The American Dairy Association of Indiana started the tradition of honoring the Fastest Rookie 39 years ago. Deb Osza, general manager of ADAI says celebrating The Fastest Rookie is another way to get them excited about the race. “We as the American Dairy Association of Indiana and Indiana’s Dairy farm families nurture the drink of milk at Victory Circle for every Indianapolis 500,” she says. “We talk to them (the rookies) about the tradition of the drink of milk in Victory Circle.”
Osza tells Brownfield during the month of May two very opposite industries come together. “The ag industry and Indiana dairy farmers produce milk that they then bring to the Indy racers and the racing fraternity that work so hard to win such a grueling race,” she says. “They (the winning drivers) get the milk from the farmers that work so hard and face a lot of difficulty to produce milk.”
This year’s Fastest Rookie is Bogotá, Colombia native Carlos Munoz. Munoz’s qualifying speed is just over 228 mph. He says he has a lot of work ahead of him. “I think I have to do my job on the track and then engineers and myself have to do the best work possible,” he says. “After that – depending on the results – I will see what happens with the milk.”
The Indianapolis 500 is this Sunday.