Santa Rosa Beach man has attended every Indy 500 race for the last three decades

Published: Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 01:12 PM.

Now, wife Michelle will usually accompany him. If she doesn't want to go, Fillingim has no problem attending alone.

"I am into the racing aspect and it's not a social event for me," he said. "The best is the race itself."

The best years of the 32?

1993 and 1994, he says without much thought. Those were the years he was able to attend with Team Penske, and they won.

"We were taken to the track and back in a limo with a police escort, and I sat in their suites with them and had all sorts of food and drinks served and attended the racing ball. Everything was first class. It was neat," he remembers.

The Fillingims will fly up to Indianapolis for five days, making sure they dine one night at St. Elmo's Steak House.

His mother has already told him she will be watching for him on TV.

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