Indy 500 drivers are choosy about their milk in Victory Lane

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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