We’re chronicling 100 days of Indy 500 history on #SpeedRead leading up to the historic 100th Running. With 51 days to go, we look back with Dave Calabro to reminisce on his childhood at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
My first Indianapolis 500 that I can remember would probably be 1969. I grew up a mile and a half from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. I used to hear tire testing in the spring from my elementary classroom. When my dad was a Yellow Shirt, my first-grade class took a field trip to the old Hall of Fame Museum. I will always remember walking out the back side of the oval to see Art Pollard go by.
I was instantly hooked.
Mario Andretti’s 1969 win was my first Indy 500 experience in person from the grandstands along the main straightaway. I remember feeling like my eyes were going to pop out of my head. This was the year that lit my fire for the “500.”
Since growing up around IMS and continuing my profession in sports broadcasting, I have made many friendships and continued the race tradition with my family. My sons, parents and wife still sit in the same seats and follow the same routines every year, for every Indianapolis 500.