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Who to Follow: Twitter Guide for the 2016 IndyCar Season

After seven long months, the offseason’s finally over for the Verizon IndyCar Series. Cars will be on-track this weekend, and the first victor of the 2016 season will make their way to victory lane on Sunday.

For prospective fans, following IndyCar can prove difficult. Thankfully, Frontstretch is here to make things easier for you.

We already posted a guide to the 2016 field to help fans search for a favorite driver, but what about social media? Who should fans follow to keep track of the series throughout the year?

From the series to its teams, drivers, media and more, there are a multitude of people in IndyCar to follow across social media. There are too many to list everyone, but we at Frontstretch have come up with a basic guide of people that give a good starting base to follow the series.

Before we get into things, let it be known that is is a guide for following the series on Twitter. Many of the teams and drivers can also be found on Instagram, Snapchat and other social media at similar usernames to their Twitter handles. There are simply too many accounts to list in one article.

That said, here are the accounts to follow before this Sunday’s Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Let’s start with the basics.

1) The Series

IndyCar works hard to provide access to the series for fans all across social media.

The main account is, of course, @IndyCar. Fans looking to follow the series en español can also keep tabs on the series at @IndyCarLatino.

2) The Teams

With the series followed, the next logical step is to follow the teams that make it up. They can be followed at the following handles:

A.J. Foyt Enterprises – @AJFoytRacing

Andretti Autosport – @FollowAndretti

Chip Ganassi Racing – @CGRIndyCar

Dale Coyne Racing – @DaleCoyneRacing

Dreyer & Reinhold Racing – @DRRIndyCar

Ed Carpenter Racing – @ECRIndy

KVSH Racing – @KVSHRacing

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing – @RLLracing

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports – @SPMIndyCar

Team Penske: @Team_Penske

3) The Drivers

After the teams comes the drivers. There are currently 27 drivers that plan to run one or more races this season. They are, in alphabetical order:

Mikhail Aleshin: @mikhailaleshin

Marco Andretti: @MarcoAndretti

Sébastien Bourdais: @BourdaisOnTrack

Matthew Brabham: @MattyBrabs

Ed Carpenter: @edcarpenter20

Helio Castroneves: @h3lio

Mac Chilton: @maxchilton

Bryan Clauson: @BryanClauson

Conor Daly: @ConorDaly22

Scott Dixon: @scottdixon9

Luca Filippi: @LucaFilippiLF

Jack Hawksworth: @jackhawk41

James Hinchcliffe: @Hinchtown

Ryan Hunter-Reay: @RyanHunterReay

Tony Kanaan: @TonyKanaan

Sage Karam: @SageKaram

Charlie Kimball: @charliekimball

Pippa Mann: @PippaMann – Pippa doesn’t have much confirmed yet, but it sure to be among the field at some point during the year.

Juan Pablo Montoya: @jpmontoya

Carlos Muñoz: @CarlosMunoz034

Josef Newgarden: @josefnewgarden

Simon Pagenaud: @simonpagenaud

Spencer Pigot: @SpencerPigot

Will Power: @12WillPower

Graham Rahal: @GrahamRahal

Alexander Rossi: @AlexanderRossi

Takuma Sato: @TakumaSatoRacer

4) The Media

Driver and team accounts tend to share a lot of the news and happenings of the IndyCar series, but for real-time, accurate information, no one can top the media. The following are, in no particular order, some of the best of the media covering IndyCar.

IndyCaronNBCSN – @IndyCaronNBCSN

The official account for IndyCar’s tv coverage on NBCSN. A must-follow. 

Tony Dizinno, NBC Sports – @tonydizinno.

Tony covers IndyCar and a other open-wheel racing for NBC Sports. He knows the paddock as well as anyone in the industry. 

Brant James – @brantjames

Brant James covers IndyCar, NASCAR and other forms of motorsport for USA Today. With a brilliant mind for the sport and a unique sense of humor, Brant is a must-follow for IndyCar fans. 

David Malsher – @DavidMalsher

Serving as a U.S. editor for Motorsport.com, David’s passion lies with open wheel racing, including IndyCar. 

