Yes, the Indy 500 Fan of the Day program is back and we’re ready to find the best fans Indianapolis Motor Speedway has to offer! This year, Cholula Hot Sauce became a sponsor of Fan of the Day and will award prizes to the lucky fan chosen each day.
We’ve seen how fun, crazy, and excited you fans can be and we’re asking you to bring all those qualities to the Speedway for the rest of May. Winners will receive a 4-pack of sauces, a t-shirt, and a 2ft. tall trophy bottle of Cholula Hot Sauce. Their picture will also be featured on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway website and Cholula’s Facebook page. Love hot sauce? Head on over to their Facebook page and let them know you caught the Fan of the Day!
Rain repeatedly interrupted Bump Day, but the fans didn’t seem to mind. The crowd lined Gasoline Alley, pit lane, and filled the stands. The sky was numerous colors throughout the day and so was the outfit the next fan of the day was wearing. His orange and green shirt and mardi gra beads caught my eye underneath the entrance to Gasoline Alley. Jimmy Nitro was the new Fan of the Day.
How many times have you attended the Indy 500?
Jimmy has lived in Indy for 15 years and has attended the race every single one of those years plus the two years before he moved to Indy. So, Jimmy has been to the Indy 500 17 times in a row, very impressive.
Which 100th anniversary event are you most looking forward to?
As a child Jimmy owned the Hot Wheels car on display in the plaza this May. Jimmy obviously has a love for Hot Wheels which explains why he is most looking forward to the Hot Wheels stunt taking place on race day morning. Jimmy says he plans on being in Turn 4 with his family to see the stunt happen.
What makes the 100th anniversary special to you?
Seeing all the “racing celebrities” and past drivers around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, especially Bobby Rahal, makes the 100th anniversary special to Jimmy.
What is one thing that always brings you back to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway?
The sounds and smells of IMS always bring Jimmy back. He loves the sound of the cars passing over the yard of bricks. “It makes a unique noise,” said Jimmy.
Which current driver would you like to see win this year’s Indy 500?
Jimmy would love to see Alex Tagliani win this year’s Indy 500. He had the honor of talking to Tagliani and shaking his hand. Jimmy thinks Alex Tagliani and the Sam Schmidt Racing team have a car that has what it takes to win this year’s race.
If you could choose any driver from the past to win this year’s Indy 500 who would it be?
What is your favorite racing memory?
Three years ago Jimmy attended the race with his brother-in-law and they were watching from Turn 4. His brother-in-law had painted an image of the American flag on his back. At some point during the day, a crowd of troops passed by them and sent out a special yell to Jimmy’s brother-in-law. Jimmy said the whole situation brought tears to his eyes. The incident ended up being in the Indianapolis Star a few days later.
In your opinion, which food is best with Cholula Hot Sauce?
Nachos with bacon, and tons of Cholula Hot Sauce.