05.02.11 – As part of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s ‘Back Home Again in Indiana’ contest, Firestone Indy Lights driver Stefan Wilson spent a day in Waterloo, Ind. with students at Waterloo Elementary School. He attended the celebration to help hand out pole day tickets to winning students and teachers, but to Wilson’s surprise, the town of Waterloo declared April 29, 2011 as ‘Stefan Wilson Day.’
Wilson received a plaque of an official town resolution, signed by Waterloo town council members.
“It was such an honor—and honestly quite a shock—to have a day named for me,” said Wilson, driver of the #5 car for Andretti Autosport. “I had a lot of fun teaching the kids about IndyCar racing, and I think we made a few new fans. The plaque was just an added bonus. The whole town really welcomed me to their community.”
More than 250 students attended the convocation, and 21 lucky students, as well as 15 winning teachers, received qualification day tickets to this year’s Indianapolis 500. In keeping with the town’s contest theme, ‘the Indy 500 brings families together,’ local businesses in Waterloo will rent a charter bus to bring winners to the Speedway.
To view photos of the event, visit the multimedia page here.