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.
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.
— IndyCar on NBC (@IndyCaronNBC) March 11, 2016
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.
— Tony DiZinno (@tonydizinno) March 11, 2016
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.
Downtown St. Pete is a boiling cauldron of not old people hanging out. @IndyCar
— brant james (@brantjames) March 11, 2016
David Malsher – @DavidMalsher
Serving as a U.S. editor for Motorsport.com, David’s passion lies with open wheel racing, including IndyCar.
— David Malsher-Lopez (@DavidMalsher) March 7, 2016
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.
— Nick Yeoman (@NYeoman) March 11, 2016
Curt Cavin – @curtcavin
As a writer for Indianapolis, IN’s IndyStar, Cavin lives right in the heart of IndyCar territory.
— Curt Cavin (@curtcavin) February 29, 2016
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.
— John Oreovicz (@IndyOreo) March 11, 2016
Marshall Pruett – @marshallpruett
A jack of all trades, Marshall Pruett photographs, writes and reports about IndyCar for RACER Magazine.
— Marshall Pruett (@marshallpruett) March 11, 2016
Katie Hargitt – @katiehargitt
A graduate of nearby Ball State University, Katie Hargitt serves as a pit reporter for IndyCar on NBCSN.
— Katie Kiel (@katie_kiel) March 11, 2016
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.
Damien Power – @DamienPower01
The comedic brother of Will Power, Damien is good for some hilarious interviews, tweets and more throughout the IndyCar season.
This is probably my favourite interview so far. https://t.co/nxO3ZwIhxv
— Damien Power (@DamienPower01) October 19, 2015
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.
Halos, canopies are racing's next big thing in safety https://t.co/qVPa5agJqj
— Matt Archuleta (@indy44) March 11, 2016
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.
Cone has been evaluated and released from the infield care Center – PR
— All You Cool Cats and Cones (@TheOrangeCone) March 11, 2016
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.
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.
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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.