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Intern Blog - Diamond Cellar Classic

Kyle Richert, Corporate Sales Intern | Mount Vernon, Ohio | 2013 Graduate, Ohio University

My first race as an intern with Mid-Ohio went really well. Leading up to the race, I was I responsible for sponsor fulfillment of tickets, Carousel Club passes and parking. As the Diamond Cellar Classic kicked off, I found it really interesting to meet the people I had reached out to and supplied tickets for. I had a lot of positive feedback from our sponsors about how the event went especially those who took advantage of our Carousel Club. The most rewarding part of my weekend was providing our club guests with a VIP experience. On Friday, I took a group of guests down to Michael Shank Racing to give them a personal tour of his two cars and haulers. On Saturday, I had the opportunity to take care of the Diamond Cellar’s Behind the Scenes guest and Honorary Pit Crew Member. As the Rolex Series race came to an end, I took a group of guests down to Victory Circle for the trophy presentation. The excitement on their faces while they were there was very rewarding and the guests were incredibly appreciative. Now, it is time to move forward with the race season and cannot wait to see everyone at the races!

Jenna Knott, PR & Marketing Intern | Maumee, Ohio | 2013 Graduate, Ohio University

The first race of the season was highly anticipated for me. Although I didn’t (or tried not) to show it, I was pretty anxious to see how I would perform throughout the weekend – especially in high stress situations. There was a bit of craziness at some points in the weekend, but I reminded myself to take one thing at a time and ask questions if I did not know the answer. Personally dealing with the title sponsor of the event, Diamond Cellar, was a bit intimidating at first, but after talking with the employees and receiving great feedback from them, I was ecstatic. Beyond the stress and craziness, I fully enjoyed myself. Running around the facility trying to get the best picture for Instagram, or the best video for Vine to keep the fans updated and entertained was certainly a fun task. The race atmosphere produces something more than just a show; it’s an adrenaline rush that never ceases to put a smile on my face. Watching the fans enjoy themselves was a very rewarding part of my weekend. Above all this, it was a learning experience. I learned how much work and preparation it takes to make a race happen; this often goes unseen. Behind the scenes work may go unrecognized, however, when the green flag is waved and the crowds begin to cheer, the work and preparation pays off.

Mike Scholze, PR & Marketing Intern | Wooster, Ohio | Senior, Ohio University

As my first race weekend approached, it was truly a new experience for me. Throughout the weekend, I basically knew one thing, and that was to expect long hours. I truly did not expect, however, that those long days would fly by so quickly. One major responsibility I had was setting up Victory Circle for all of the races throughout the race weekend. It was a blast being up close and working with the drivers and the teams (popping Korbel champagne bottles made it pretty enjoyable as well). Along with many other responsibilities, I interacted with fans via social media. It is always satisfying to see fans of the track enjoying your posts, responding, and telling us how much they enjoy being at Mid-Ohio. I took away a lot from my first weekend. One thing that pops out is to make sure and take at least a couple minutes of the weekend to relax and take in the races. There is nothing like the green flag dropping, and I can’t wait until the green flag drops again for another race weekend at Mid-Ohio.
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