GREENFIELD — Racing filled many weekends of Guy Titus’ childhood.

He visited racetracks across central Indiana with his family for races of all sizes and popularity. The midget races were fun, he said, but there is nothing like the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Titus went to his first Indianapolis 500 in 1973 when he was 15 years old. The crowds of people were exciting and the atmosphere at the track unlike any other sporting event he’d been to, he said.

Titus goes back year after year, more times than he can count, he said; sometimes for the big race, sometimes for the qualifications.

In 2013, Titus had the opportunity to be in a two-seater car around the track with retired racer Roberto Marino. They reached speeds of 180 miles per hour on the pavement graced by so many drivers he admired. It amounted to one of his favorite memories, Titus said.

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Caitlin VanOverberghe is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3237 or