Rob Megennis Palo Alto Networks Driver

Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Mazda Road to Indy 2017

Palo Alto Networks and RKM Racing hosted guests over the 3-day weekend. Overall attendance at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg totaled approximately 160,000.

Palo Alto Networks fits the mold beautifully as a team sponsor in a high tech sport like this, and I imagine that it provides lots of opportunities throughout the season to bring clients and friends to experience racing from a whole new perspective, thanks to Rob and Gary and the way they open up and explain the inner workings of the sport.
On behalf of Raymond James, a most sincere "thanks" to your family and Palo Alto Networks for a wonderful time on Sunday. Our group was truly amazed by the data presentation and all the nuances about racing. Our very best to Rob in his career aspirations - such an amazing young man.
Thank you for a fantastic time at the St. Pete Grand Prix. You and your family are awesome and we really had a blast. Good luck to Robert throughout the season. My wife and I will be keeping tabs...as Robert gained a couple new fans.
This is one of the most effective and synergistic sponsorship efforts I have come across in all my years in tech. Pass our feedback up the line at Palo Alto Networks as this was truly impressive.
On behalf of Bloomin’ Brands I wanted to thank Palo Alto Networks...We greatly appreciate the value and partnership that Palo Alto Networks brings to the table and your support of Robert Megennis, making it an even greater value and 360 experience. Ted--I look forward to connecting in the near future to cover a few opportunities that David and I discussed at RSA. Thanks again everyone for a fantastic day of racing.

Qualifications Race 1: After an abbreviated practice session, Rob qualified on pole and set the pace the entire session.

Qualifications Race 2: In this session, Rob qualified P3, but was moved to P5, after his fastest lap was removed for speeding under a yellow flag.

Race 1: Starting from pole, Rob kept the whole field behind him around the difficult Turn 1. He led the entire race and kept his nerve under significant pressure in the last laps. Rob became the first winner born in the 2000s in any IndyCar series with this win.

Race 2: Starting P5, Rob passed two cars in the first lap and advanced to P3. With two laps to go, Rob took P2 with a daring pass, before a late braking driver forced Rob into the wall, ending his race.

Palo Alto Networks - Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

  • All guests were given Palo Alto Networks/RKM Racing t-shirts and Mazda Road to Indy baseball caps. Children were given matchbox replicas of the Palo Alto Networks #80 car.
  • Rob will send thank you notes and social media links to attendees.
Robert at a Q&A session at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Hospitality, with Hassane El-Khoury, CEO of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation, and Mike Long, CEO of Arrow Electronics, Inc.

Credits:

IMS Photography, RKM Racing

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