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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.

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.

Blog Girl

Posted on: April 15, 2011 | Comments(25) | Random | By: Beccy

Hi All.  Some of you may know me from twitter (@BeccyGordon), others from the track and now you will know me as the girl who blogs on IndyCar.com

Here’s my story, so you know where I’m coming from for future blogs…

I’m a girl who literally grew up racing.  My great-grandfather raced IndyCars back in the early 1900s, his name was Huntly Gordon. He raced in several Vanderbilt Cup races and practiced for the Indianapolis 500.  Back in the day, each car entered in the race would have a few drivers practice the car. The official driver was established on race morning.  I assume that’s why, they always say the car is entered in the race, not the driver (ie- the Junquiera & Tagliani situation last May).  It would have been awesome if he could have raced in the Indy 500.  I’m obsessed with the history of IMS and that would have made the story too perfect.

Huntly Gordon

Huntly Gordon

My dad races off-road cars. My mom pre-ran the Baja 500 when she was seven months pregnant with me.   I’ve asked her why, and she looks at me like… “Why? Why not?”  Maybe that’s where I get my spunk.  My parents were young and that’s what they did, they loved the desert.  My mom wasn’t letting a pregnancy keep her down.  Here’s the picture, my parents in my dad’s 1970s buggy, shocks with 2 inches of travel going across the Baja Peninsula, my brother, Robby, ratchet strapped to the gas tank, my sister on my mom’s lap and me in her belly.  It’s a hilarious sight if you can picture it and probably defines our family well.

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Here we go, this week in INDYCAR and we’re off to the races (well, almost). Starting with the BIG, no HUGE, announcement that Las Vegas Motor Speedway will play host to the races that will crown the IZOD IndyCar Series and Firestone Lights champions– the IZOD IndyCar World Championship. INDYCAR will even up the ante of the IZOD IndyCar Series race by welcoming challengers to a high-stakes shootout on the high-banked oval. Read more about the $5 Million Challenge, which driver do you hope to see bid for their chance to win the IZOD IndyCar World Championship this year?

A better view of the strip.

IZOD IndyCar Series drivers prepared to take on Vegas

For fans, the announcements get even better. Purchase a ticket to any IZOD IndyCar Series race this season and you’re eligible to redeem a ticket to the season finale. Full details will be announced March 1 on IndyCar.com. “This is a time when INDYCAR can tell our fans that we thank them for their support,” said Randy Bernard earlier this week (read more about the ticket offer here). All that remains to be asked is, who’s up for a Vegas Vacation this fall?

IndyCar fans in Milwaukee got a treat on Saturday when driver, Justin Wilson, made an appearance along with the Milwaukee Bucks at the Greater Milwaukee Auto Show and then later in the day joined the NBA franchise for their game against the Chicago Bulls. The appearance is part of a series of other planned community appearances counting down the 110 days remaining until the 2011 Milwaukee Mile.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced that fans ages 9-17 will be able to visit the Gasoline Alley garage area this May 14-28 with the purchase of a Junior Garage Credential. Can’t wait for the Indianapolis 500 in May? Check out TheGreatest33.com in the meantime where fans can sign up for early admission to the interactive (i.e. very cool) Indianapolis 500 website. This year’s race will also feature a noon ET start time (read about it). This week, Sam Schmidt Motorsports announced that  Jay Howard will join them in an attempt to qualify for the 100th anniversary running of the Indianapolis 500. Read more here about Howard’s first attempts to qualify for the Indy 500 in 2010 and what his goals are for the 2011 running. Are you making plans to be at this year’s race too?

Gasoline Alley

Gasoline Alley at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Fans on Twitter may have caught this week’s big announcement that this spring’s the May Indy Tweetup will present the #BeatCancer Bash in support of Racing for Cancer. New to the May Indy Tweetup? Find out what two IndyCar fans with a seemingly endless phone battery life (it’s not easy to tweet as often as you eat) and a huge passion for racing launched in 2010 and have planned for 2011.

Ryan Hunter-Reay, an ambassador for Racing for Cancer, lent his support this past week for a cross-country bike ride to raise funds and awareness for cancer. Read more about the driver’s efforts here. It’s always cool to keep tabs on what drivers are doing outside of the track, but, speaking of racing…

We’re a month away from St. Pete (a month? No, no, 25 days to be precise) and plans are underway for the party (read more here). And the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach announced this week at on April 16, a star-studded field will race over 10 laps on the Long Beach street circuit in identically prepared, race-ready Scion tCs. Get a look at the celeb line-up here.

Scenic

The overhead view of the temporary street circuit in St. Petersburg for the 2010 Honda Grand Prix of St. Pete.

But first comes testing (Testing? What? Why? Read more here). It’s close, oh so close and we’re ready to watch. Team Penske’s Will Power, Ryan Briscoe and Helio Castroneves, along with KV Racing Technology-Lotus drivers E.J. Viso and Takuma Sato, will join Chip Ganassi’s Charlie Kimball and Vitor Meira for testing on March 1 (as in, only 2 more days). Other drivers will be testing March 9-10 at Sebring International Raceway. All leading up to the March 14-15 Open Test at Barber Motorsports Park. Which driver will you have your eyes on during testing?

