My adventures as an intern here at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway have continued to be nothing short of amazing. Working here has allowed me to develop an even greater appreciation for the sport of racing, especially the IZOD IndyCar Series. Entering the historical statistics has allowed me to learn a lot of history about the series as well as the Firestone Indy Lights. The names and faces of the legends of the league fill my mind and my computer screen daily. I have grown fond of particular drivers and was especially nervous before Tony Kanaan’s final qualification attempt on Pole Day (I’m sure I was not the only one).
I have continued to soak in all that I can of the best summer job a 19 year old could ask for. The greatness of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway never ends and I keep finding more and more out that continues to excite me. If you are one of those who lives by the motto “Indiana is a boring Midwest state”,which I am guilty of, then come out for a day at IMS and your opinion will be changed.
The historical statistics project has almost been completed and when I am finished entry lists and point standings for all past IndyCar and Indy Lights races will be available on indycar.com. Photo tagging has kept me especially busy due to all the events that have recently taken place at IMS.
The real perks of the job have continued and when I found out I would be able to attend the IZOD Race to the Party celebrity event on Saturday evening I immediately volunteered. Yes, my main job would be to tag and caption photos of the celebrities but I would have a pass into the majority of the parties and would definitely get to spend time in the company of stars such as Kim Kardashian and Jewel. Vanity Fair and GQ were throwing the parties in downtown Indy. Though the Vanity Fair party was very exclusive and a challenge to gain access to, the GQ party was easier to navigate. I spent time in the VIP room and was able to have a great look at the real happenings of a celeb party. The DJ’s and bands were great, the atmosphere was fantastic, and the experience was unforgettable.
The night was great and I got to have some free time to enjoy the parties. Our photographers captured some great pictures and they are posted on indycar.com and indianapolismotorspeedway.com as well as our Flickr site. It was definitely a memorable experience and showed me that attending these kind of events and documenting them is exactly what I want to do, and journalism can lead me in that direction.
I hope you enjoyed all the Fan of the Day posts and all your time spent at IMS this May. Until my next post keep commenting, tweeting, and Facebook stalking us!