From the Indy 500 paddock: Drivers’ favorite snacks

Published On June 21, 2016 » 3342 Views» By Phillip B. Wilson » Blogs, Indy 500

Drivers participating in last month’s 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil were asked by correspondent Phillip B. Wilson to reveal their favorite snack food.


Alexander Rossi, Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian: “Cheetos or Doritos. Anything that is chips. I have a bit of self-control with candy and stuff, but when it comes to chips, no way.”

Graham Rahal, Rahal Letterman Lanigan with Theodore Racing: “I’ve got a sweet tooth. Anything sweet. I’ve got a bad sweet tooth. I’d say ice cream over anything.”

The man with a Steak 'n Shake sponsorship has a weakness for ice cream? Imagine that!

The man with a Steak ‘n Shake sponsorship has a weakness for ice cream? Imagine that!

Charlie Kimball, Chip Ganassi Racing: “My wife makes the best chocolate chip cookie of all time. It’s amazing. My favorite dessert of all time is my grandmother’s cream puffs and my other grandmother’s chocolate sauce. My mom married my dad for this chocolate sauce recipe. You match the chocolate sauce with those cream puffs and it’s like a birthday-once-every-couple-years treat.”

Mikhail Aleshin, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports: “Sometimes I cannot hold myself from eating bad food. I don’t have anything special. If I eat it sometimes, I’ll have a hot dog.”

Jack Hawksworth, A.J. Foyt Enterprises: “Chocolate almonds.”

Stefan Wilson, KV Racing Technology: “Ice cream. That’s my weak link. That’s my Achilles heel.”

Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing: “Chocolate.”

Marco Andretti, Andretti Autosport: “Chips. Can’t help it, man. I can, but if I’m going to cheat, that’s what I’ll do.”

Matt Brabham, PIRTEK Team Murray: “I’m not big into sweets. Lemon bars.”

Townsend Bell, Andretti Autosport: “I love ice cream. Ice cream rocks.”

Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti Autosport: “I love chips, but I can’t eat ‘em. I like salt and vinegar, the spicier ones.”

We don't think Ryan Hunter-Reay is thinking of salt-and-vinegar chips here. But we can't be sure.

We don’t think Ryan Hunter-Reay is thinking of salt-and-vinegar chips here. But we can’t be sure.

Bryan Clauson, Dale Coyne/Jonathan Byrd’s Racing: “I like oatmeal raisin cookies. I don’t know if it’s that bad for me.”

Alex Tagliani, A.J. Foyt Enterprises: “My cookie, ‘Tag on the Go’ oatmeal cookies. Peanut-free.”

Takuma Sato, A.J. Foyt Enterprises: “Chocolate chip cookies. And I always have ice cream in the garage.”

Gabby Chaves, Dale Coyne Racing: “I definitely eat a lot of cookies. Just chocolate chip. No particular brand or style. If it’s a cookie, I’m eating it.”

Carlos Munoz, Andretti Autosport: “After the race, I love to eat pizzas or burgers. I’m not a sweets guy. I’ll eat pizza, burgers or fries.”


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Phillip B. Wilson

Phillip B. Wilson came to the Indianapolis 500 as a kid, got hooked and has been coming back every year since. He considers himself lucky to have covered the race for two decades for The Indianapolis Star. In August 2014, he joined the Scout online network as publisher of and Web pages. But May is his favorite time of year. He can't be more ecstatic about his second year working for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as a correspondent.