I'm counting down the days until the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.

I'm not a race fan in the fanatic sense. I've only been to the Indy 500 a handful of times. My memories center around listening to the race on the radio in the backyard while filling out the leading laps grid from the Indianapolis Star.

I do love Indianapolis, tradition, and most of all a theme! Each day I will share a memory or tidbit of history.

Who doesn't love a dog behind the wheel of a car photograph? 

The terrier belongs to famed chief mechanic Cotton Henning and is sitting in Cliff Woodbury's car. 

Cliff made the Indy 500 lineup four years in a row, 1926 - 1929.

He qualified for the pole position in 1929. After crashing in the third lap, Cliff became the first pole-sitter to finish in last place in the Indianapolis 500 - a record that would stand until 1985, when Pancho Carter had the misfortune to do the same thing.