If you’re thinking there could be more patriotic ways to spend Independence Day weekend than watching twenty-two foreign born drivers battle against each other and three Americans at Watkins Glen – think again. From the rich history the track holds to the exciting events being held there this weekend, there’s no better place for a race fan to spend the 4th of July.
Watkins Glen International, or “The Glen”, has been home to a variety of open-wheel road racing events for more than six decades. Known for it’s plethora of twists and turns, The Glen is truly the one of the best road racing facilities in the country. In fact, its one of my personal favorites (that could also have something to do with the local wineries but more about that later). For more than twenty years, The Glen served as home to the United States Grand Prix, seducing drivers from all over the world with its seductive curves, including Jackie Stewart, Emerson Fittipaldi, and Stirling Moss (how can you not love that name?). If you’re eager to learn more, the Watkins Glen International website features an informative video timeline. My expertise lies in there here and now.
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!
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.
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!
Since my last blog entry things have really taken off for the 16th Street Racing League. Our race this past Tuesday truly showed how much our internet exposure these past few weeks has raised our stock.
Tuesday evening started out like all of our other race nights. I opened the practice room at 7PM (EST) and 10-12 of our regular drivers immediately showed up to begin testing. I stepped out to dinner for about 40 minutes and I was completely shocked when I returned. WE HAD 33 CARS! We’ve never had that many on a road course and the only race we’ve had more cars was our PSRTV.COM broadcast event at Michigan International Speedway.
Ryan Murray, 16th Street Racing League Champion (Spring 2010 Season), showed he was as strong as ever on the road courses during qualifying. Ryan took the pole with a blistering 1:31.653 followed closely by his teammates Tim Holgate and Bryan Heitkotter. Very impressive considering IndyCar drivers Will Power (P4), AJ Foyt IV (P15), Larry Foyt (P19), US F2000 points leader Sage Karam, and former Nationwide Series racer Kyle Krisiloff (P11) all showed up to race around the Glen with us. Qualifying was no easy task with so many cars. I felt like every time I would get a good lap going I would have to slow to avoid another car, throwing my flying lap away. I never really got a great lap in and qualified a disappointing 13th position with a 1:34.057.
For many, the race was over quickly. As we took the green flag Sage Karam misjudged the closing rate on the cars in front and ran into the back of Kyle Krisiloff sending himself, Kyle, and Tim Doyle into the fence and ending their day before turn one (a close call for me as I started directly behind Kyle).
My Car Cam- Close call!
Ever wanted to go wheel-to-wheel in an IZOD Indycar Series Dallara? Dreamed of passing Tomas Scheckter on the outiside in turn one at Indianapolis? Wondered what it would feel like to be chased around Watkins Glen by Justin Wilson and Will Power? Yearned to fight for a championship and clinch it in the last race? Well… I’ve experience it all and you can too.
If you’re an avid gamer or hard-core IZOD IndyCar Series fan chances are you’ve heard of iRacing previously. If not, allow me to educate you. iRacing is in one word… INCREDIBLE! It’s an internet based racing simulator where any member can hop in and race cars ranging from a Pontiac Solstice to the famed Honda powered Dallara IndyCar on race tracks spanning from the historic Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway.