Growing up, I could hear the roar of the Indy 500 from my backyard—this intoxicating sound has drawn me into seeing the world’s largest single-day sporting event in person 18 times.
My favorite Indy 500 race memory to date is sitting in the sun with my Grandpa circa 1990—we woke up early, ate breakfast together, and walked hand-in-hand into the 2.5 mile oval. In between the 33 cars zipping around, he talked to my brother and I about his favorite memories as a kid. He reminisced about life lessons and reiterated the importance of family. He also recalled seeing icons like Mario Andretti, Johnny Rutherford, and Bobby Unser racing around the famed speedway.
Just in time for the holidays, here’s a unique gift idea.
This Wednesday, November 14, three-time Indy 500 winners Johnny Rutherford and Bobby Unser will be signing autographs for fans at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s Hall of Fame Museum. From 4-7 pm, you can step inside the museum for free to see its rare collection of cars on display. And, from 6-7 pm, you can have the rare chance to meet these legendary drivers.
Before meeting these legends, make a pit stop at the museum’s gift shop to pick up one of my favorite coffee table books “Indy 500: A Century Of Excitement” for the drivers to sign. Or, pick up an old-school baseball hat for signature. Wrap the signed items along with a few tickets to the 2013 Indy 500 and place it under the tree.
Hope you make a new memory with a few loved ones next May.