I admit it, right now I am beyond tired, totally obsessing about my sunburn, and stressed out about not being able to write a blog that adequately shares the true spirit and fun of the HIGPA IndyFansTweetUp today. So, I’m going to do something a little different, and just write what comes to me…I hope it results in something enjoyable and readable!
I always have the “Lillianing” in the back of my mind before each TweetUp; the worrying that no one will show up, or that we’ll all just stand around staring at each other awkwardly. Of course, I ought to know better, because where I excel in social awkwardness and self-consciousness (face down tweeting from my phone), the fabulous Pippa Mann excels in engaging people, and keeping things rolling. Thank goodness…I worry so much about “live-tweeting” things, it’s hard for me to do both.
Folks found us at the bottom of the hill in Turn 2, and before we knew it, things went Arms Up as two up and coming Drivers in the USF2000 series; Aaron Telitz and Paul Portante joined us. Aaron had finished P2, and Paul P6 in the 2nd USF2000 race of the weekend. These guys are really fun, fan friendly and FAST on the track! On a side note, I was fortunate enough to attend a garage tour at Arms Up earlier in the day, and these guys really get it as far as engaging the fans. Funny yet professional, they are really likable and easy to cheer for. I think their PR wonder-woman Kelly may have something to do with it!
We were also joined by Arms Up weekend warrior Nerissa, who just happens to be an awesome Engineer, in both her day job, and in USF2000. She talked about what it takes to become a race engineer. I really need to have her talk to Gage sometime, as this is what he currently says he wants to do when he grows up. Parents, encourage your kids to dive into Science and Math, as those subjects can take them as far as IndyCar, F1, SportsCar racing etc.
IndyCar fan John shared some pretty interesting information about the Fan-Funded Cutters Race Team. For $100 you can help sponsor an IndyCar team towards their goal. You also get your name on the car, which, I think is pretty awesome. They were able to partially sponsor Josef Newgarden this season with funds donated by fans.
After the HIGPA Indy Fans TweetUp, we all just sat down (collapsed, if you prefer) on the grass and cheered for Pirelli World Challenge Driver Shea Holbrook, and her other two drivers/teammates, PJ Groenke and Paul Holton.
I’ll probably edit this post several times over the next few days, and add several more photos, so please bear with me, I wanted to get this out, no matter how tired or lobster red I am.
Thanks for reading and sharing the IndyCar fun!