Friday, May 23, 2008

Spending the Day with Red Bull

Random observations from Red Bull Racing Team’s first Fan & Family Appreciation Day on a glorious Friday afternoon in Race City U.S.A.:

+ Via an informal, off-the-top-of-your-head poll, attendance came in at 500-600. More would have showed had it not been for a dump truck pulling up lame on I-77 north during lunch hour traffic.

+ Reportedly, the first fans arrived before 6 a.m., armed as if Hannah Montana tickets were going on sale sometime soon. But our autograph tickets weren’t being distributed for two more hours.

+ Raffle items included framed artwork, autographed diecasts of the Nos. 83 and 84, hats, T-shirts and, perhaps most unique, crew shirts. Each crew shirt donned the John Hancocks of the two Bull Crews.

+ The on-site Bull Shop was bustling long after Fan Appreciation Day ended at 2 p.m. Should be a nice score!

+ Brian Vickers and AJ Allmendinger arrived in the two-seat Red Bull show car. Both are like Jedi Knights with a Sharpie and accommodated everyone and their items in an efficient 60 minutes.

+ Deliver fuel or rip through some lug nuts on the No. 83 … whatever the choice, the experts were there to help. Since the Pit Crew Challenge, our crewmen have become celebrities within the industry.

+ Fans could enter the main shop and view Red Bull Toyotas in various stages of construction.

+ The Red Bull Albatross seaplane made an appearance in the skies overhead and touched down safely in the Lake Norman waters to the south.

+ The frozen cups filled with a Red Bull sorbet-type thing hit the spot on a hot day.

+ Proudly on display were AJ’s Sprint Showdown trophy and the No. 83 team’s $70,675 check for winning the Pit Crew Challenge.

+ Front parking lot cleared by 3:48 p.m.

600 blurb: On Thursday night, Brian qualified third and AJ 27th. Saturday holds two practice sessions (2:45 and 6 p.m. ET) before Sunday’s green flag.


Blogger Kristin said...

Sounds like a fun and exciting day at Red Bull Racing. Hope all the fans that went had a blast. Sorta jealous. I was there last week, and nothing was planned. Hopefully I'll be there in October. Good luck this weekend, Red Bull Racing. We are all excited for the Coca-Cola 600.


1:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have 1 question--where did all those people park?
just curious---not alot of parking available at the shop.

1:26 PM  
Anonymous 83GIVZUWINGZ said...

Sounds like a BLAST! SO Jealous!

Can't wait for the 600!!! Good luck boyz!!!


1:42 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

When we were there last Friday, a lot of people would park around other shops and just walk. It was a gorgeous day out, so you could see all the shops and get exercise at the same time.

About the Red Bull sorbet, is there a recipe?

5:36 PM  
Anonymous Mouse said...

Ok, that's it. As long as there's Red Bull sorbet next year, I'll be there!

This sounds like it was an awesome event for the fans. I've been to a few fan-type events like this at other shops, but I'm definitely thinking that TRB throws a party that puts everyone else to shame!

6:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check it out! BV is talking to John Walsh, from America's Most Wanted.

7:28 PM  
Anonymous Ash said...

It's too bad I live in Michigan.

Anyways, has anyone else seen this:

Great website, funny article.

Makes me want to challenge him to a Karaoke-off.

4:56 AM  
Anonymous savannah david said...

Jealous...Jealous...Jealous! That's what I am - just plain jealous. I sure wish I could've been there. It sounds as though there was a lot to do and see. Maybe next time.

In an attempt to balance out my jealousy, I'll report that just 30 minutes ago I purchased my tickets for both races @ Richmond in September. I'm really looking forward to tonight's race, tomorrow's race and September. Go get 'em boys!

5:58 AM  
Blogger Angie said...

ash - thanks for posting that article, it had me cracking up.

Oh man, my first ever Cup race was at the fall September race a few years back and it was so awesome, I don't think there is a bad seat at RIR.

10:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was a ton of fun... Friday at the shop... and everyone managed to find a place to park... some of us parked at Rusty's or Roush... and walked over .... But there was a ton of things going on...

2:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So glad Red Bull held a special day for the fans that believe in them. We are growing despite the bumps in the road we have had to endure. Keep your heads up boys, we're going to make it!!!!!!

9:21 AM  
Anonymous kathie said...

This was the best open house! We parked across the street at RWI, which was closed. There was a DJ, a tire changing competion with the pit crew there, the plane flying over, and tables with umbrellas for shade, which were needed! They had all kinds of food and non alcoholic beverages available, really good food too, like chicken wings,Quesadillas, strawberries and pineapples on a stick, great stuff! Even the port a john was great, on the front lawn, but just like a bathroom, sinks and all! Brian and AJ drove up in Brian's showcar, with Brian doing a burnout on entering the driveway, pretty cool stuff. Red Bull really knows how to throw a party, but the BEST part was Brian and AJ! Red Bull gave us these plastic tumblers, and we had Brian and AJ sign them.

9:06 AM  

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