I'm counting down the days until the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.
I'm not a race fan in the fanatic sense. I've only been to the Indy 500 a handful of times. My memories center around listening to the race on the radio in the backyard while filling out the leading laps grid from the Indianapolis Star.
I do love Indianapolis, tradition, and most of all a theme! Each day I will share a memory or tidbit of history.
And since I do love a theme, I feel like I need to start at 100 for the countdown, so let me catch you up.
100 days from the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 I was invited to a fancy party - The Pursuit of Progress. There were race car drivers - Rick Mears, Marco Andretti, and Simon Pagenaud. Television personalities - Lindsay Czarniak from ESPN, film folks Anglo Pizzo and Dvid Anspaugh (Hoosiers and Rudy), and lots of IMS folks.
The person that I was most awestruck of meeting was writer Allen St. John. First of all he's a real bona fide makes-a-living-by-writing about pop culture for a national magazine (Forbes) and writes books about sports and guitars. Sort of like meeting a unicorn - or a tall race car driver. I have to confess that our conversation centered around his guitar collection - punctuated with pawn shop stories and iPhone photographs. I dragged him behind the rope for a photograph and he was kind enough to oblige.