This is where it all started. It’s been only five short years since I created “the race gIRL” and started this blog. What a ride. On that fateful first day, I could’ve never imagine that pursuing your dream and actually achieving it was possible.
“I want to work in INDYCAR.”
It started with lots of “NOs” and “we’re not hiring.” Plenty of unreturned phone calls and emails. Even some “but you’re a race fan” snubbing. But deep down, I knew that’s what would make me part of what this sport needed: race fan attitude.
I never was, nor will I ever be, ashamed to say that I’m an INDYCAR diehard. I lead the #TeamPositivity charge and tried to promote the sport to everyone I knew.
Unfortunately, being “behind the scenes” gives you glimpses into things that are shocking, frustrating, unnerving and more. I wish I could erase some of it from my memory. I also wish I could change some of it. But I’ve learned to focus on the things that are within my control, and that’s what matters, right?
There are some amazing memories that I have from the past five years. I hope that when you look back on this period of time, you’ll remember that it started with Winter Indy Tweetup (remember THIS?!) and May Indy Tweetup, with my partner-in-crime, Elizabeth (@Happyfish103) by my side.
I hope you’ll remember the “charmingly inappropriate” car that was Pork Chop and the many adventures the #78 had that year. I hope you’ll remember #CrewTuesdays and #FanFridays and all the other random hashtags that I can’t even remember myself.
I hope you’ll look fondly at your Tweetup t-shirts and remember the fun we had on the INDYCAR Fan Village stage, throwing out prizes and doing driver Q&As, with Tag explaining what happens when you have to pee during the race.
Most of all, I hope you’ll remember to never stop being an INDYCAR fan. This sport has the ability to awe us and thrill us, while frustrating us and breaking our hearts. But we stand by it because the passion remains. The INDYCAR nation is united in friendship because of that passion and well, I think that’s pretty damn cool.
For now, my client list at 242MPH, LLC has shifted and I’m looking forward to new adventures. I’ll be doing the personal PR for a driver outside of INDYCAR in addition to PR/marketing/social media for SNAKEPIT CUSTOMS, a new custom car shop here in Indianapolis. And yes, I’m still doing promotions for the official INDYCAR calendar. If you haven’t bought one to support the charities yet, we will have words.
What I’m looking forward to most is being an INDYCAR fan again. Being back on the other side of the fence where I can just simply appreciate the speed, the sounds, the spectacle without all the politics and shenanigans. It will be… glorious.
And who knows? Maybe this means the real race gIRL is back.