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This coming week will mark the IZOD IndyCar Series’ final round of the season at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. For the occasion the boys at ArtRotondo.com decided to break the walls down and unleash one of their finest works yet — Graham Rahal’s Sin City helmet.

This helmet was produced to pay tribute to the Indycar’s arrival to the city and to the city’s great attributes. Hoping that this helmet will be enough of edge that Graham will need to lead the final lap of the race and take the checkered flag to end his 2011 on a high note.

The end of season marks a lot of other end of season helmets for many others, including Vitor Meira’s latest helmets that he will also be sporting in Las Vegas along with Sebastian Saavedra’s upgraded more colorful Colombian influenced helmets.

In the DTM series, Mercedes top driver Gary Paffett unveiled his end of season helmets which include a special matte “Bizarro” version of his classic helmet which is already making head waves throughout the racing world.

Finally US racing prodigy Alexander Rossi hopes to finish on top of his World Series by Renault season with his brand new modified helmet style complete with his trademark ghost pattern palm trees to pay tribute to his native of California, so that the entire world see’s what he’s accomplishing and most importantly where he comes from as being the only american with a valid Formula Super License in the world.

The end of season is always a sad time for us as before everything else, we are avid racing fans, but work never stops and which is why you have to stay posted on the Indycar blog throughout the off season for our full updates on all of our upcoming projects and remember to also check in to www.artrotondo.com for day to day updates and on our Twitter and Facebook fan pages.

IZOD IndyCar drivers Ed Carpenter, Justin Wilson, and Alex Tagliani visited Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana this past week in conjunction with the Racing for Kids organization. The visit, meant to be a unique opportunity for patients and families at Riley, turned out to be special for the drivers as well.

Ed, Justin and Alex had the opportunity to visit playrooms where the kids were drawing or playing with toys and video games. The drivers enjoyed talking with the children and giving away signed hats, hero cards, IZOD IndyCar Series calendars and Hot Wheels diecast. The children enjoyed the visit as well– greeting the IZOD IndyCar drivers with numerous smiles and autograph requests.

Arts and Crafts with the children at Riley Hospital

IndyCar Drivers Alex Tagliani, Ed Carpenter and Justin Wilson spend the day at Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana.

In addition to the playroom visits,  the IZOD IndyCar drivers also had the opportunity to visit individual rooms of children too ill to visit in common areas. For the patients and families at Riley, this week’s visit brought a momentary break for the challenge of childhood illness. For Ed Carpenter, Justin Wilson, and Alex Tagliani, the visit brought the chance to meet some of their biggest (well okay, littlest) fans.

Justin Wilson signing autographs

Justin Wilson signs autographs at Riley Children's Hospital

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.

Perfect weather here in Edmonton today for a race of any kind, especially an IndyCar race. The weather is perfect for race fans as well. Mentioning the fans, Edmonton has some enthusiastic and supportive ones. They have shown up everyday ready for some IndyCar action and sporting their favorite driver’s colors. Being a newbie here at City Centre Raceway I decided to get some insight from the fans. I wanted to know the best places to be, the favored drivers in Edmonton, and how the fans spend their City Centre race day.

Woo hoo, Qualifications!

Fans in Edmonton!

When I asked the fans the way they spent their time at the track most responded with the Paddock. In the Paddock area fans can be up close and personal with the teams, the cars, and even the drivers. It’s a great place to get pictures of your favorite drivers and racing legends like A.J. Foyt and Rick Mears. What fan wouldn’t want to spend time in the Paddock area?

The best place to be at the Edmonton race track? The answer was unanimous, Turn 1 of course. However, this year the stands in Turn 1 have been removed. Most of the fans said Turn 1 holds some of their favorite racing memories and they are sad to see the stands go.

I then put the fans on the spot by asking them if they could have a ride with one driver who would it be and why? The answers varied. Will Power was one answer, simply because he is fast was the reasoning for one fan. Dario Franchitti was another answer, who wouldn’t want to ride with an Indy 500 champion? The answer for most was Danica Patrick. Answering Danica came as no surprise, especially if you were to walk around the City Centre track today. Danica Patrick shirts are every where you turn!

Then a special pair of people caught my eye. The two were sitting in the stands watching the Firestone Indy Lights warm up and looked as if they were great fans. Father and daughter Ben and Kristina were shaded from the sun in their IZOD IndyCar hats that had been autographed by their favorite drivers. I decided to ask their opinion on Edmonton.

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Father and Daughter Enjoy Race Day

Favorite part of the Edmonton experience?

The race, of course. Ben and Kristina are big fans of the Indy Lights series too. Turn 1 was always a favorite aspect for the two, and they too were sad to see the stands go.

What driver would you like to see win?

For the Indy Lights Edmonton 100 Kristina and Ben would like to see Dan Clarke take the victory. As for IndyCar, Justin Wilson is who they would like to see in the winner’s circle.

If you could ride with one driver who would it be? Why?

Ben’s answer was Paul Tracy. “Tracy is an aggressive driver,” said Ben. For Kristina it would be Graham Rahal. She has always enjoyed watching him.

The fans were great in Edmonton and they all seemed to be dedicated fans. Every one of them had a reason for coming to Edmonton and returning year after year. My first time in Edmonton was made that much better by the willingness of the fans and I’ll be sure to check out Turn 1.  Edmonton is a great stop on the IndyCar schedule, eh?

Going Green

Posted on: June 23, 2010 | Comments (1) | More than meets the eye | By: Shawn

Fan with Flag

Fan with Flag

(Fan with Flag) Photo Info: f 4.0 at 1/2000 with a 50 mm. lensbaby.