IZOD IndyCar Series drivers, Graham Rahal and Charlie Kimball welcomed members of the INDYCAR staff to Brownsburg, Indiana for an inside look at the new Service Central-Norvo Nordisk Ganassi Shop. Read more about the visit and discover what their teams are doing to prepare for the 2011 season. There’s also a complete Flickr set available for fans with a photo tour of the shop.

A birds eye view of the new headquarters

Birds-eye view of the new Service Central-Norvo Nordisk Ganassi Shop in Brownsburg, IN.

It was a busy week for tracks with Iowa Speedway asking fans what they hope to see at this year’s Iowa Corn Indy 250, the series saying “Sayonara” to Twin Ring Motegi and drivers reacting to the newly unveiled Edmonton Indy circuit layout. Following the announcement, IZOD IndyCar Series driver Ryan Briscoe (@RyanBriscoe6) tweeted that the new layout looked great for passing opportunities.

Ryan Briscoe on Twitter

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Justin Wilson (@JustinWilson22) replied to agree with Ryan and add that the new layout will have some brake zones and looks like fun.

Justin Wilson on Twitter

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The online IndyCar fan community jumped on this week’s Photo Caption contest. Fans were asked to provide a caption to a unique Sarah Fisher Racing photo. Over 213 Facebook submissions were received and fans even saw Sarah Fisher Racing leave a message saying the contest was funny! The field was then narrowed down to the top 5 captions and fans voted for their winner (click here to see the final votes). Congratulations to Colleen Ney McGuire for her winning submission “I don’t care if you say ‘pretty please.’ You’re not driving the car!” Colleen will receive an IndyCar prize pack in plenty of time for the 2011 season.

The online community stayed busy with activity when news broke that Barber Motorsports Park was offering a special Groupon discount for fans of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. Fans could save $110 on two, Sunday General Admission tickets when buying into the exclusive deal. The Groupon deal brought a subtle reminder that just 53 days remain until the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.

Honda Grand Prix of Alabama Groupon

Fans could save $110 when purchasing Two, Sunday General Admission tickets for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

The racing community was rocked this week by the passing of long-time Indianapolis Motor Speedway public address announcer, Tom Carnegie (read more here).

“Tom Carnegie was a true gentleman and a legend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and throughout the state of Indiana.  For so many years his unmistakable voice signified the beginning of the month of May and the Indianapolis 500. We will certainly miss Tom and his spirit, his unique style of announcing and his passion for racing.” -Roger Penske

Click here to see more of what the IndyCar community has had to say about the track legend this week. There’s simply no more-fitting way, so I will close this week’s recap with a video tribute to Tom Carnegie:

Race fans in Indianapolis had plenty to cheer about today– despite being weeks away from the new season. As part of Macy’s Santa Tour, the official Macy’s Santa visited the track to receive letters from children. For each letter received, Macy’s will donate $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Fans were rewarded with free admission to the Hall of Fame museum, cookies and hot chocolate, as well as a special holiday story from the big guy himself.

Santa stops by to visit the children of Indianapolis

Macy's Santa visits the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

As one IndyCar fan recently mentioned via Facebook: “I love to see the Indy(Car) drivers do good things for people. They need PR and more in the news. I really dont think that they get the mentions they deserve!”

The visit to Indianapolis Motor Speedway marks yet another charitable initiative supported by race fans this off-season. From children’s hospital visits to food drives and community donations, IndyCar fans, teams and drivers have all been decidedly, extra good this year.

Bitter cold and heavy snow covered the IMS grounds, but many fans came out, undaunted, to represent the racing community and support the charitable initiative. After visits to the Pagoda and Yard of Bricks, Santa headed inside to greet the crowd and tour the Museum. Upon closer examination of the Marmon Wasp, Santa declared that it might even be time to trade his sleigh in for an IndyCar.

Santa and his elves debate trading in his sleigh for a nicer ride

Santa Decides it might be time to trade in his Sleigh

Unable to make it out today or not from the Indianapolis-area? Check out a video from the event here.

This weekend marks the second annual Winter Indy Tweetup– a grassroots, IndyCar fan event co-hosted by Monica Hilton and Elizabeth Lenzi. Today’s blog talks about the creation of the Winter Indy Tweetup and what these ladies are planning to make the second Winter Indy Tweetup a success. Interested in getting involved? Find a full schedule of events and find out more by visiting their website.

The season’s over…now what?

Like many IndyCar fans, the two of us found ourselves wondering exactly that as we headed home from the season finale at Homestead in October 2009. Without any races for five months, we would be forced to focus on the less exciting things in our lives like work, family, and friends. We knew something had to be done.

