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MIT 2011: Thank You!

June 2, 2011

The second annual MIT is officially over, and I think I may have recovered by now. Maybe.

Last Thursday, May 26, was a truly epic day of race fandom, and we have so many people to thank who helped make it all possible!

First and foremost, a big, huge, giant THANK YOU to all of the attendees of each event! Seeing all of the “tweeps” again at each tweetup really does feel like a family reunion of sorts, and it was so exciting to see the response to the inaugural #Beatcancer Bash by everyone who was there, too. Giving people a fun day filled with all kinds of racing-related experiences is the goal, but seeing everyone’s reactions to everything is truly the reason for doing all of this. The thank yous, smiles, and positive comments really do make every hour spent in planning and every mini-crisis to get through completely and 100% worth it. So thank YOU!

To the wonderful people at the Racing Capital of the World, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, for helping us put on a great morning event there. This is certainly not our first time at the IMS, and it won’t be our last, but every tweetup we are so glad to have the involvement of the IMS and IndyCar!
Special thanks to Julie Dolak, new media pro, who worked hard amidst a bajillion other important centennial era projects to help us put on the IMS event. Also to Daniel Incandela for his continued support and assistance. We were thrilled to have a suite in Legends’ Row, participate in the iRacing simulators, as well as be welcomed so warmly by the staff at the Hall of Fame Museum who made sure our special Q&A session went perfectly.

A BIG thank you to our karting grand prix’s title sponsor, Fanimation, who we have had the pleasure of working with for the past three Indy Tweetups. Aside from creating amazing fans, this company also recognizes the importance of social media and community involvement. Since supporting our Tweetups, they’ve seen a measurable impact on their business and have even sold fans to several IndyCar drivers. Fanimation president Nathan Frampton even came to all three of the MIT events last week, and donated three cool (get it? ha.) Fargo fans for the FGP podium winners!

Thank you once again to Fastimes Indoor Karting, Indy’s only 2-story indoor karting venue, a great place we’ve been going to since the very first Winter Indy Tweetup. Mike West, our main contact and the emcee of each event, and the entire staff there has always been great to work with, and we can’t wait to go back for WIT 2011.

Thank You to all of the teams, drivers, and companies who helped us promote the event and donated some amazing items as MIT giveaways and #Beatcancer Bash auction items, including:

  • Just Pop In! – IndyCar sponsor and creator of DELICIOUS gourmet popcorn, who helped us promote the event, host a contest online, and gave us tons of favor bags for the Bash.
  • Sunoco – who helped “fuel our victory” by brainstorming ways to get involved with MIT, sent some great giveaway items, and donated a really cool gift basket for the #Beatcancer Bash silent auction
  • Honda Performance Development - who actually sought us out and wanted to get involved in the MIT! They donated tons of great giveaways, and a signed lithograph for the #Beatcancer Bash
  • TrackPack Coolers - if you’ve spent any time at the IMS, you know these awesome little pieces of cooler-engineering genius. We were thrilled to have a special centennial edition cooler to give away at the MIT!
  • HVM Racing - for their awesome donations, bringing their star driver by the IMS and #Beatcancer Bash, and for having a really, really awesome PR professional.
  • Andretti Autosport - for all of their donations, promotions, and Support (with a capital S!) of the May Indy Tweetup and especially the #Beatcancer Bash. We could not have done it without them!
  • Mitch Doner - an awesome tweep and friend, who donated an amazing collection of signed driver hero cards to give away at the MIT

There were SO many teams, drivers, companies, and individuals who donated items and financial support to the #Beatcancer Bash that I can’t even name them all, but Racing For Cancer would be a great place to go to get the full list of truly epic thank yous!

It was the very first year for the #Beatcancer Bash, and the first time May Indy Tweetup ever worked with another entity in creating a fundraising event! Needless to say, we learned a LOT. But, once May 26 rolled around, it seemed that everyone was having a lot of fun and that we were successful in raising money to support those fighting against cancer. And that’s what’s most important!

Thanks to Tom Vossman from Racing For Cancer, who we met early this year when he approached us about helping out with the #Beatcancer Bash. All I can say, Tom, is: we made it! Alive! :)

Thank you to the Little Red Door Cancer Agency, the local beneficiary of some of the funds raised at the #Beatcancer Bash, for your support and for sending over such wonderful, helpful volunteers to assist with the Bash!
Also to the 500 Festival princesses who came by to help at the registration table. It was nice to have some royalty there!

Thank you very much to #Beatcancer Bash title sponsor IZOD, as well as additional sponsors OraCal (who also made the cool signs and centerpiece circles!), GoDaddy, and ExactTarget.

And a big thank you to OneAmerica for sponsorship and for allowing us to use their great event space in the heart of downtown Indy, as well as to Sahm’s Catering for their delicious food and friendly, helpful staff!

