Posts Tagged ‘ Fans ’

FANtastic Contest Winners

Posted on: October 20, 2010 | Comments (1) | 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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Sarah Fisher: Risk Taker

Posted on: October 15, 2010 | Comments(10) | Drivers | By: Admin

Last night, Sarah Fisher, driver for the IZOD IndyCar Series and owner of the Sarah Fisher Racing Team received the “Risk Taker” leading light award from Women and Hi Tech in Indianapolis. The Leading Light Award ceremony honored women from Indiana with achievements in science, education, and technology.

Fisher at the Podium

Sarah Fisher at the Podium

Fisher was very deserving of the “Risk Taker” award; she took a large leap for women in the field of auto sports when she began her own team- Sarah Fisher Racing in 2008. This season shows her team has done very well. They secured a sponsor, Dollar General, placed 26 out of 41 in the IZOD IndyCar Series and has an incredible fan following! Just check out her Twitter: @SarahFisher67

Fisher appreciated her fans’ support all season- at the Indy 500 her IndyCar had a logo that said “This One is for the Fans.” She also had her fans design her helmet for the title race in Miami-Homestead to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Fisher even camped out in the “Fan Lot” at the Mid-Ohio Race!

Sarah Fisher receives "Risk Taker Award"

Women and Hi Tech- Leading Lights Award Ceremony

Fisher was extremely grateful for receiving the Risk Taker award and praised the other nominees for their contributions to women and technology. Fisher said, “Without all of you I couldn’t go 220mph!”

What do you think of Sarah Fisher’s achievements? Learn more about Women and Hi Tech by visiting: womenandhitech.org.

{Admin Note} With all of the excitement——and questions around the Future IndyCar Concept Announcement. We at IndyCar.com thought we’d enlist our users to have fun with the open design concept that the 2012 IndyCar chassis will endorse.  For more information please visit the www.indycar.com/2012 page for interviews, car information and of course…the details on how you can design your own concept.

Courtesy of OpenWheelAmerica.com, another hand-drawn 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series chassis design by Christopher Leone:

Fan design: 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series chassis design

Christopher Leone's Design

This is the latest design submission, would  love to see different angles of this spec.

Can’t wait to see what everyone else is coming up with–submit your designs!! We enjoy posting your work so get to the drawing board and come up with something creative and innovative!

New 2012 Chassis Designs

Posted on: September 28, 2010 | Comments(2) | 2012 Chassis Designs | By: Jarrod

Take a look at the latest fan submitted car designs- first up is Rick Jone’s design:

Fan design for the 2012 chassis

Rick Jone's design on track!

Rick says, “This design is BAT 012. It is based upon a design that I created a while back using the 1981 Interscope car as my inspiration.”

We also got another hand drawn submission. This one is by Junior Colanzi:

Junior Colanzi Design angle view

Junior Colanzi's Design

Front view, kind of cool:

Junior Colanzi Design Front view

Colanzi's Design- Front View

What do you think? We have truly been enjoying your submissions so far. If you want to design your own 2012 chassis and be featured on our Flickr Set and blog, all the information is listed below. Have Fun- Looking forward to what else you come up with!

{Admin Note} With all of the excitement——and questions around the Future IndyCar Concept Announcement. We at IndyCar.com thought we’d enlist our users to have fun with the open design concept that the 2012 IndyCar chassis will endorse.  For more information please visit the www.indycar.com/2012 page for interviews, car information and of course…the details on how you can design your own concept.

Title race: Q&A and YOU

Posted on: September 24, 2010 | Comments(43) | Drivers, Fans, Race Tracks | By: Admin

Next week kicks off the countdown to the IZOD IndyCar Series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. As you know, competition is tight between championship contenders Dario Franchitti and Will Power, and naturally we want to know what’s on your mind.

So we are reaching out to the fans for questions for these drivers during their media ventures on Tuesday Sept. 28. Let’s get started- what do you want to ask them? All you have to do is leave a question on this blog and we will pick a few to have the drivers answer.

Championship Contenders: Franchitti v.Power

Who will it be?

We are also meeting with Target Chip Ganassi Racing  owner Chip Ganassi on Friday, Oct. 1, so if you have questions for him or the championship contenders this is the place to ask.

Questions that are selected will be included in a video segment that will be featured on indycar.com.

