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Published On April 30, 2010 » 1372 Views» By Jarrod Krisiloff » Blogs, Fan Memories, Indy 500

Meeting the Drivers

When I was in 4th or 5th Grade, I lived in Speedway. One night a father of one of my friends asked if we would like to go with him over to the Goodyear Tire Shop located in the Speedway Plaza at Crawfordsville Road.  It was where the Hooks Drug Store was located…I believe the Goodyear Shop is still there. Well, I was absolutely awestruck as I stood there and listened to Johnny Rutherford, Gordon Johncock, Al Unser, and several others stood there and talked with everyone, signed autographs, and just seemed like regular guys. (My favorite driver was, and still is, Johnny Rutherford). It started raining and we all jumped under the tents that had been provided and after a brief downpour, the sun came back out. Most of the drivers got back to the tables and were signing autographs, and then I saw Johnny Rutherford push one of the tent poles that made the tent fabric itself buckle just enough to allow a pool of water that had collected in a “pocket” find its way to the edge of the tent to the top of Gordon Johncock’s head!!! Everyone just started busting out laughing and was quite hilarious!!!


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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 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.