Vision Racing asks fans for help with letter campaign
Vision Racing may have suspended their operations last week, but they’re still doing all they can to return to the track — including asking the Indy Racing League’s fans for help in their effort.
Yesterday on the team’s Facebook site, the team posted a note asking for letters, e-mails, short notes and faxes supporting the team that they’ll pass on to potential and past sponsors. Vision asked that these “letters of reference” be sent in as soon as possible so they can show them in presentations “first thing [tomorrow] morning.”
“The on-going economic environment has been difficult on all the IndyCar teams and their sponsors,” the note read. ”Sponsors need to know that you are still there to support open-wheel racing, the Indy Racing League, teams, and sponsors. If you don’t want to do this for [Vision Racing]… then please consider doing it for the teams/drivers you do support or for the league as a whole.”
Fans can send their letters via e-mail at email@example.com, by fax at 317-295-7066, or by snail mail to: Letter of Reference, c/o Vision Racing, 6803 Coffman Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268.
The note also had contact information for home improvement chain Menards, which served as the sponsor for Ed Carpenter in the No. 20 Vision entry for several years. Letters to Menards can be sent in to Vision and will be passed along, but fans can also send in their letters directly to the company via fax at 715-876-2774.
However, the team asked fans to refrain from giving Menards a hard time.
“We are not asking you to harass our friends at Menards,” the note said. ”In fact, all we’d like you to do is let them know that you still support us and appreciate the support Menards has shown us. The folks at Menards love racing as much as you do, but they also have difficult decisions to make sometimes.”
Last year, Carpenter and Vision finished 12th in the IZOD IndyCar Series championship, with a high finish of second at Kentucky Speedway after engaging in an electric duel with winner Ryan Briscoe. Carpenter collected six top-10 finishes in 2009, all on ovals.