Tuesday, June 30, 2009

A Day with The Newmans - vacation recap part 1

Finally... I've managed to find the time download, sort, tweak (i.e. photoshop fixing) and upload all 350+ pictures from our Charlotte vacation last month! In case you missed it, I posted the kids' vacation pics a couple weeks ago.

The morning after we flew into town, we headed off to Stewart-Hass Racing for the Ryan Newman fan club picnic. This was the first Newman event I've attended and was very impressed! They gave everyone a goody bag which contained all sorts of sponsor items (baseball hat, leatherman tool, can cozy, Old Spice products & shower bag, trading card, a zipper bag full of office products from Office Depot, etc.), had a free raffle for loads of Ryan items (we all got 3 tickets and then had to choose which items to put them in for) and fed us a really yummy lunch ... and it was completely free for fan club members and a guest (you're welcome honey...)!

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We also got up-close and personal tours of Stewart-Haas by either Ryan or his Dad (sorry no pics - they asked us not to take any inside). We were his Dad's first tour of the day, in a group of about 10 people. I may've been laughed at for a paying a little too much attention to an adorable little yorkie who was on the other side of the glass (visitor's window at the front of the shop) with his human parents, but that's okay.... If people are going to gawk through the visitor's window at you, you need to gawk back, right?

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For those of you who know me well, you know that Stewart-Hass Racing is my dream team! Tony and Ryan have been my two favorite drivers for years and its wonderful to see them as teammates now! So, needless to say, this was an extra cool way to see the brand new Stewart-Hass shop for the first time.

Here's Ryan doing some Q&A and calling the raffle winners (we didn't win)...

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Ryan & Krissie really put on a fabulous event and made us all feel like a part of their family. Of course, the only thing missing was their pack... which may have grown by another. Ryan told us how Krissie had just brought yet another stray dog home that she had found at Dunkin Donuts... he kept trying to give the dog away during the raffle, which was very amusing. For those of you who don't know, Ryan & Krissie are both very active in dog rescue and working with shelters. Be sure to check out Pit Road Pets - a second edition is coming soon!

Here we are with Ryan...

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A couple more shots from the day...

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After lunch, the crew got back to work and had brought one of the #39 cars outside to fire up (the event took place behind the shop in what was obviously their work area)...

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If you have the chance to attend one of Ryan & Krissie's events, go!!!! You will not be disappointed! I can't thank them enough for the amazing time we had!

Stay tuned for more Charlotte stories and pictures...

2 comments:

Channon said...

What fun! Love the photos, and of course a cutie Yorkie trumps human chatter...

Grace said...

I missed that you were traveling my BFF is a huge Tony Stewart fan!!!

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