also have more followers on Twitter! Not knocking on NASCAR but I’d like to think the IndyCar Series has a similarly large, if not larger fan base! We want all of your fans to be represented so check us out on Facebook here and follow us on Twitter here.

Patriotic Fans

These social sites enable us to give you brand spanking new photos, videos, blogs, driver /team information, news and most importantly feedback! Ask us a question or tell us what is on your mind.  Look forward to interacting with you! Shout out to @jscott_grtv for winning the RT contest yesterday- Congrats!

Unfortunately, there was no IZOD IndyCar Series race this past weekend. One question seemed to weigh heavy on the new media department’s mind- What would our loyal race fans do?!  

For the sake of being nosy, we asked them straight up. The response was overwhelming! Both our Facebook page and Twitter thread began to pile up with feedback.  A grand total of 258 Facebook comments and endless tweets later we had some idea of what our fans were up to. The bulk of the comments revolved around racing-Duh. There were some big races this weekend that were not part of the IndyCar Series, for instance, the Formula 1 race in Montreal and the infamous LeMans 24 Hour Race

The technology behind IndyCar

We asked, you answered.

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