Throughout the season, each of us had attended tweetups organized by Pat Caporali, who was then at Vision Racing. We’d had a lot of fun meeting with other race fans and hearing from the special guests at each event, but now we’d be missing out on the good times until next season. Maybe it was the extreme heat in Miami or spending too long around ethanol fumes, but we started to wonder if we could try to organize our own off-season event to get us, and race fans like us, through that bleak time in our lives.

Two months and a lot of hard work later, smack dab in the middle of winter, a ray of sunshine shone down upon the Racing Capital of the World as 50+ race fans from all across the United States and Canada gathered for the first annual weekend-long Winter Indy Tweetup. We made new friends, exchanged race stories, rented out an indoor go-karting facility for the afternoon and, oh yeah, toured the legendary basement of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. We were even featured on local news station WRTV 6’s sports segment that night. One of us even met her future husband there. In short, it was completely epic. Before the weekend was over, we knew the Winter Indy Tweetup would be back again next year.

Once October rolled around again, we barely had time to mourn the end of another season. We hit the ground running and we’ve been going ever since, pulling out all the stops to make this year’s Winter Indy Tweetup even better than before.

The party starts on Friday night at McGilvery’s Pub and Eatery, where Autosport Radio with Don Kay is broadcast. Don himself will be there with videos of vintage Indy 500s, and IMS’s own historian Donald Davidson will be hosting a special trivia contest.

On Saturday, we have some great surprises planned for our own unique version of an IMS tour (and you’ve heard how we do IMS tours). After that, it’s on to the Greatest Spectacle in Go-Kart Racing – our wildly popular Grand Prix at Fastimes Indoor Karting sponsored by Fanimation. We’ll round out the night with the Main Event Party, where WIT attendees can mingle and have a shot at winning something from our long list of giveaways that have been donated by many IndyCar shops in the area.

Finally, on Sunday morning, WIT attendees can recover from the weekend and say goodbye to friends new and old at the classic and delicious Charlie Brown’s Pancake and Steakhouse in Speedway.

Needless to say, we’re beyond excited for this weekend. It combines our love for IndyCar with truly wonderful, dedicated race fans that we’re proud to call friends. Hope to see you there!

The co-founders of Winter Indy Tweetup, Elizabeth Lenzi and Monica Hilton, can be found on Twitter @happyfish103 and @the_race_gIRL. Follow the Winter Indy Tweetup on Twitter with the hashtag #WinterIndyTweetup– be sure to keep an eye out for updates from the IndyCar Twitter page @IndyCarNation.

Flickr and most favorited

Posted on: October 31, 2010 | Comments(4) | Drivers, Flickr | By: Daniel

In continuing the IndyCar Flickr Series, we’re looking at the images most “favorited” by you over this year. Flickr offers the option of “favoriting” an image – this will simply place the image into a permanent gallery. You can access it anytime. Kind of cool. You favorite our images a lot. Thank you for that.

In continuing the IndyCar Flickr Series, we’re looking at the images most “favorited” by YOU this year. Unlike the previous two measurements – Interestingness and Views – this category places the emphasis back on photography and the people behind the lens (sorry helmet and 2012 chassis designers).

And continuing this blog series tradition – what’s our 99th most favorited image?

Power Leads

Turn one at St. Pete - 2 favorites

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IndyCar & Baseball

Posted on: October 22, 2010 | Comments(7) | Random | By: Dave

The IZOD IndyCar Series’ 2011 schedule basically runs concurrently with the Major League Baseball regular season and League Championship Series playoff schedule. And because IndyCar visits many markets with major league and Triple-A teams, this is a public service for potential vacation planning.

IZOD Tool Boxes

IZOD on the Road- Tool Boxes

Dates on which there’s a baseball homestand or individual game near an IndyCar event venue:

March 27 – Streets of St. Petersburg (Fla.). The Tampa Bay Rays open the season at Tropicana Field with an April 1-3 homestand against Minnesota. Extend your spring break stay from the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

April 10 – Barber Motorsports Park (Ala.). The Atlanta Braves’ home opening stand is April 8-10 against Philadelphia.

April 17 – Streets of Long Beach (Calif.). St. Louis visits the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 14-17.

May 29 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Triple-A Indianapolis Indians have a homestand in which they play host to Columbus (May 13-16) and Buffalo (May 17-20). Opening Day at the Speedway is May 14, with Pole Day on May 21.

June 11 – Texas Motor Speedway. The Texas Rangers are home to Detroit on June 6-8 if you want to come early and watch a game or two before the racing doubleheader under the lights.

June 19 – The Milwaukee Mile. The Brewers kick off a homestand June 20 against Tampa Bay.

June 25 – Iowa Speedway. The Triple-A Iowa Cubs play host to Memphis (June 21-24) and Albuquerque (June 25-28). June 24 is Fireworks Night.

Aug. 28 – Infineon Raceway (Calif.). The San Francisco Giants play host to Houston (Aug. 25-28).

Sept. 4 – Streets of Baltimore. The Orioles’ homestand against Toronto ends Sept. 1. The Washington Nationals are home to the New York Mets on Sept. 2-4 and continue their homestands Sept. 5 against Los Angeles.