MANDT VR, INDYCAR Forge Partnership To Deliver AR/VR Content of 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series
Production company MANDT VR has teamed with INDYCAR to deliver content surrounding its 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season in augmented (AR) and virtual reality (VR). As part of the partnership, MANDT VR will take viewers behind the scenes at INDYCAR races such as the Indianapolis 500, the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 and the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, delivering a level of backstage access and fan engagement opportunities for the first time.
“As a car enthusiast, I’m particularly thrilled to be partnering with INDYCAR to produce virtual reality experiences tied to such a beloved sport,” says Neil Mandt, co-founder and CEO of MANDT VR. “With such a huge following and robust history, INDYCAR has not only enriched the discipline of racing but has also become an American icon. By providing a new medium for consuming INDYCAR content, we hope to encourage future generations to carry on the tradition of racing culture.”
“INDYCAR will continue its momentum by engaging present fans while seeking new and younger audiences,” says CJ O’Donnell, INDYCAR’s chief marketing officer. “Social media, video content, and now virtual reality will be central to this strategy. By partnering with MANDT VR, we will deliver highly immersive experiences for fans of all ages. I am certain this will bring them closer to the speed and excitement our sport delivers.”
Initially launching on the, Facebook and YouTube channels, the MANDT VR pieces will showcase exclusive glimpses into the INDYCAR world, connecting fans with their favorite teams/drivers and placing them on the race track. Starting with five videos, enthusiasts will be able to sit in the driver’s seat, cheer from the stands and get a better look at the mechanics behind the sport.