What milk did each Indianapolis 500 starter choose?
SPEEDWAY, IN. — The sweetest drink of milk in the whole world is arguably the small sip and bath of milk after winning the Indianapolis 500.
Before the 500, each driver chooses what type of milk they’d want in victory lane – so what did this year’s starters choose?
According to the Indiana Dairy Association, 28 of the 33 starters chose whole milk this year. That’s up from 2013 when just eight starters chose whole milk.
Former winners Helio Castroneves and Takuma Sato and rookie Benjamin Pederson each chose 2% milk. Meanwhile, Romain Grosjean and Katherine Legge chose fat-free milk.
Grosjean and Legge are the first drivers to choose fat-free milk since Conor Daly in 2020 (For what it’s worth, Daly chose whole milk this year).
A study by The Grueling Truth also found drivers preferring fat-free milk are winless in the Indy 500 since at least 2013.
Six of the last 10 Indy 500s were won by a driver preferring 2% milk – while three of the last 10 were won by a driver preferring whole milk.
The 2018 Indy 500, won by Will Power, is the only 500 of the last 10 where the winner didn’t have a preference. That was only one of 12 times where a driver didn’t have a preference since 2013.
The 107th Indianapolis 500 goes green, 12:45 p.m. Sunday, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Catch it on NBC/Peacock and IMS Radio.
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