Still, I want to direct, you, my fellow fans, to a couple of places that deserve your attention. The first is a new blog site called IndyCar Sponsors which lists and provides links to companies that have a vested interest in the series via their sponsorship dollars. It is a great resource if you want to take the time to a) find products and services you use that you can buy through an IndyCar sponsor and b) a place to go to get contact info to drop them a line and thank them for their support.
No doubt companies use IndyCar for exposure and to increase potential business. We should do our part by patronizing them as much as we can. I bought a 2-liter bottle of Sun Drop yesterday, solely because of their involvement with Andretti Autosport and Ryan Hunter-Reay. Seems like a small thing, but if the fanbase shows a company that their investment is worth it, they are more than happy to continue making that investment.
Link No. 2 comes from Zach at IndyCar Advocate. His post yesterday challenged his fellow fans to send at least one item of correspondence per day to a sponsor (Twitter and Facebook don't count) between now and the opener at St. Pete, which coincidentally was 33 days from yesterday.
I decided to get in on it, and my first two e-mails have been to Sun Drop and Fuzzy's Vodka. It has taken a total of about five minutes of my time and is kind of fun. It's also a great way to learn more about sponsors (I had no idea there were so many) and try to give them as much of our business as possible.
Update! (2/23/2012) I received a personal reply from Eric Timmerman, CEO of Fuzzy's. Sounds like a cool guy, and it was very classy for him to give me a shout back.
Here is what he wrote:
Thank you for the email and support. We are glad that we can support both Ed Carpenter Racing and IndyCar. We look forward to being involved for a full season this year and are confident that Ed and Ed Carpenter Racing will deliver strong results.
Again, thank you for the support.