Race car driver Norm Batten has come up a couple of times during this countdown. Yesterday we learned how he died. I failed to mention him by name, but he was the relief driver for Peter DePaolo's 1925 Indy 500 win.
Norm was hailed as a hero when during the 1927 Indy 500, he took a hot lap on the track. His car caught fire on the main straight and he drove (standing up!) the full length of the straight away, steering the blazing car away from the pits and crowd, jumping from the running car only after he was past the pits.
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.