Sarah Palin takes lap around Indianapolis as guest of Parnelli Jones


credit: Indy Star

On Saturday former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin and her husband Todd toured Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Palins were invited to the speedway as guests of 1963 Indy 500 winner Parnelli Jones.

Jones was honored on Saturday for the 50th anniversary of his Indy 500 win.

“She’s a real game gal and her husband, Todd, is a macho guy and they wanted to do it,” Jones said after the Palins took take a ride around the IMS’ historic 2.5-mile oval in a Chevy Camaro.

The ride around the track is “bucket list stuff,” according to Sarah.

Palin will likely watch the start of the race from the pit of Sarah Fisher’s team before heading to a Pagoda suite.

“I’m anxious to see the stands full. That’s a spectacular sight, having watched it on TV all these years, growing up,” Palin said. “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.”

Coverage of the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 will begin on ABC at 11:00 am ET.

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