Indianapolis, IN (June 4, 2004) – Red Bull Cheever Racing welcomes John Younger as the public relations intern for the 2004 summer. “I see this as one of the best opportunities for work experience that I’ve had yet,” said Younger. “The team has been so welcoming since day one, and I can’t wait to use my writing skills and sports knowledge for real on-the-job projects.”
His main duties will include writing news stories and taking photography for the website, writing pre and post-race reports, coordinating media events and requests, and maintaining the schedules of drivers Alex Barron and Ed Carpenter.
Beginning this fall he will be completing his last year at DePauw University where he is a Communications major and also a three-year starter on DePauw’s baseball team.
When considering his dream job, he confesses to a career in baseball operations, but only if he was working for one team.
“If I had the opportunity to get involved in baseball operations, I would only want to work for the Oakland Athletics because they are such an innovative team,” the 21-year old Younger said. “They have to compete with teams that have three or four times their budget, which forces them to be very creative with the way they do business.”
Until that dream job comes knocking down his door, he’s learning the inside scoop on public relations in the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series. There was no better place for him to get his feet wet than this year’s running of the 88th Indianapolis 500.
“My first two weeks on the job were two of the most amazing weeks of my life, yet at the same time the two craziest,” laughed Younger, the Indianapolis native.
Growing up an avid participant in many sports, he considers them a necessity in his daily life.
“I’ve always loved anything that was competitive, because I think it brings out who you really are as a person,” Younger explained. Sports are a direct parallel to life in that there are always going to be highs and lows.”