Indy Memory: Ricardo A. Marquez

Published On April 30, 2010 » 1382 Views» By Jarrod Krisiloff » Blogs, Fan Memories, Indy 500

The best experience in life

My first experience at Indianapolis Speedway was in 1995. I went with a friend of mine named Federico. I have been a motor sport fan since I was a child and all this emotions started to rise inside my soul when my grandfather brought me to see a motion picture named Grand Prix. He was a well known race car driver in Puerto Rico (Dr. Francisco Panchoâ Marquez). He initiated me as a go-kart racer in 1973. This was the way, as everything started as a fan and racer.

Going back to my first experience at Indy, I remember that we were sat at the first turn after straightaway when, immediately after the green flag to start the race Stan Fox lost control of his car and wet airborne against the fence exactly where I was sat. I saw the car going directly to us and I felt down to the floor believing that the car was going toward us.  To be my first experience, It was an exalting sad moment. My best recollection was that Mr. Fox died three year later as results of the injuries received by the incident. I was very sad, but as a racer I quickly realized that he died doing something he liked. More over during that race I was following Michel Andretti skill and adventures because I consider myself as his follower/fan. I was very disappointed because he was running that afternoon as a champion and he were having a wonderful day at the track when suddenly he brushed the wall, damaging his car. After all Jacque Villeneuve won the race coming from a deficit of one or two laps. Also I remember that Scott Goodyear was denying answering a black Flag for passing the pace car during a caution. Finally it was and exiting day and wonderful experience.
My second experience was last year (2007). This time I went with my wife Dohanie and my son Osvaldito. It was a wet experience because rained all day. Dario Franchitti was the winner after Marco Andretti flipped over his car, Marco was running very well and he were having a great chance to win. It was also a great race because was the first time when tree females were driving at the same time Danika Patrick, Milca Duno and Sara Fisher.

My third and best experience was this same year when in July 7th. I had a chance to drive an Indy car at this famous track. Â It was the best feeling in the world. I encourage everybody to have this experience.
My fourth experience will be this year. I am returning to the track see another wonderful show.


About The Author

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 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.