Indy 500 legend delivered magical meeting for then-young repo…

Duke Nalon, two-time Indy 500 pole winner.
Duke had been named pace car driver for the 1983 Indy 500, and he had been on a one-man barnstorming tour of newspapers, TV and radio stations as he drove a replica Buick Rivera pace car to Indianapolis from his home in Phoenix.
Before he waved goodbye, Duke stopped and said something that cemented my love of Indy car racing and, especially, the 500.
Duke then drove us to a motorcycle shop in Indianapolis, which puzzled me because, lacking a deep knowledge of his race career, I couldn’t figure the connection between motorcycles and Duke’s midget/big car/Indy car life.

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