March 5, 2013. A positive day for the 2013 Izod IndyCar Series season.
Let's start at the heart, Indianapolis. Though it was cold and raining, James Hinchcliffe, Josef Newgarden, Sarah Fisher and the most recent race winner in the Izod IndyCar Series, Ed Carpenter, were at the Lids Locker Room in downtown Indianapolis, celebrating the IndyCar Kickoff Celebration. Show cars and the street legal two-seater were present for this occasion.
There may have had only been three active drivers and one car owner their, but no one can question how positive and fan friendly these four have been for IndyCar. Maybe next year this event will feature closer to the full grid of drivers and be a month earlier.
While all this was happening, the two Andretti promoted events made big announcements. All fans 12 and under, accompanied by an adult general admission ticket, will get into the Grand Prix of Baltimore for free. Meanwhile at Milwaukee, tickets for 12 and under have been reduced from $18 to $5. Both are positive developments as IndyCar looks to expand their younger fan base, especially with the DreamWorks Animation movie, Turbo coming out this July.
Finally, the first commercial promoting the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg aired today on NBC Sports Net. 19 days prior to the race, the ad showcase Ryan Hunter-Reay as he attempts to repeat as champion. While F1 is going to have a countdown show before their season open, IndyCar slowly gets on the radar. Maybe we will see a little extra IndyCar coverage this season. Who knows?
This day was one for the IndyCar win column.