Indy Memory: Tom Morris

Published On April 30, 2010 » 1423 Views» By Jarrod Krisiloff » Blogs, Fan Memories, Indy 500

A True Family Tradition

At least one member of our family has been attending the 500 since 1955 and Grandstand A on the front stretch, except for a year or two in Turns 2 and 4, has been our Memorial Day weekend home ever since. I was born in 1954 and as I was gorwing up in Columbus, Indiana dad would tell me stories about his race experiences with my mom. He said that one of his scariest moments was in 1956 when Paul Russo’s Novi blew a tire right in front of them and my mom thought a bomb had exploded. Dad also told me stories of attending the race in 1958, the year of the big pile up on Lap 1..”all of the cars came by for the green flag and the next thing we saw was about half the field coming back around and no one knew what happened!” My big day came in 1965 when I attended my first race…Jimmy Clark won and I was never the same! Dad and I along with friends began attending each year thereafter. In 1987 I took my wife to her first race. She grew up in a town of 800 in the mountains of Idaho..and now enjoys the race with 400,000 friends. In 2004 my son, A.J, became the third generation of our family to attend the 500…and in 2007 my daughter, Alexandria Jean, joined me to complet the cycle.  My personal favorite memory? I have 37 of them–every electrifying flying start and holding my breath until the 33rd car gets through turn number one!
Tom Morris
Moscow, Idaho


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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.