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.
In 1936 Louis Meyer won his third Indy 500 and bizarrely chose to drink buttermilk in the winner's circle. The drinking of milk after winning the race tradition has pretty much stuck since then - one notable exception was in 1993 when Emerson Fittipaldi chose to drink orange juice as a nod to his ownership in orange groves.
This year in honor of the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 as many as 100,000 fans may be joining the winner in a milky toast. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials today announced a plan to distribute that many pints of milk in commemorative jars so when the driver is handed his glass, most of those on the front straightaway can join him for a toast.
Although Louis Meyer drank buttermilk, each driver in the 33-car field is asked before the race to choose between three types – whole, skim or two-percent. Although I'm guessing that if someone wanted buttermilk the Diary Council could make it happen.