Huge thanks to the drivers and special guests who took the time out of their busy race week schedules to come hang out with us. Fans definitely take notice!!:

  • Zach Veach - USF2000 driver who came to the IMS event, as well as the #Beatcancer Bash. He also attended pressdog’s quals weekend mini-Tweetup! Maybe we’ll see him back for WIT?
  • Sage Karam - Star Mazda Championship driver who also came to both the IMS and #Beatcancer Bash to chat with fans.
  • Spencer Pigot - USF2000 driver who also came to the #Beatcancer Bash to hang out with fans.
  • Ed Carpenter - for stopping by the IMS event and checking out iRacing with his wife Heather and adorable son.
  • James Hinchcliffe - stopped by our suite at the IMS with…
  • Simona de Silvestro - …to sign autographs, get pictures, and talk with everyone!
  • Bobby Unser – for coming by the Museum for a special Q&A session with MIT attendees and a photo op with one of his Indy 500 winning cars
  • Ryan Hunter-Reay and his fiancee Beccy Gordon - Racing For Cancer’s driver ambassador was truly wonderful in his promotion and support of so many different aspects of the #Beatcancer Bash! He and Beccy are such great people.
  • Tony Kanaan - for stopping by the #Beatcancer Bash and for his continued support of Racing for Cancer
  • Martin Plowman - a welcome special guest at the #Beatcancer Bash, who has also attended many of our Tweetups in the past!
  • Pippa Mann - for also taking the time to stop by the Bash and support the Racing For Cancer cause
  • The Firestone Firehawk – this guy brought his awesome personality and thumbs-up to the #Beatcancer Bash, and we were glad to have him!
  • Cameron Haven, the IZOD “Trophy Girl” – for coming by and supporting the #Beatcancer Bash, both in person and on Twitter. Such a nice person!

And last, but certainly not least, I personally would like to thank John Wertz. It’s not an exaggeration to say that, without him, the entire event might not have happened at all. From brainstorming ideas to designing flyers to tweeting about the events to running all over the place to pick up items to the (sometimes much needed!) emotional support and SO much more…he went way beyond the extra mile to help make the event a success, and deserves so much credit. He’s not just my fiance, he has truly become a third member of the May Indy Tweetup team. I can’t thank him enough!!

OK, whew! That was a lot like Bryan Herta & Dan Wheldon’s speeches at the Victory Banquet. ;)

Please remember, it’s YOUR support – of us and our sponsors and partners – that makes Winter and May Indy Tweetups so fun. So please tweet about it, talk about it, invite your friends and family, and let us know what you’d like to see for the future!

Hope to see you at the Winter Indy Tweetup!

#Beatcancer Bash Tickets…Limited Time Only!!

May 24, 2011

Hey everyone!

This late night (early morning?) update is just a friendly reminder to buy your tickets for the #Beatcancer Bash!

Ticket sales end TODAY at NOON, and thanks to our new title sponsor, IZOD, we’ve been able to discount the price even further to just $45/ticket!

Seriously, where else are you going to find a full dinner, drinks, silent auction (the best collection of rare racing memorabilia this side of the IMS!), giveaways, raffle prizes, live music…oh, and the chance to mingle with the likes of Tony Kanaan, Simona De Silvestro, Ryan Hunter-Reay, EJ Viso, and even more guys and gals you’ll only see on the starting grid at the Indy 500. Maybe you’ve heard of them. We think they’re pretty cool. Also coming by to party with us are FIL driver Martin Plowman, USF2000 drivers Sage Karam and Zach Veach, Cameron Haven (the IZOD “trophy girl”), the Firestone Firehawk…and so many other awesome guests that you’ll just have to be surprised when you get there!

The only thing you need to do to party with us (besides show up!), is buy a ticket…they won’t be available at the door, so click here and get your tickets now!

And, as always, feel free to email us with any questions at mayindytweetup@yahoo.com.

Win a Just Pop In Prize Pack!

May 16, 2011

We’re so excited to partner with IndyCar sponsor and amazingly delicious gourmet popcorn company Just Pop In for this fun contest!

Just Pop In was started, as all great business endeavors, by two entrepreneurial women (ok, so maybe we’re a little biased!) who just happened to be sisters. They moved from their home in Chicago to our wonderful city of Indianapolis, where they started a small gourmet popcorn shop in Broad Ripple Village. Since then, they’ve grown by leaps and bounds and now have two shops in Broad Ripple, and two in the Indianapolis International Airport.

These wonderful women also recognize the awesomeness of IndyCar, and this season have become official sponsors of the IZOD IndyCar Series! And we’ve teamed up with them for this year’s May Indy Tweetup to bring you our very first MIT contest!

We want to know:

What do you love about May Indy Tweetup?

Comment in the box below, send us a tweet, write on our Facebook wall, email us a video…however you do it, just let us know! It can be anything from what you loved about MIT 2010, what you’re most excited to about MIT 2011, or (if you can’t make it this year), what you’re pumped about past and future Indy Tweetups!

The winner gets a prize pack of three different IndyCar-related flavors of JPI popcorn and a t-shirt!

We’ll pick a winner on Thursday, May 19, just before the Just Pop InDYCAR Street Festival in Broad Ripple (which, by the way, is going to be a pretty bad ass IndyCar party in itself…and we know bad ass IndyCar parties!).

So check out the details for the Just Pop InDYCAR Street Festival here:

 

And share the MIT love to win big!!

