Racing Is Back!

Published On January 23, 2013 » 1741 Views» By Brian Simpson » Blogs

It’s January.  It’s roughly 5 degrees in Indianapolis and everyone is dreaming about warm weather and the beach.

That’s precisely where I’m headed this weekend.  I’m lucky enough to be attending the Rolex 24 at Daytona for the third year in a row.  The first year I attended I live blogged from the media center for the full 24 hours. (Check out the blog here) Last year we blogged again and also streamed all the press conferences from the media center.  This year?  Well that’s up to you guys!

I’m attending the race to capture footage and photos for both our 2013 Super Weekend program and our #Indy500orBust campaign.  I’ve been battling with whether or not we should live blog all the action from inside the media center.  I figured who better to ask than the folks we’re writing it for!  So, would you want to see us live blogging from the infield media center for the full 24 hours?

We’re already planning on working extensively with SPEED’s Marshall Pruett so we’ll have some access to some very cool and exclusive content.  There’s a ton of INDYCAR drivers competing in the event and don’t forget, we now have a GRAND-AM event too so all the stars you’ll see here at IMS in July will be competing in the twice-around-the-clock classic! We’ve even heard from a little bird that A.J. Foyt will be at the track as he was unable to attend last year due to illness (the legend Jackie Stewart filled in for him).

Blogging from the Rolex 24 is an exciting weekend for us.  It’s definitely a grind but what other event do you get to shoot a sunset, night racing and a sunrise?  It certainly makes for some cool imagery.  The racing is also some of the best, which anyone who saw the Inaugural Brickyard Grand Prix in 2012 will tell you is true.  The past two years I’ve been the race has come down to the last few laps with the lead cars all within a few seconds of each other.  Think about that!  24 hours of racing, countless laps, pit stops, break-downs, off-tracks, and crashes and the lead lap cars were all within a few seconds of each other!  Let me break that down even further for you:

That’s 24 hours, 86,400 seconds, 40,800 Horsepower, 26,000 gallons of fuel, 8,400 corners, 7,500 tire changes, 1,020 pit stops, 719 laps, 612 drivers changes, 272 drivers.   Pretty crazy when you think about it!

As I write this I’m actually getting more rev-ed up about live blogging!  So if we were to decide to cover the race for you here on what kinds of things would you like to see?  What kinds of behind the scenes images or video would you like us to show you?  You, the fans, are in the drivers seat!  So tell us what you want to see and we’ll do our best to deliver!

We’re going to be all over the facility during the event and we have some very special #Indy500orBust stickers and signs to hand out so if you see us, don’t hesitate to yell!

See you in Florida!



About The Author

Brian Simpson

I am the Manager, Digital/Social & Photo Operations at THE Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Racing is my passion and has been since I was 4 years old and I attended my first IndyCar race. I grew up going to Mid-Ohio to watch my Dad race and to attend IndyCar races. I'm a Chef, Digital Producer, Photographer, avid Sim-Racer, and hard-core motorsports fan. Follow me on twitter! @Simpson244
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