Wherever you’re reading this, Happy Thanksgiving. Here on The Blog, we’re thankful for all our race fans, drivers and teams, which all made for a wonderful 2015 season.
If you were here, you knew how great it was. The 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 saw a dramatic win by Juan Pablo Montoya, while Kyle Busch swept the NASCAR weekend with wins in the Lilly Diabetes 250 and the Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at The Brickyard.
The Angie’s List Grand Prix and the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational each enjoyed successful “sophomore” seasons, and the Red Bull Indianapolis GP was won (again) by Marc Marquez.
What else are we thankful for today? We asked members of the IMS communications, digital and marketing teams and here’s what they said:
“There are many things that we are thankful for this Thanksgiving, including family and good health. Among the things that I am thankful for is the purchase of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in November 1945 by Tony Hulman. He took a facility that was in deplorable condition and could very likely have never had another car run on the track. As we approach the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500, I am thankful Mr. Hulman had the vision to not only buy the Indianapolis Motor Speedway but also to move it forward to become the greatest racetrack in the world.” – Tim Sullivan
“I was hired at IMS in Mid-March of 2011, just a few short weeks prior to the running of the 100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, and I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to join my amazing IMS compatriots in presenting the 100th Indianapolis 500 in May. As a native Hoosier who has always revered IMS, I’m thankful to work here during this amazing and historic time at the world’s most iconic sports and entertainment facility.” – Tom Surber
“This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for the chance to catch up with family and friends. It’s always nice to slow things down and spend some quality time with the people you care about the most. I’m also really thankful for the chance to have started a new adventure at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and to have met so many amazing fans and wonderful colleagues in such a short time.” – Alex Damron
“I’m thankful to have experienced my first Indianapolis 500 this year from the employee side of the media center, finding out just how much work goes into pulling off the biggest single-day sporting event. And with that I’m thankful for my family, which didn’t see much of me in May. Can I also say that I’m also thankful for a terrific golf course just outside my office?” – John Schwarb
“I am thankful for my first season on the IMS digital team! Being a longtime fan of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar, I am beyond thankful to a part of this amazing team and contribute to the incredible history that IMS is known for. Cheers to the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500!” – Samantha Pierson
“So many things to be thankful for this year. First off, I have a supportive family and incredible group of friends. I really don’t know where I would be without them. Second, I am so thankful for my coworkers. We constantly push each other to be better professionals and are all excellent representatives of the Greatest Race Course in the World. I’m thankful for my opportunity to work for this organization. I get to wake up every day and do something I love. Not many people get to and for that I’m thankful. Happy Thanksgiving.” – Katie Schultz
“I am thankful to have my first full season at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway under my belt. I am especially thankful to be a part of the 100th running celebration and to have the ability to work with so many incredible folks both throughout the community and within Hulman Company! With all the work we have ahead of us, I’m ESPECIALLY thankful for all the sleep I’ll get caught up on during our time off for the holidays!” – Lauren Guidotti