With  2 races to go and 5th place in the series getting ever closer the heat was on us to figure out the last scraps of speed in the car on ovals and  keep the awesome streak of top 5 finishes going. Kentucky was up and another demanding 1.5 mile flat out oval challenge we had to tackle with  both hands.

Qualifying went extremely well. Once I’d gotten over the initial running around a new oval flat out at 190 mph we  managed to eek out a pretty decent setup and overall speed to place the  car 5th for the race. Things were really looking up as we figured our car’s strongest point wasn’t in outright speed on it’s own, it was  better suited for running in traffic in the race. It usually stays strong and helps me bring it home in the top 5.

Dan Clarke

Dan Clarke

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Fans get closer at ‘500′

Posted on: September 22, 2010 | Comments (0) | Drivers | By: Dave

Not feeling the effects of jetlag from Tokyo to Indianapolis, reigning Indianapolis 500 and IZOD IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti on Sept. 21 had the opportunity to drive two special cars at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

He presented the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS Pace Car replica to a sweepstakes winner – giving Bruce Barhydt of North Carolina and his wife a high-speed ride around the track – and got behind the wheel of the Lotus that his racing hero, fellow Scotsman Jim Clark, drive to victory in the 1965 Indianapolis 500. The car was restored last year in Indianapolis.

The Barhydts & Dario Franchitti

Franchitti with the Sweepstakes Winners

“I never thought I get to drive that car,” he said.Formula One, Indy 500, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, IMS, Indianapolis 500,  “I got to stand next to it one day and that was pretty intense. “It was a lifetime dream to drive that car, and to drive it here at the Speedway was incredible.”

Earlier this month, Franchitti attended the Formula One race weekend at Monza, Italy, and compared the electricity to the Indy 500.

“As a kid I went to Monza when I was about 6 years old,” he said. “My dad was doing some practice in a Formula 3 car. It’s kind of like going to the Speedway when it’s quiet. It’s kind of like being in an empty church.

“Then you go there for the Grand Prix and it’s like going to Indy for the 500. The place was mad and obviously the Ferrari fans were going nuts with (Fernando) Alonso winning. It’s a different atmosphere than IndyCar because the fans don’t get near the paddock. You have this madness and go through these barriers and then it’s quiet all of a sudden. That was quite interesting.”

Super Friendly Fans

Posted on: September 18, 2010 | Comments(6) | Drivers, Fans, Race Tracks | By: Daniel

Prior to this trip everyone kept mentioning how friendly the fans were in Japan. I believed them – I’ve already seen that at the previous IndyCar races this season. Our fans are passionate, committed and of course, very nice. Motegi is a different experience. For one, it’s a different culture, language, continent and time zone. It’s also the adopted home track for Hideki Mutoh and Takuma Sato – not to mention Roger Yasukawa – and these fans really love these drivers.

Smile!

Happy fans

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A Design from Argentina

Posted on: September 15, 2010 | Comments(2) | 2012 Chassis Designs, Fans, New Media | By: Jarrod

Compliation by Adrian ablo Larrondo

Adrian's Compliation

Apologizes for the image size, it was this size or pixelated! Hopefully the designer’s comments will help with the formatting issue:

“Hi, I’m Adrian Larrondo, industrial design student in Argentina. My concept is inspired by the lines of the 50 aircraft and try to move them to the safety Selda Ustad provided.

This design is the first of three concepts that I developed for the category, all my work I found in my facebook and consult enthusiasts, from already thank you very much for the opportunity to show my designs and on this side of the world there are not many competitions on cars is my passion.”

Think you can come up with a design? We want your submissions!

{Admin Note} With all of the excitement——and questions around the Future IndyCar Concept Announcement. We at IndyCar.com thought we’d enlist our users to have fun with the open design concept that the 2012 IndyCar chassis will endorse.  For more information please visit the www.indycar.com/2012 page for interviews, car information and of course…the details on how you can design your own concept.

Web Talk with Scott Dixon

Posted on: September 10, 2010 | Comments(3) | Web Talk | By: Admin

Scott Dixon won the 2009 race in Milwaukee , so we felt it was only appropriate that his Web Talk be featured on the same day that the 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series Schedule Announcement was made at…you guessed it- The Milwaukee Mile!

Kind of smiling Dixon

Scott Dixon- Geek for Electronics

See what Dixon has to say about his inner geek:

  • Loving Google
  • What he thinks about Twitter (@scottdixon9)
  • The last thing he bought online… you’d be surprised!

Check it out: