One of the highlights for race fans that did not involve on track activity at the GP of Indy was the Indy Fans Tweetup. It took place on Saturday at 12:30 at the Pagoda Plaza. It’s an opportunity for fans that use social media, especially twitter, to come together and talk racing, meet tweeps in person that they talk with on social media and possibly meet a driver that might attend. The weather was not an issue like the forecasts were predicting and the fans who attended enjoyed a beautiful, 80 degree day. Shay Hazen organized the event and there was a good turnout.
The fans who attended were treated to several special guests. First up, the young men that drive for Arms Up Motorsports in the USF2000 Series. Max Hanratty, James Dayson and Kevin Andres were front and center. The next guest was Tristan Vautier, the 2013 IndyCar rookie of the year. The last guest was none other than Pippa Mann who is driving for Dayle Coyne Racing in the Indy 500. Pippa Mann became the emcee and hosted an impromptu Q&A, in which any fan could ask the drivers any question they wanted to. Can you believe that even though the Pro Mazda race was in full swing, you could hear crickets? I think everyone was scared to ask a question until Pippa encouraged everyone to ask questions. In my opinion, I think Pippa took over the Q&A not because she has a big mouth, but a loud voice haha!! I know what some of you were thinking.
Pippa did a great job of getting James, Max and Kevin involved by asking them their answer to the question and then would ask the same question to Tristan. Pippa gave a demonstration of what it’s really like sitting in an IndyCar. The question revolved around how the drivers workout and Pippa’s answer involved a driver’s core. The reason is because of how the driver has to sit in the car. I don’t think the camera’s stopped taking pictures during the entire demonstration. Some drivers may be embarrassed to put themselves in that type of position but Pippa handled it with grace. It was an open and honest Q&A and I think every fan that attended, enjoyed their time. Pippa even brought some free #ProudToBePink gear to give to some lucky fans and challenged everyone to support the Susan G Komen campaign. You can get involved by going to this link.
Make sure you attend the next Indy Fans Tweetup. You can keep informed of this event at every track by following @IndyFansTweetup on twitter. You never know who might show up.