This enormous, juicy, deep-fried pork tenderloin sandwich is an Indy 500 ‘staple’

INDIANAPOLIS – Smashed, deep-fried and “goodness on a bun” is how one Indy 500 fan described his pork tenderloin sandwich – a classic at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Flattened out to between three and six inches in diameter, the $10 pork tenderloin is served up on a bun with lettuce, tomato and onion, while fans vary their condiment choices among mustard, mayo, ketchup or plain. Several fans said it’s the best thing to eat at the track because its crunchy outside and soft and juicy center make everything else look boring and tasteless.

“It’s a staple here at the track,” said Gail Hall, a Humble, Texas resident who’s been to 25 of the last 26 Indy 500s. “It’s fried, and it’s just delicious.”

Indy 500 fans Gail Hall and Laura Barker get ready to enjoy their deep-fried pork tenderloin sandwiches at the Brickyard.

The smell of the frying pork fills the air in the plaza outside the Brickyard’s Panasonic Pagoda, masking anything that could try to steal its thunder – burgers, chicken tenders, pizza, french fries.

Steve from Farmersburg, Iowa has been to 47 consecutive Indy 500s and, as he ate his pork tenderloin sandwich, recalled a time when the track had far fewer food choices.

“Years ago, all they had were hot dogs, but probably about 25 years ago, they tried to mix it up,” he said.

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