As I sat in the media center post-race, eating my complimentary corn nuts, it somehow seemed fitting that the guy with the green and gold helmet walked away with the victory… It was a “green” race, both literally and figuratively, green fields, green event T’s, green trophy, and of course the smell of ethanol. For Tony Kanaan, luck has been hard to come by as of late. As I stood in Tony’s pit box watching a tire bounce across the pit lane I thought for certain another victory had been lost, but a quick response by his crew kept him in the game. Then, with only a handful of laps to go, the golden handprints on the back of his helmet appeared to almost push him to victory on this Father’s Day.

Kanaan in the Pits

Pit Lane

(Pit Lane) Photo Info: f 2.8 at 1/8000 with a 50 mm. fisheye.

Helmet close up

Kanaan

(Tony’s Eye) Photo info: f/14 at 1/160 with a 70-200 mm. zoom.

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The Road to Indy continues this weekend at Iowa Speedway for the final combined show of the 2010 season with the IZOD IndyCar Series.  It’s also the final oval on the schedule for both Star Mazda and USF2000.  More on this weekend’s event in just a few sentences…

When we last checked in, we were getting set for Indianapolis.  By now you probably know that Wade Cunningham (Firestone Indy Lights), Conor Daly (Star Mazda) and Patrick McKenna (USF2000) won their respective series’ events in Indianapolis.  Nice work, boys.

Indy Lights Drivers #77 Wade Cunningham & #26 Charlie Kimball at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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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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James Hinchcliffe is a Firestone Indy Lights Driver and member of the Pace Car Team. In this post “Hinch” describes his participation during the Firestone 550K Race at Texas Motor Speedway.  

When the manager of the Pace Car Team told me I was going to Texas Motor Speedway for the latest round of the IZOD IndyCar Series, I was stoked!  What she neglected to mention was that it was going to be 1000 degrees and 800% humidity!  Being a pasty Canadian fellow, this presented a problem.  But armed with SPF 85, a full brimmed hat and those crazy wrap-around sunglasses that old people in Florida wear, I was good to go!

This trip I got to go down with CK, whom you all know from his famous underwear line.  OK, it’s not THAT CK, it was fellow PCT member Charlie Kimball.  We flew down Friday morning and when we walked out of the plane it felt like we got hit by a Mack Truck of heat!

Pace Car Team

The Pace Car Team in Texas

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Victory Celebration

Posted on: June 4, 2010 | Comments(5) | Indy 500 | By: Leslie

Dario at the Awards Banquet

Dario Franchitti at the Victory Celebration

Year after year, Indianapolis 500 drivers gather with racing big wigs, celebrities, and even a few lucky people like me, to join together in celebrating the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. On Monday night, we all braved the rain to honor Dario Franchitti in his second win and the 32 other drivers on their efforts. Now, I could tell you about the $13,592,815 in purse money given away that evening or the highlights of Franchitti’s spot on performance on Sunday. But there are other places you can read about that.  I’d like to share with you a few other highlights, from the perspective of a lucky girl.

This was not the IMS Event Planning Teams’ first rodeo – err, race. Per usual, yellow shirts galore guided us to the speedway pavilion where we were greeted at our cars by golf carts to get us into the banquet, and out of the rain. Upon entering the tent was a bar offering The “Caipirindy”, based off of Brazil’s “National Cocktail” the Caipirinha, or what driver E.J. Viso tells me – a headache. There was another signature drink available called The “Finish Line” but quite honestly I passed because it looked like a cross between a Bloody Mary and a berry smoothie. Then again, maybe that was just Sunday’s festivities haunting me.

After a bit of mingling (for me this consisted of smiling and waving as I hunted down something other than a Caipirinha) we were seated to a meal of standard banquet food, and the show began. Side note on the subject of seating here: this year the members of the board, the Hulman-George Family, the drivers, and guests were seated at long banquet tables, rather than the usual round tables. Good for TV, bad for me as I quite enjoy secretly observing the expressions of the guests throughout the evening…annnnnd I think I just discovered one of the reasons that’s changed.

The introduction “short film” was incredibly well done and I would say the best opening of the Victory Celebration I’ve seen in the five years I’ve been attending. In fact, I meant to ask Terry Angsted and John Lewis, with whom we were seated if they’ve looked into their SAG cards yet. Move over, Brad Pitt.

Borg Warner Trophy

Borg Warner Trophy

The evening was full of jokes and thank you’s, tears and even a little prescription drug use – ahem, Ryan Hunter Ray. In all honesty, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t catch myself doodling once or twice (no offense Dave Calabro) but at the end of every Victory Celebration there comes a moment. You see the winner and their team on stage, applauded by their peers and admirers. And you see the look in their eyes when they look at the Borg Warner Trophy and know that their face will be forever etched in history as a winner of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” And in that moment that you know it’s not about the purse money, or the cocktails, or the high end production television.

It’s about the love of racing.

The Best Fans in the World

Posted on: June 1, 2010 | Comments(5) | Indy 500 | By: Admin

Indy 2010
Indy 500 or Bust

 

This weekend we strived to cover the race in its entirety. This obviously meant getting fans up-close and personal with their favorite drivers and teams. In addition to the obvious, it meant live blogging exclusive race weekend coverage from all pre-race, race and post-race activities. Truthfully, I felt privileged to be working with the new media department who was working overtime to roll out innovative web content that focused on you, the race fan. 

In fact, my personal highlights from race weekend were getting to know the fans better. What can I say?-Race fans…you rule! Every day at the track, I looked forward to finding the next super fan that would claim the title “Fan-of-the-Day.” Featured here

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