The GP St Pete was packed full of awesome IndyCar fans, and you all know that IndyCar Mom is all about THE FANS! Especially the kids and families that attend IndyCar races all over the country. I love being at a track, and meeting families, talking to the smiling kids clutching their favorite drivers car, or wearing a hat or shirt showing who they root for. The folks I love meeting the most are the next generation fans, the fans that are going to grow up with this series, just like Gage.
One of the first fans that Gage and I met at the GP St Pete was 4 year old Aiden. It was awesome to find out that this was actually his 3rd Grand Prix of St Petersburg! He was all smiles as I asked him who his favorite driver was. He could’t remeber his name, so he grinned and asked Mom and Dad “who is on my hat?” So cute! I bet Aiden was pretty excited when Takuma Sato won the pole for the race!
Sometimes we are lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, when a fan gets to meet their favorite. Charlie Kimball is a great guy, and one heck of a driver who is really growing a younger fan base. Liam is 7 years old, and this was his 1st GP St Pete! His orange shirt was a giveaway as to who his favorite IndyCar driver was. Charlie took the time to chat with him a few moments before autographing his shirt and posing with him for a picture. Liam was definitely excited, and you could just see the happiness radiating off of his face. I hope that all IndyCar Drivers remember that it is moments like these that create memories of a lifetime, and turn kids into fans for a lifetime. Thanks Charlie for making Liam’s first trip to the GP St Pete an unforgettable one! Seeing these moments with the fans are the absolute best!
Now, most of you know that I am also involved in putting together and cohosting the Indy Fans TweetUp’s with Pippa Mann. This is such a fabulous way for fans to meet and interact with one another, and I for one love meeting the fans and friends I have come to associate with Twitter Handles. These are of course kid/family friendly, and the turnout at the GP St Pete was great.
I met fans, fellow bloggers, media folks, and was reunited with friends like Patsy who happens to be a Pit Spotter, as well as Brian and Cassie, two of the awesome IndyCar PR folks. It’s just a great time to come out and say hello!
One family attending the TweetUp was the Pugh’s, Cindy, Chris and 12 year old son Ryne. Not only was this Ryne’s first Indy Fans TweetUp, it was his first GP St Pete AND his very first Verizon Indy Car race weekend ever! Not to shabby to even get to meet the fabulous Pippa Mann right off the bat! Ryne was rooting for Will Power, and while he hadn’t met him yet, he was very hopeful. I tweeted them throughout the weekend, and was ecstatic to hear that Ryne had gotten to meet Will Power not once, but Twice, and he signed his hat…(which Ryne no longer wanted to wear in fear of something happening to the autograph.) This is a pic taken by Ryne’s Dad that they tweeted out of him, Will Power AND Helio Castroneves. I think Ryne’s face says it all.
We met so many great families, and I did my best to tweet out all that I could, but these three kids really stuck in my head, and I wanted to share their stories. I hope you all enjoy reading these as much as I do writing them.
Thanks to the Grand Prix of St Petersburg for the opportunity to meet these kids and families and capture these awesome moments to share with others. I can’t wait to get to Barber Motor Sports Park and talk to all the families and kids there!
Thanks as always for reading, and sharing.