It was all smiles and uncontainable excitement for Nkiti Shumeni and Paresh Maken and their partners when they departed from the O.R Tambo International Airport last night to experience for the first time, the greatest spectacle in racing: the 2018 Indy 500. The treat is their prize as winners of the #FirestoneINDY500 once in a lifetime competition.
Nkiti from Vereeniging is a lucky draw winner after entering the competition by simply buying Firestone tyres at a SupaQuick out of about 20 000 entries and Paresh is a lucky draw winner who entered the DSTV INDY 500 competition. Their prizes include an all-expenses paid five-night Firestone VIP trip to the Indy 500 including access to the Firestone Legends day concert.
“The Indy 500 is one of the most prestigious international motorsport races, so we are very grateful for this once in a lifetime opportunity bearing in mind that it’s our first trip to the US. We are looking forward to getting up close and personal with the masterfully engineered beasts and their drivers. Hopefully we will catch some selfies with them!” said Paresh.
The Indianapolis 500 is considered part of the Triple Crown of Motorsport, which comprises three of the most prestigious motorsports events in the world, including the Monaco Grand Prix and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It occurs over the famous Memorial Day Weekend and attracts crowds of over 300 000.
“We wanted to give at least two South Africans and their partners a chance to experience one of the world’s largest sporting events – It’s one of those bucket list experiences. The race is undeniably respected and carries so much history with it, so we are delighted to enable customers like Nkiti and Paresh to feel, see and take in the entire experience of the 2018 Indy 500. The grandness that comes with the Indy 500 makes this an important event in their lives and we are so glad to offer that to them.” said Thandeka Ngoma, Marketing Executive at Bridgestone.