#Indy500: 2013 Social Media Guide

In preparation for your racing weekend, I put together a social media guide to this year’s Indy 500. Spectacle, excitement, tradition all envelop the 500. Although Indy racing is not as popular as it once was, there is still a pull, a magic to racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway that draws fans to this legendary racetrack every Memorial weekend.

Josef Newgarden Instagram

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Except for two accounts, all Twitter handles were obtained via the @IndyCar Twitter list: Drivers – 2013

IndyCar’s Twitter account is also a must-follow this weekend. Not only do they have a drivers’ list but they also have lists for media, teams, tracks and more. By far, one of the more organized set of lists I’ve seen since beginning these social media guides. Great resource.

Also providing updates throughout the race: Indianapolis Motor Speedway – @IMS

Two hashtags of note: #Indy500, #Indy500orBust

Before we get into the guide itself, here’s a few interesting tidbits I found:

  1. Tony Kanaan is the runaway leader in terms of Twitter followers with over 595k.
  2. James Hinchcliffe shows his interest in the business side of things as the only driver in this year’s field on LinkedIn. Also, check out his hashtag-driven helmet design contest: #HinchHelmet
  3. Socially savvy, Pippa Mann, has quite the social media portfolio with the standard networks but is the only driver on Pinterest.

All Likes/followers numbers are as of 5/23-5/24. If you know of any that I’ve missed, please let me know. Thanks.

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Pole position – Car number – Driver

Social Media Links

1. (20) Ed Carpenter

Twitter: @edcarpenter2015,733 followers

Website, Facebook (3,156 likes), Instagram (472 followers)

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2. (26) Carlos Muñoz

Twitter: @CarlosMunoz026 (unverified) – 2,320 followers

Instagram (645 followers)

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3. (25) Marco Andretti

Twitter: @MarcoAndretti57,054 followers

WebsiteFacebook (3,949 Likes), Instagram (9,228 followers)

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4. (5) EJ Viso

Twitter: @EJVISO56,415 followers

Website (site unavailable), Facebook (4,195 Likes)

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5. (2) AJ Allmendinger

Twitter: @AJDinger 105,773 followers

Website (under reconstruction)

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6. (12) Will Power

Twitter: @12WillPower38,940 followers

Website, Facebook (7,474 Likes), Instagram (2,325 followers)

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7. (1) Ryan Hunter-Reay

Twitter: @RyanHunterReay32,197 followers

Website, Facebook (6,647 Likes), YouTube, Vimeo, Flickr

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8. (3) Helio Castroneves

Twitter: @h3lio 84,182 followers

Website, Facebook (18,564 Likes), Instagram (1,100 followers)

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9. (27) James Hinchcliffe

Twitter: @Hinchtown 33,127 followers

Website, Facebook (5,476 Likes), LinkedIn

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10. (4) JR Hildebrand

Twitter: @JRHildebrand18,802 followers

Website, Facebook (4,846 Likes ), Instagram (2,440 followers)

YouTube (Panther Racing)

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11. (98) Alex Tagliani

Twitter: @tagliani71,759 followers

Website, Facebook (6,278 Likes), YouTube

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12. (11) Tony Kanaan

Twitter: @TonyKanaan595,781 followers

Website, Facebook fanpage link via website (10,470 Likes),

Instagram (31,069 followers), YouTube, Flickr

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13. (22) Oriol Servia

Twitter: @OriolServia16,424 followers

Website, Instagram (759 followers), YouTube

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14. (19) Justin Wilson

Twitter: @justin_wilson24,102 followers

Website, Instagram (1,167 followers),  Meet-Meme

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15. (7) Sebastien Bourdais

Twitter: @BourdaisOnTrack 6,276 followers

Website

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16. (9) Scott Dixon

Twitter: @ScottDixon947,729 followers

Website, Facebook (3,742 Likes), Instagram (849 followers)

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17. (10) Dario Franchitti

Twitter: @dariofranchitti 95,442 followers

Website, Facebook (4,318 Likes)

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18. (14) Takuma Sato

Twitter: @TakumaSotoRacer23,792 followers

Website

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19. (83) Charlie Kimball

Twitter: @charliekimball – 6,736 followers

 Website, Facebook (2,696 Likes), Instagram (305 followers), YouTube, Blog

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20. (16) James Jakes

Twitter: @JamesJakes8,877 followers

Website, Facebook (no activity since 2012 – 412 Likes)

Instagram (Private although he does tweet pics from it – 788 followers)

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21. (77) Simon Pagenaud

Twitter: @simonpagenaud11,757 followers

Website, Facebook (group page link via website – 2,506 members)

Instagram (280 followers)

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22. (60) Townsend Bell

Twitter: @TownsendBell99 (unverified) – 36,715 followers

Website, YouTube

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23. (8) Ryan Briscoe

Twitter: @Ryan_Briscoe30,754 followers

Website

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24. (78) Simona De Silvestro

Twitter: @simdesilvestro24,909 followers

Website, Facebook (2,891 Likes)

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25. (21) Josef Newgarden

Twitter: @josefnewgarden11,052 followers

Website, Facebook (1,157 Likes), Instagram (5,773 followers)

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26. (15) Graham Rahal

Twitter: @GrahamRahal46,440 followers

Website, Facebook fanpage link via website (4,011 Likes)

Instagram (6,691 followers), YouTube, App

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27. (6) Sebastian Saavedra

Twitter: @sebsaavedra12,138 followers

Website, Facebook (1,879 Likes),

Instagram (5,005 followers), YouTube

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28. (55) Tristan Vautier

Twitter: @TristanVautier (unverified) – 2,282 followers

Website, Facebook (3,847 Likes)

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29. (18) Ana Beatriz “Bia” Figueiredo

Twitter: @Biaracing (unverified) – 36,974 followers

Website, Facebook (1,232 Likes), Instagram (5,700 followers)

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30. (63) Pippa Mann

Twitter: @PippaMann (unverified) – 14,103 followers

Website, Facebook (6,836 Likes), Instagram (1,050 followers),

Pinterest (246 followers), Google+

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31. (41) Conor Daly

Twitter: @ConorDaly22 (unverified) – 11,510 followers

Website (non-working website), Instagram (5,760 followers)

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32. (91) Buddy Lazier

Not on social media. 

Lazier Partners Twitter: @lazier_p 170 followers

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33. (81) Katherine Legge

Twitter: @katherinelegge11,807 followers

Website, Facebook (5,681 followers)

In-race Twitter updates: @KatOnTrack1,091 followers

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Might this be a precursor to what’s coming this weekend? Let’s hope so. 

If that photo-finish above to today’s Indy Lights’ Freedom 100, we just might be in for a fantastic Indianapolis 500 this weekend. Not enough? Check out this video:

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