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.