Guest Blog: Check out the GHR Experience!

May 13, 2011

Tonight’s guest blog post comes to you from Glass Hammer Racing, an awesome combo of USAC race team (with driver Shannon McIntosh) and racing resource that aims to promote and support young women in motorsports. Started by a longtime attendee and friend of the Winter & May Indy Tweetups, Greg Gaich, with the marketing department now run by fellow WIT/MIT friend Kelsey Minier, GHR has been growing by leaps and bounds in the past year! Check ‘em out!

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Hey MIT fans!

The month of May isn’t just fun for adults!

Do you have a young daughter between the ages of 10 and 16 who is interested in racing too? Or maybe one that you’d like to try to get more involved in motorsports?

Glass Hammer Racing  would like to announce a fun, challenging experience for those of you with young daughters! If you are attending the May Indy Tweetup on May 26th you might also want to consider signing your daughters up for the GHR Experience on the morning of Sunday, May 22nd at Fastimes Indoor Karting (home of the Fanimation Grand Prix!). This is a great chance for young girls to be taught some valuable karting skills by female Road to Indy race car driver, Shannon McIntosh.

 The GHR Experience is a great starting point for young girls to learn some skills and confidence to just have fun in a kart, or to help advance their future career behind the wheel of a racecar. You never know, one of them could end up in the Indianapolis 500!

 Don’t let your daughters miss out on some month of May fun with Glass Hammer Racing’s GHR Experience! Please visit our website for more information and how to sign up! www.ghrexperience.org

 We hope to see you there!

Official 2011 Schedule Released Today!

May 3, 2011

It’s finally here…the Official May Indy Tweetup & #Beatcancer Bash 2011 Schedule!! We are SO excited!! Check it out and buy tickets to each of the events here!

As you can see, our format this year is a little different than in the past. Whether it’s May or Winter Indy Tweetups, we’ve always had a weekend-long tweetup. And while we still love having 2-3 days packed with adventure, after last year’s MIT, we realized something: The Indy 500 rules all.
There are already SO many things happening on track and off the track on race weekend…everyone has their race weekend traditions, family plans, and cookouts…there are special events and sponsor committments and team parties galore…and we wish we could promote and attend them all! But the fact is, we can’t. And the most important thing to us is making May Indy Tweetup a fun, memorable event for YOU (well, that and going to the race itself…)!

So, yes, May Indy Tweetup 2011 is only on one day this year - Thursday, May 26, 2011 – but that’s not a bad thing. Think of it as extra concentrated awesomeness. 

Can’t make it to ANY of the MIT events this year? #sadtrombone. We really wish we could see you! But don’t worry…you can still get a piece of the May Indy Tweetup action!

Throughout the next 23 days leading up to the big event, we’ll be hosting a few giveaways on Twitter, Facebook, and on here!

So what’s up next? Keep your eyes peeled for a contest with INDYCAR sponsor Just Pop In! Not only are they race fans too, but they create the most amazingly delicious popcorn this side of the IMS!

We’ve got a lot more cool announcements coming your way in the next few weeks, so stay tuned! And, as always, if you have any questions or comments for us, feel free to shoot us an e-mail at mayindytweetup@yahoo.com!

Introducing: May Indy Tweetup 2011 & the #beatcancer Bash!

February 25, 2011

 

 

We’re absolutely thrilled to announce the second annual May Indy Tweetup, and this year we’re working with Racing for Cancer for the main event – the first ever #beatcancer Bash!

We’re so excited to be working with Racing for Cancer, a nonprofit corporation helping families struggling with cancer and promoting cancer screening and prevention. And, as you can tell by the name they’re pretty geeked out about open-wheel racing, too! They’ve got a special partnership with Andretti Autosport and ambassador Ryan Hunter-Reay, who are also working to help “pick up the pace” about cancer awareness! 

 

So, how can YOU join the party?

 

We’ll have the official event schedule up soon, which will include such amazing items as the ever-popular Fanimation Grand Prix, how you can get tickets for the #beatcancer Bash, and what kinds of awesomeness you’ll find there!

 

90 Days left and we can’t wait!

 

172 Days…But Who’s Counting?

December 8, 2010

OK, we know most of you are counting.

There are just 172 days until the Indy 500, and we don’t have to tell you that we’re already ridiculously excited. The second annual Winter Indy Tweetup just ended Sunday morning and it was – in a word – AMAZING. WIT attendees got to experience a trivia contest with the the legendary Donald Davidson, go karting with Alex Tagliani, and have Q&As with Ed Carpenter and FIL drivers Stefan Wilson, Philip Majors, and James Hinchcliffe. Throw in some completely incredible collectors’ items as raffle prizes and some sweet free swag, and you’ve got yourself one epic weekend. Check it out here for all of the details!

So to combat our #WIThangover, we’ve started planning the second annual May Indy Tweetup, and we’d love to hear from YOU. We welcome any suggestions and comments about MIT 2011, or any of our past events! Just drop us a line at mayindytweetup@yahoo.com and let us know what you loved and how we can make MIT and WIT even better!
We’re also working on some updates to this site, so please pardon the mess while we get it all nice and spiffed up for 2011.

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