Indianapolis should be renamed the capitol of conventions. This week the first ever Motorsports Industry Trade Show takes over the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis downtown. Famous for being the home of the Indianapolis 500 and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as well as countless other events like the Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP, Indy is synonymous with racing. And with a downtown set up for large crowds, it made perfect sense for IMIS to host its first ever International Motorsports Industry Show in the Circle City, and on the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to boot.
This December 2nd to the 3rd Indianapolis downtown will be invaded by the men behind the pit. Only those involved in the industry of racing are invited to attend. Most attendees have already registered, but walk-ins with the correct credentials will be welcomed. This show is not a “fuzzy-dice” show in the words of Chris Paulsen, owner of C&R racing Inc. and the president of the Indiana Motorsports Association. “It will showcase only companies dealing with professional motorsports competing wheel to wheel on a race course. We will welcome the manufacturing equipment companies as well as the transportation side of the sport, as these are both key elements to the industry. Basically, if it’s not directly related to helping a race team take the checkered flag, it won’t be displayed at IMIS,” said Paulsen
The decision to host an event like this in Indianapolis was an easy one. With rich heritage and deep roots in the racing industry, Indianapolis gives more than just an empty space to set up some booths. Indy offers passion for the sport and dedicated fans, as well as a centralized location for many industry companies. “I challenge anyone to show me a more advantageous location for a true motorsports trade show,” Paulsen said. “Indy is the Racing Capital of the World.”
After a survey in the summer of 2008, the majority of the racing community expressed a deep interest in making this an Indianapolis event. Tom Weisenbach and Jeff Stoops, both of the Indiana Motorsports Association and owners of their own racing companies, agreed.”Indianapolis is the exact location for a motorsports industry trade show and I am confident that it will be second to none,” Stoops said. Weisenbach added, “It was clear to us that the survey respondents had a desire to return to Indianapolis for a show like this, and we listened. We know this show can be successful in 2009 and look forward to working with our exhibitors to provide them with the tools needed to make it a success for them as well.”
The motorsports industry trade show this week offers both exhibitors and attendees the chance to share their work. The hope is a dialogue will be created between like-minded motorsports organizations and operating companies in a professional environment. In addition to this, the motorsports industry trade show will also focus on the ongoing education for f industry members. Technical training and educational programs with a focus on new technologies will be held throughout this Indianapolis event.
The beauty of holding an event like this in Indianapolis downtown is in the level of convenience the Circle City offers to visitors. With nearly 200 Indianapolis restaurants, Indianapolis hotels, Indianapolis bars and Indianapolis entertainment venues in walking distance of the show location, there really is no better place than Indy for an event like this. Paulsen even added, “Some of our best business happens after-hours and the intimate downtown area of Indy is ideal for this important networking. After all, racers love cold beer, hot steaks and talking about racing and business.
For more information about the first ever International Motorsports Industry Trade Show in Indianapolis, visit their official website.
Motorsports Industry Trade Show
Indiana Convention Center
100 S Capitol Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46225