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Indianapolis 500 milk tradition: How long has it been around?

FORT WAYNE, IND. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – As folks with the Indy 500 put it; 33 drivers, 500 miles, all for one bottle of milk.

It’s one of the most well-known traditions in sports, that’s been around since 1933.

What you may not know is that the ritual all happened by accident. In 1933 Louie Meyer crossed the finish line in Indianapolis and asked for a cold glass of buttermilk to quench his thirst.

Then when he won three years later, he asked for milk again! His photo was captured and placed in the sports section of the newspaper.

In 1956 it became a yearly tradition after Tony Hulman requested milk after his victory
now drivers look forward to the tradition year after year in the winner’s circle.

Kaitlyn Kendall

Kaitlyn Kendall anchors ABC21 news at 5 and is the chief investigative reporter for the stations Digging Deeper team.

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