Wherever you’re reading this, Happy Thanksgiving. Here at The Blog, we’re thankful for all our race fans, drivers and teams, which all made for a wonderful 2014 season.
If you were here, you know how great it was. The Indianapolis 500 welcomed a first-time champion in Ryan Hunter-Reay, while the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at The Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com crowned Jeff Gordon as the first five-time champion of a major race at IMS.
Two new events, the Angie’s List Grand Prix and the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational, were big hits that will only get bigger in 2015. And the Red Bull Indianapolis GP was recently recognized by MotoGP as the “Best Grand Prix” of 2014 – a great end to a great year.
What else are we thankful for today? We asked members of the IMS communications, digital and marketing teams and here’s what they said:
“In November of 2009, I came in to interview for a Client Services intern position just a few days before Thanksgiving. I’ll never forget sitting in the lobby waiting for my interview and looking around in awe of this incredible place. I even remember hearing the receptionist talk about her Thanksgiving dinner plans. This time of year always reminds me of that day. Five years later, I am thankful to have my dream job right out of college, working for the ‘Greatest Race Course in the World.’” – Katie Schultz
“I am thankful for another year of great riding, on and off the track. Thankful that I had no issues with either of my bikes. Also thankful that MotoGP ranked the Red Bull Indianapolis GP as the ‘Best Grand Prix’ of 2014.” – Zach Hudson
“This year, and every year, I am very thankful for the students who gave up their summer to join the marketing team at IMS. Each year brings new personalities, new friends, and lots of learning. By the time Thanksgiving rolls around they have all resumed their lives back in a different state, college, or have started a new chapter in life. I am thankful to have had them as a part of our team and wish them the best in their future endeavors!” – Melissa DeJesus
“I am thankful for being able to live my dream and work at the “Racing Capital of the World.” From the moment I took a third-grade field trip here, I knew I wanted to somehow represent IMS! Growing up around motorsports, IMS was the pinnacle of all things racing in my book! IMS grabs ahold of you and she won’t let go! I also get to work with some amazing people here at IMS who have devoted their lives to this facility. We are a second family and for that I am beyond grateful! – Suzi Elliott
“There’s a quote that I like, “It is not happy people who are thankful, it is thankful people who are happy.” As we gear up towards Thanksgiving it gives us a platform to pause, think, look around and truly contemplate the things we are thankful for. There are so many things that we sometimes take for granted that people around the world would love to have. For instance, my friend’s brother has a car that doesn’t have heat that works in it. Brr! I am so thankful for a car that runs, heat that works and for seat warmers! I’m thankful for my wonderful and loving parents who have been my role models and have been married for over 30 years. I’m thankful for my husband, my dog, aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers, nieces, nephews and both sets of grandparents, who are still alive, and who have been married to each other for over 50 years. I’m thankful for the luxuries that I have been privy to, like taking warm and sunny vacations and purchasing a new home this year. I’m thankful for my friends who are there for me during the good times and bad. I thank God for blessing me with opportunities in my professional and personal life and for the good health in 2014. Cheers to many more blessings in 2015!” – LeeAnne Looney
“I’m thankful for my first season working at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – it’s been an honor to be able to collaborate with such an amazing group of people at what is truly the “Racing Capital of the World.” I look forward to many more race seasons ahead – I know that each one will be better than the last. I’m also thankful for a healthy and happy family – my wonderful wife, my fantastic son and the cutest mutt ever! Thanksgiving is a time to recognize all the things that make life worth living and I’m sure happy with all that I have!” – Jeremy Riffle
“I’m thankful to be ‘Back Home Again in Indiana’ this Thanksgiving after three years away. Moving back to Indianapolis with my wife and two daughters, then joining the IMS staff in July made for a spectacular 2014. I can’t wait to see what 2015 brings.” – John Schwarb
“I’m forever thankful for the opportunity to work with so many great people at the world’s most iconic motorsports facility, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The passion and professionalism I see every day from my co-workers is inspiring, and it’s an honor for me to join them in working together to make our amazing facility and the events we host here as great as they can possibly be.” – Tom Surber
“I’m thankful for my coworkers and the fact that I enjoy seeing everyone every day. I’m thankful for all of the IMS Kids Club members! It puts a smile on my face every time I spot one.” – Jesika Gunter
“I’m thankful for all of our fans that share their ideas and opinions with us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram! I’m especially thankful for fans who send us messages like this one. #HappyThanksgiving” – Cassie Conklin
“Thankful for waking up each morning and being able to enjoy life.” – Tim Sullivan