Drinking milk in Victory Lane dates to the 1936 “500,” when a
hot and parched Louis Meyer asked for buttermilk. It became
a fixture in 1956, thanks to milk company sponsorship.
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RECALLS A CLASSIC
In 1961, Jim Rathmann and Rodger Ward
dueled for victory in a race that included a
then-record 29 lead changes. Fast forward
a half century and the lead changed 68
times in 2013, with TK getting the win.
There are two major reasons
why the 100th running of
the Indy 500 happens in
2016, despite the first race
taking place in 1911.
America’s entry into World
War One in 1917 stopped
the “500” for two years,
but it was back for 1919,
carrying the title of Liberty
Sweep Stakes (ABOVE) to
celebrate a return to peace.
While Europe was again
consumed by conflict in
1939, America didn’t enter
the Second World War until
December 1941, meaning
that year’s Indy 500 did take
place. But then it was lights
out until 1946, when the
overgrown Speedway was
spruced up (BELOW) and
reverberated with racing
engines once again.
TWO WORLD WARS
big difference between being distracted by
the past and just appreciating what you’ve
done. Focusing on the next Indy 500, the
next moment, doesn’t mean disconnecting
from your place in the bigger picture.
“Before winning Indy last year, I’d
already won a couple of races for Roger
[Penske], but the Indy 500 was the one I
really wanted to win for him,” says Montoya
of delivering his legendary team owner a