We weren’t sure what to expect when we hopped in the golf cart to search for the last fan-of-the-day. We knew the amount of die hard fans would be numerous on race day and picking one seemed extremely challenging. Our quest led us to the Snake Pit and that was when we saw a “chest of awesomeness” standing out amongst the crowds of people. We’ve saved the best for last, meet fan-of-the-day: Nick Zoellner.
When was your first Indy 500?
Nick’s first Indy 500 race was back in 2005 when Dan Wheldon won. It is now Nick’s tradition to come to the race every year with his friends, camp out before the race and watch the race from the Snake Pit.
Who is your favorite driver and why?
Jay Howard is Nick’s favorite driver because he had the chance to meet him in person. Nick thought of Howard as a really nice guy. Nick was clearly still supportive of the Sarah Fisher Racing Team even though Howard failed to qualify for the race this year.
What is your favorite Indy 500 memory?
His favorite memory of the Indy 500 was this year because shaving his chest was not an easy task. He said a stencil of the checkered flag was used to mark off the squares, which then had to be carefully “manscaped” by his girlfriend. The entire process took about an hour and half to complete.
How should the Indianapolis Motor Speedway celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 next year?
Nick thought that the campground experience should be amped up a bit. He suggest that a concert with a big name band be in attendance.
What did you think of the Fan of the Day Blog leading up the Indy 500? Suggestions?