1963 Champ Invites Palins to Indy 500
Parnelli Jones, the 1963 Indianapolis 500 winner, invited Sarah and Todd Palin to this year's Indianapolis 500, and the former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential nominee took a ride around the world famous 2.5-mile oval in a Chevy Camaro.
“I’m anxious to see the stands full. That’s a spectacular sight, having watched it on TV all these years, growing up,” Palin told the Indianapolis Star. “We’re motor heads, so that’s kind of our thing. Our daughter’s (Piper Palin) middle name is Indy...I wish our kids were here.”
According to the Star, Todd and Sarah met Jones through "a mutual friend, Walker Evans, of Walker Evans Racing." Jones was being honored on the 50th anniversary of his win.
Jones told the Star that he is planning to go "caribou (reindeer) hunting with Todd Palin in August.
“She’s a real game gal and her husband, Todd, is a macho guy," Jones said after the Palins took take a ride around the IMS’ historic 2.5-mile oval in a Chevy Camaro.
Sarah said the ride around the track was "bucket list stuff."
“Todd races snow machines and Walker has come up to Alaska. Walker introduced us to Parnelli,” Sarah said.
Palin will reportedly watch the first pit stop from team owner Sarah Fischer's pit. Fischer is one of racing's leading businesswomen.
Photo courtesy: Indianapolis Star