Salesforce-Sponsored Car 66 Finishes in Top-12 in Indy 500
Salesforce’s Einstein Analytics Team Also Added to the Race Festivities, Hosting an Interactive Analytics Pit Stop Experience at the Racetrack
After the hustle-bustle of GDPR, the martech community had something different to cheer about. Top CRM maker and martech leader, Salesforce is burning some serious rubber in Indy 500 racing as well. Popular racer JR Hildebrand drove the Salesforce-sponsored car 66 to an eleventh-place finish in Sunday’s 102nd Indianapolis 500 race. Indianapolis is home to Salesforce’s second largest office. In a candid blog, Salesforce was ga-ga about the driver and the champion car, not forgetting to mention that how Salesforce employees cheered J.R. on at the racetrack. It was Hildebrand’s first race with Salesforce as a sponsor.
Salesforce Einstein Analytics Drove a Deep-Dive Analysis of Driver and Race Data
Salesforce’s Einstein Analytics team also added to the race festivities, hosting an interactive Analytics Pit Stop Experience at the racetrack that allowed attendees to glean insights using data from past Indy 500 races.
For example, Einstein Analytics could illuminate driver performance based on factoring in starting position, average speed, time in pit stops, number of pit stops, laps led, and on-track passes over the years. You can try Einstein Analytics by plugging in your own data set to this Explore with Analytics trail. In addition, Einstein Analytics drove a deep-dive analysis of driver and race data leading up to today’s race.
After the finish of the race, Salesforce’s CEO Marc Benioff tweeted —
— Marc Benioff (@Benioff) May 27, 2018
The fun did not end there for Salesforce followers. The company created stickers with Salesforce mascots commemorating J.R’s first Indy race with the company. Salesforce also created a replica of J.R.’s Indy car, placing it in the lobby of their iconic Salesforce West building in San Francisco.
J.R. said, “The first time I got in a go-cart, it was just sensory overload. And that was an experience I had never felt doing anything else. I’d raced BMX bikes, and it was always kind of in my blood a little bit, I think. But once I actually got in a go cart–you’re sort of taming the beast. It’s a very primal set of feelings.”
Quick Race Summary
Australian driver Will Power won the race, followed by Ed Carpenter and Scott Dixon. It was J.R.’s eighth Indy 500. He was 2011 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year, following a dramatic runner-up finish in the hundredth anniversary of the race. The San Francisco Bay Area native lectures on driverless car topics to classes at Stanford University, and is an advocate for science and technology education.
Congratulations J.R. and Salesforce on a great track event!