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Published On April 30, 2010 » 796 Views» By Jarrod Krisiloff » Blogs, Fan Memories, Indy 500

Herk’s Record Run


The fourth day of qualifications – 1960 – I was nine years old. My older brother (14 years older) had two Mister Softee trucks. He was privileged to have them at the Speedway during the month of May. One was behind Tower Terrace near Gasoline Alley and the other was stationed inside turn two. Because of this I was at the track everyday that I didn’t have to be in school. I loved it.
On the last day of qualifications we arrived early as usual. It was overcast and threatening rain. There were still several positions to fill the field, so if the weather held we should see a bunch of qualifying attempts. The first in line was a driver that I remembered from the previous year’s Hoosier Hundred, Jim Hurtubise. He had driven my hero Johnny Thomson’s pink number three that day. This day he had what I thought was the most beautiful car I had ever seen; two-tone candy purple number 56.
I was on top of the ice cream truck in turn two when Hurtubise took to the track. I’ll never forget the announcement of the first lap; “. . . it’s a NEW track record, one-hundred and forty-eight miles per hour.”
WOW! He broke the track record by quite a bit for those days. A rookie that I had barely heard of. The second lap was announced and it was even faster, now it was one-hundred and forty-nine! Could he hit a hundred and fifty? That was impossible,wasn’t it?

After the second lap was announced my brother, who I thought was at the truck by Gasoline Alley, is pounding on the side of the truck I was jumping up and down on.
“Hey, can you believe this? Listen, here comes the third lap announcement.”
It was even faster! Another new track record. There seemed to be electricity in the air. It nearly makes my eyes well up with tears as I write this. I’m sure nothing had ever excited me that much in my young life.

Then as he’s exiting turn four Tom Carnegie says “OH NO, he’s lost it . . no, he’s straightened it out?” That made the fourth lap just a little slower than the third, but it was still a four-lap average of over 149 miles per hour.

Thank you Jim Hurtubise, wherever you are.

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Jarrod Krisiloff

I'm a proud alum of the IMS New Media team and am currently serving as the Director of Marketing for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. My work covers new business, marketing partnerships and serving over 400 suite, hospitality and sponsorship clients at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. I've been attending IndyCar events since birth and have only missed one Indy 500. Racing is LIFE and I'd race for food if I had too. **My favorite driver is Rick Mears **My favorite track is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway **My favorite way to spend a race weekend is camping at places like Mid-O, Michigan or The Glen. **My ideal IndyCar is FAST--Really FAST and REALLY SCARY to drive! **My favorite Indy 500 moment was when Sam Hornish Jr. hunted down Marco Andretti for the win **My scariest IndyCar moment was when Ed Carpenter spent the night in the hospital after a bad wreck in Miami **My best idea was to set up IndyCar and Indy Lights team partnerships which allow teams bonus test days, but the Lights drivers must complete half of the time….great way to develop new talent and create more IndyCar licensed drivers. **I am an avid motorcycle rider **I enjoy playing Soccer **I can't stand watching golf, but I enjoy playing **I have two outstanding boys and a beautiful wife who feeds me well...and a killer dog named Rex **My first website was for my fraternity in college, second was for my brother....now a retired race car driver **I come to work every day with a bounce in my step and a coffee in my hand. I couldn't imagine a better place to work.