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#GPofNola TweetUp, Fans and Fun Part 1

Winner of the Pace Car ride Glen Christophersen wasn't excited at all!!

There is a ton of action on a race weekend, and we had plenty of that with the #GPofNola TweetUp, Fans and Fun PART 1

Our first morning at the GPofNola track was spent getting acquainted with our awesome hosts from the Story Block Media team. I’m telling you, this crew has it together. I’m in awe of their proficiency, organization, and the fact that they took a chance on Shay and I to be Social Media Ambassadors. They gave us creative freedom to have fun with what we did there, and they supported our ideas and welcomed our input. Amazing! I look forward to the chance to work with these amazing group of guys again next year.

We filmed some videos where we introduced ourselves, talked about our planned Indy Fans Tweet Up, and the awesome swag that I had to give away to young fans over weekend. Now, let me just tell you this…I am terribly uncomfortable on camera, I don’t know what to do with my hands (apparently they become possessed as soon as the red light on the recorder comes on) and I truly believe that I am part muppet. It’s really the only way to explain my wide range of ridiculous facial expressions.

Click here to see our introduction to the race weekend at the #GPofNOLA!

Emile and his Dad enjoying the sunshine and on-track action at the #GPofNola

Emile and his Dad enjoying the sunshine and on-track action at the #GPofNola

 

Early afternoon, Shay and I went hopping through the stands looking for fans to talk to. We didn’t have to look for long before we found Emile and his Dad. They are first time race attendees, and both said they were having a blast! Dad said having this race so close to their home is awesome, and they hope to come back next year. The weather was fabulous, and the action on track was great. Emile had an awesome racing shirt on, and such a great smile, I hope they enjoyed the rest of their weekend at the #GPofNola.

 

 

SATURDAY

Saturday at the track started off damp and rainy, and  I made a video for fans, showing the times for all the fun activities in the fan village such as the IndyCar Driver autograph session, as well as showing the rides and fun stuff for kids to do. What impressed me, was the baby changing station, right there in the middle of the fun so parents didn’t have to haul their kids across the grounds to find a spot to change a diaper! Kudos to the organizers for that awesome thought!

Racing fans that attended the #GPofNola Indy Fans Tweet Up

Racing fans that attended the #GPofNola Indy Fans Tweet Up

Shay and I hosted the #GPofNola Indy Fans Tweet Up on Saturday at 2:30 pm. USF2000 team Arms Up Motorsports graciously offered to be our hosts, and our attendees were treated to a behind the scenes tour of the garage and transporter. Drivers James Dayson, Keyvan Andres Soori and Max Hanratty were eager to talk to fans about their cars, racing, and one fan even asked about speeding tickets in real life. We had a special surprise to give away to one lucky fan that answered a super tough IndyCar trivia question that James Dayson had come up with. The prize was an awesome Pace Car ride in one of the Honda Civic Si cars on race morning!

Winner of the Pace Car ride Glen Christophersen wasn't excited at all!!

Winner of the Pace Car ride Glen C. wasn’t excited at all!!

 

 

IndyCar fan Glen C. was pretty stoked to win the Pace Car ride, and who wouldn’t be? SADLY, due to the rain on Sunday, pace car rides were cancelled….BUT he won fair and square, and so we will make it good somehow during the rest of the season. Unfortunately, on-track activity is ALWAYS at the mercy of the weather gods. I had to share this pic, just because of it’s pure awesomeness and hilarity!

 

 

 

 

That does it for #GPofNola TweetUp Fans and Fun PART 1

Stay tuned for Part 2 where you’ll meet all the awesome kids and families that I encountered through the weekend!!

 

 

 

 

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