It has been the first weather friendly day at the track this week and many fans flocked to IMS to take advantage of it. Walking through the garage area we spotted the next fan of the day when we saw him waiting outside Helio’s garage. As he patiently waited he decided to perform the “robot” dance for his wife and friend. We saw his dance and immediately knew he was our guy. Meet Gil Manco…
When was your first Indy 500?
2002 was Gil’s first Indianapolis 500. It was the year of Helio’s second win and Gil was seated behind the fence Castroneves climbed after the victory. How ironic that we found Gil outside of Helio’s garage.
Who is your favorite driver and why?
Gil’s favorite driver is Tony Kanaan. He and his wife believe he is due for an Indianapolis 500 win and support him full force.
What is your favorite Indy 500 memory?
Gil grew up a half an hour away from IMS and spent his childhood not only watching the race on TV but getting to listen to the sounds of the racetrack. Hearing the excitement every year is a memory Gil cherishes.
How should the Indianapolis Motor Speedway celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 next year?
Gil had the great idea of creating a meet and greet with former names of the IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500. People such as Rick Mears would be ideal Gil adds.
What old faces would you like to see at a meet and greet?