“We rode back with him to the hotel, and the entire myth, the facade, had gone. He was just a humble guy, super friendly, easy to talk to.
“Then we walked into the lobby of the Hilton, and three or four ladies absolutely lost it when they saw him—just going bananas. That’s when we realized how big a deal he was. We were probably on the fifth floor in the elevator, and we could still hear them screaming.”
This article is part of IM’s special May 2016 coverage of the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500.