Nick Yeoman – @NYeoman

Born and raised in Indiana, Nick Yeoman brings a level of passion and knowledge of IndyCar that only a Hoosier could have, and pairs it with his clever wit while working for @IndyCarRadio when he isn’t talking Purdue basketball. 

Curt Cavin – @curtcavin

As a writer for Indianapolis, IN’s IndyStar, Cavin lives right in the heart of IndyCar territory. 

John Oreovicz – @IndyOreo

When he’s not writing about NASCAR or questioning quotes from the booth, John Oreovicz is tasked with sharing IndyCar news with fans on ESPN

Marshall Pruett – @marshallpruett

A jack of all trades, Marshall Pruett photographs, writes and reports about IndyCar for RACER Magazine

Katie Hargitt – @katiehargitt

A graduate of nearby Ball State University, Katie Hargitt serves as a pit reporter for IndyCar on NBCSN. 

5) Tracks

While keeping up with the racing itself is possible with just the above groups, fans looking for behind the scenes fun from each weekend should consider following the accounts of the racetracks, as should fans wanting to support the tracks and series.

Organized by schedule date, they are:

St. Petersburg – @GPSTPETE

Phoenix International Raceway – @PhoenixRaceway

Long Beach – There is no account for this street course. I would recommend following the hashtag #LongBeachGP come race weekend.

Barber Motorsports Park – @BarberMotorPark

Indianapolis Motor Speedway – @IMS

Detroit – @detroitgp

Texas Motor Speedway – @TXMotorSpeedway

Road America – @roadamerica

Iowa Speedway – @iowaspeedway

Toronto – @hondaindy

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course – @Mid_Ohio

Pocono Raceway – @poconoraceway

Boston – @IndyCarBoston

Sonoma Raceway – @RaceSonoma

6) The Minors

While the IndyCar Series take most of the headlines on any given weekend, they aren’t the only ones competing most weekend. The Mazda Road to Indy contains a wealth of young talent and great racing. Be sure to follow the Road to Indy and its’ series.

Road to Indy – @RoadToIndyTV

Indy Lights – @IndyLights

Pro Mazda – @ProMazda

USF2000 – @USF2000

7) Other Interesting Accounts

Here are a few other fun accounts that love to talk IndyCar.

Indycar_MN – @Indycar_MN

A blogger from Minnesota, this user has gained a following with quality content, a fun fantasy league and a great sense of humor. 

https://twitter.com/Indycar_MN/status/707578638208790529

Damien Power – @DamienPower01

The comedic brother of Will Power, Damien is good for some hilarious interviews, tweets and more throughout the IndyCar season. 

Matt Archuleta – @indy44

Looking for stories? Follow Matt. When he isn’t drafting his own, Archuleta scours the web for any content you might’ve missed.

The Orange Cone – @theorangecone

From NASCAR and IndyCar to ARCA and CRA, everyone’s favorite traffic cone can – and will – talk about any form of racing at all times. 

Aaron Bearden – @AaronBearden93

Hey, I couldn’t make a Twitter list without giving myself a little shout out, right? Follow me for articles on IndyCar, NASCAR, Formula E and short tracks. Oh, and the occasional Roll Tide. 

https://twitter.com/AaronBearden93/status/708004485256314880

 

With that bit of shameless self-promotion complete, we’ve reached the end of our Twitter recommendations. Did we miss anybody? If so let us know below in the comments.

Want an easy way to follow everyone on this list? Frontstretch as you covered. Subscribe to our IndyCar List for an easy way to keep track of everyone seen in this article. Give us a follow while you’re at it.

IndyCar races, much like their season, go by quickly. Keeping up with everything going on can be difficult. Hopefully, with this list at your repertoire, you’ll be able to stay up to date and ahead of the pack in 2016.

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About Aaron Bearden

Aaron Bearden
A graduate of Ball State, Aaron rejoins Frontstretch for his second season in 2016 following a successful year that included covering seven races and starting the popular "Two-Headed Monster" column in 2015. Now in his third year of covering motorsports, Aaron serves as an Assistant Editor for Frontstretch while also contributing to other popular sites including Speed51 and The Apex. He encourages you to come say hi when you see him at the track.

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