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Indy 500 drivers are choosy about their milk in Victory Lane

May 23, 2014, 8:09 AM EDT

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After Louis Meyer claimed his third and final Indianapolis 500 victory in 1936, he drank from a bottle of buttermilk, which he regularly enjoyed on hot days.

That moment was captured by a photographer, and per the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, an executive with what was then known as the Milk Foundation was so thrilled to see the photo in his newspaper the next morning, he vowed to turn it into a ritual each year at the ‘500.’

IMS notes that milk was not offered to the ‘500’ winner for a period in the late 1940s and early 1950s, but that the practice came back to stay in 1956.

These days, the American Dairy Association is in charge of keeping that tradition alive and checks in each year with every ‘500’ driver to take down their milk preference in case they should win the race. Here’s this year’s list…

Mikhail Aleshin – No Preference
Marco Andretti – 2%
Townsend Bell – Whole
Sebastien Bourdais – Whole
Ryan Briscoe – 2%
Kurt Busch – 2%
Ed Carpenter – Whole
Helio Castroneves – 2%
James Davison – Whole
Scott Dixon – 2%
Jack Hawksworth – 2%
JR Hildebrand – 2%
James Hinchcliffe – Fat-Free
Carlos Huertas – 2%
Ryan Hunter-Reay – 2%
Tony Kanaan – 2%
Sage Karam – 2%
Charlie Kimball – Fat-Free
Buddy Lazier – No Preference
Pippa Mann – Fat-Free
Juan Pablo Montoya – Whole
Carlos Munoz – Fat-Free
Josef Newgarden – 2%
Simon Pagenaud – Whole
Martin Plowman – Whole
Will Power – Whole
Graham Rahal – 2%
Sebastian Saavedra – Whole
Takuma Sato – 2%
Oriol Servia – 2%
Alex Tagliani – 2%
Jacques Villeneuve – No Preference
Justin Wilson – Fat-Free

  1. wallio - May 23, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    The question I”ve always wondered since I was a kid, is chocolate an option?

  2. peopletrains - May 23, 2014 at 8:40 AM


  3. kitnamania13 - May 23, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Emerson Fittipaldi is the only driver to pick correctly: orange juice.

    • wallio - May 23, 2014 at 9:26 AM

      Ah yes to shamelessly shill for his business back home, flying in the face of nearly 90 years (at that time) of tradition. He was booed relentlessly, and correctly.

      • dmcgrann - May 23, 2014 at 10:13 AM

        The winner gets paid $10,000 to drink that milk. Fittipaldi left that money on the table to go with orange juice.

      • wallio - May 23, 2014 at 10:52 AM

        To make how much more selling oranges? (he owns several groves)

      • kitnamania13 - May 23, 2014 at 11:47 AM

        It was a giant middle finger to the speedway, which is exactly why I enjoyed it so much.

      • indycar02 - May 23, 2014 at 7:57 PM

        he was booed relentlessly and correctly W H A T ?!?… how mislead and gullible are these dumb fans, NOTHING could could further from the truth. while these dumb fans are at it, why dont they boo the teams for going against tradition by using FULLY SYNTHETIC motor oil (

      • wallio - May 24, 2014 at 8:11 AM

        Sorry Indy, he was booed, watch it on YouTube. Of course you probably believe “33 is a just a number”.

    • indycar02 - May 23, 2014 at 7:26 PM

      yes he did!… WHY! does everybody want to drink what is meant only for baby cows?… no species past infancy drinks milk. try soy, rice, flax, or almond milk. i would think drivers would do their body as they would their car, but no (shakes head).

      • indycar02 - May 23, 2014 at 7:37 PM

        as for tradition, you dont see even one team using NON-SYNTHETIC motor oil. the drivers need to START thinking about their self as the mechanics do the car.

  4. techmeister1 - May 23, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    To each his own but anything except whole milk is like drinking colored water as it has no body to it.

    Who says politics are involved in auto racing or victory circle? LOL

  5. aljobe - May 23, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    The question I’ve always had: what about lactose intolerant drivers?

    • captaingroovy - May 25, 2014 at 3:01 AM

      Unless you are going to go into a anaphylactic shock drink the dam Milk your belly will feel better when you cash that $10,000.00 check. As for the person boo hooing about only infants are supposed to drink milk. I bet you have no problem eating ice-cream or Mac and Cheese. I think a cool glass of real butter milk tastes good on a hot day. The only problem that stuff they call butter milk in your local mega-mart is not real butter-milk. I do however enjoy a glass of whole milk from a local small dairy that does not take the milk apart to process it and pasteurised it slowly so it does not destroy the taste of the milk.

      • indycar02 - May 25, 2014 at 4:34 PM

        i have no problem , W H A T ? ! ?…. are you drunk, what did i just tell you about (dairy) milk. try non-dairy deserts, looks like you lost your BET. milk is for baby cows. HOW is my body going to feel better drinking what it WASNT designed designed for?….. you want to clog up your arteries L O L…. i see big business got you buttered up real good (

  6. indycar02 - May 25, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    wallio, what on earth are you talking about?!?…….

  7. indycar02 - May 25, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    excessive dietery protein not only depletes the bodys calcium, it also overloads and damages the kidneys (, understand, mr.GULLIBLE (shakes head!).

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